Thinking about taking piano lessons?
You can sign up for piano lessons today by using the form below. After submitting your information, your message will be returned within 24 hours. Thank you for your interest! :) -Thor
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After submitting the form above, you will be contacted within 24 hours. We'll then set up a schedule, talk about your goals, and you're good to go - no hassle, no fuss.
Why take lessons from me?
Many reasons, of course! But to name just a few...
I design my lessons specifically to fit your goals. I like to cater my lessons to fit your needs, so that you can start working towards the goals you've set. Whether it's mastering the classics, playing Christmas carols, brushing up on jazz chords, or learning to play popular covers, I'll work with you to make sure you get what you want out of the lessons.
Learning an instrument can be life-changing. Tackling a discipline like piano is not just a once-a-week task. It involves daily practice, and a routine that becomes part of your life. Most musicians practice every day, and if you want to become a musician you have to practice like one. This, of course, will be the most exciting part of your new endeavor!
You will have a teacher who is patient. I've taught students of all ages, all abilities, and from all musical backgrounds. You'll come to each lesson with the peace of mind in knowing that I'm completely aware of your existing skills, even if you're a total beginner and have never taken a lesson before.
Did you know? Learning to play music...
1. Improves performance at school (better grades, higher test scores).
2. Improves memory, math skills, and spatial skills.
3. Boosts confidence and self-esteem.
4. Opens doors to other music opportunities (learning another instrument, discovering additional talents, gaining performance experience, etc.).
5. Allows you to explore therapeutic effects of music (stress relief, healing capabilities, relaxation and enjoyment).
6. Improves quality of life.
7. Creates new avenues of art and self-expression, including a possible career in music, or as a great hobby.
8. Creates opportunities to bond with new friends and collaborate with like-minded people.
All ages are welcome. I teach kids as young as 5 years old, and have taught all ages from 5 and up, including adults. I use different methods and materials depending on the student's age, current skills/abilities, and his or her goals.
Where do I go for the lessons?
I teach my lessons at The Music Connection, which is located on 341 W. 3rd Street, in Chico. (You can visit their website here). The lessons take place once a week. After we set up a date and time for your weekly lessons, all you have to do is show up, and you're good to go.
The Music Connection (downtown Chico)
My current rate for piano lessons is $120 per month. This works out to about $30 per lesson. Each lesson is a half-hour long. You can find more info about fees and other policies by downloading my Music Lesson Contract.
What if I've had no musical training?
Not a problem! I teach plenty of beginners, and you can be any age. The only requirement is that you have either a piano at home, or, at the very least, a NICE full-sized keyboard or digital piano you can practice on. If you pIay the assigned exercises and songs on a daily basis, and practice at least 5 days per week, I personally guarantee that you will begin making progress. The Beginner Course also includes all the components that you would normally see in a traditional piano course (note-reading, fundamentals, scales, chords, exercises, a repertoire of easy-to-play songs, dynamics, technique, interpretation, etc.).
The Piano Composition Course
I sometimes get students who want to learn how to write their own music. Teaching people how to compose has been one of the most enjoyable things I've ever tried. Some people have dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter, others want to pursue a more solo approach and are interested in composing only for one instrument. You can sign up for this course whether you're a seasoned pianist, a beginner, or anywhere in between. The content and the pace of the course is a little bit more open-ended because it depends on the interests and goals of the student, but it includes many of the fundamentals and concepts of music composition (how to write catchy melodies, how to create good chord progressions, how to organize the structure of your piece, how to create effective transitions, etc.). These types of lessons can be really fun and often end up with a student writing his/her first composition, and even performing it at a concert or a recital.