While we are prepared to offer instruction on almost any instrument, we highly recommend that piano is the starter instrument for students in K-3. Piano sets the foundation for music theory and notation, and provides an immediate understanding of melody and harmony. Any instrument a child wants to learn as they get older will be supported by a piano foundation. For younger students, piano works to strengthen their developing fine-motor skills. Perhaps most importantly, students can leave their first lesson having found success learning a song that they can play for family and friends. This immediate gratification can be important when it comes to inspiring young students to be motivated to continue instruction.
Modern research shows a real and significant benefit to students who practice an instrument regularly between the ages of 5-9. We know that children who practice an instrument at a young age do better academicallythan their fellow students. Not only are their artistic and musical skills above the norm, but also their language and mathematics skills are improved.
While this benefit is sometimes difficult to measure with each individual student, a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience proves that musical training has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing stronger connections between motor regions. When comparing brain structure, young adults who practiced regularly in their younger years showed significantly enhanced white brain matter in the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the left and right motor regions of the brain. Talent and ability had no impact on the development of brain development, only that the students were engaged in practicing an instrument.
What is My Investment?
An 8-week commitment is $560. Classes will be offered each semester in conjunction with After School Classes, so there will be an opportunity to continue classes past your initial 8-week commitment.
How do I Register?
Sign up here to secure your lessons.
Once you have submitted the online registration, you will be contacted to discuss scheduling for your specific lesson day and time. You will have the option to pay via credit card or check. All payments must be made prior to the first day of lessons.
Please Note: If a lesson is canceled due to the student being sick, we make every attempt to make up the lesson. If a parent cancels a lesson due to a scheduling conflict, we allow for one such make-up in each batch of eight lessons. In cases where there are more make-up classes than there are weeks in between Trimesters, and the student is signed up for another Trimester of Conservatory, make-up days will be added on at the end of the following Trimester.
If you have any questions, please contact Zach Hinkle, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-841-2505 x160.