There is a proper technique with which to play the piano just like there is for violin or any other musical instrument. In piano, the technique is subtle; and, because a decent sound can be achieved merely by pushing down the keys, many pianists do not learn the correct technique. David Cutter teaches the correct technique by demonstration from the very first lesson.
Performance opportunities A range of performance opportunities are available for David's students. Traditional formal recitals, informal adult salons, group lessons and piano ensembles are all available. End of semester recitals and piano ensemble performances feature the semester-long work of these pianists.
Students make the quickest progress by taking weekly private lessons, practicing every day and participating in either group or ensemble lessons. It's that simple.
Everyone is familiar with what a one-on-one piano lesson looks like. One-on-one lessons are best for introducing new skills and concepts. This is the time to delve deeply into the music and for the student to demonstrate progress and receive directed instruction. At David's studio two pianos facilitate easy demonstration and imitation of skills. Using the music students are working on, the teacher demonstrates a movement, a sound or a rhthym and the student matches it. A good teacher demonstrates the correct motion and sound and corrects what the student does. The student practices at home what they learn at each lesson. Given a private lesson, a group lessson and practice, a student can expect to be playing simple music within a matter of weeks.
Private or group instruction? It is optimal to take both private and either group or ensemble lessons. With a variety of instructional approaches, a student learns musical skills in different ways creating a richness of experience. But it's also fine for a student to take private lessons only. Students who choose to take just private lessons still learn quickly with David. Packages are available that combine private and group instruction if desired. Regardless of which you choose, you will experience the unique teaching style that David offers.
More about Group Lessons
Pianists, because they play alone for the most part, are notorious for having weaker rhythm skills than orchestra musicicans who must have precise rhythm skills in order to play together. Group lessons solve this problem. and have several advantages that enhance private lessons.
A group lesson is two to five students playing music and drills together. The teacher leads drills, pairs students to drill each other and works individually with students as needed. Group lessons promote precision as students have to play together. In piano ensembles students work with a musical score to learn the phrasing and shaping of a piece of music. Piano ensembles are two to five pianists learning and playing from one music score. Ensembles combine the fun and artistry of music with the precision of group work. With both group and ensemble lessons students get to enjoy the piano as a social experience.
Another advantage of group lessons is how they support a child who might feel nervous or self conscious when working with an adult. A group lesson allows a student to work with peers which reduces nervousness. A good example of this is solfegge training. Solfegge training is the name for the familiar Do Re Mi system. Singing or humming is the way to learn these skills. A child is less self conscious singing with peers than alone with the teacher.
Still another advantage is the positive peer pressure that enhances the practicing experience. Playing music with others, even if just clapping, makes for a sharper and more precise effort. An important benefit of group lessons is that students are motivated to drill faster and harder when working with peers.
Weekly tuition includes both a private lesson and a group or ensemble lesson each week. For those students taking only a private lesson, the tuition amount will be the same. A pay-what-you-can trial lesson allows both the teacher and the client/student to get to know each other. That way there is a basis for setting an acceptable rate. The price can be reduced if there is a financial need. Please call for current rates.
With piano lessons, paying more for better quality means avoiding bad habits and learning in an efficient manner. The professional studio with two pianos adds to lesson efficiency. This means it takes less time to achieve a particular level and thus saves you money, time and frustration. David Cutter can help you learn faster, so don't let concern about the rate stop you from calling
Call David Cutter for more information. (626) 260-1615