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The Piano Studio


John E. van der Brook


Classical Piano Studies - An Acccelerated Approach to Mastering the Piano

For a comprehensive, artistically conceived musical education, aimed at commited students looking to quickly master the basics.  Students completing the program will be accomplished pianists in every sense of the word.  

This program uses the Well Prepared Pianist Institute's basic curriculum, plus carefully selected supplementary material, to speed the student through pianistic basics.  Focus is on mastering literature and technique necessary to be an accomplished pianist. Students, if they so desire, are prepared to enroll in any university music school nationwide.  Students will master and maintain a repertoire of 20 selections at each level, give home, studio and concert recitals.  Students will attend Master Classes.  

Students must commit to quality daily practice, eliminate conflicting extra-curricular activities, and families must commit to procuring a quality practice instrument (see link below).   Students enrolling in this accelerated program should make piano their primary extra-curricular activity.  Lessons are 50 - 55 minutes weekly.  


Primer & Preparatory Levels

Depending upon the age of the student at entry, these five phases should be completed within 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years. Students learn the entire scope of the keyboard, elementary pedal technique, proper key touch for desired sounds.  Students give 5 house concerts (in home recitals for friends and family).  Students generally advance to the pre-sonatina level in this phase.


Advancing Level

Normally, this phase is 1 1/2 to 2 years, rounding out the student's grasp of intermediate level work. Students learn foundation etudes, substantial pieces of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century literature.  Students master use of all three piano pedals, and special pedaling techniques on the damper pedal.  Students increase their command of proper musical phrasing, control of dynamics, and velocity at the piano.


Graduating Level

This phase runs also runs 1 1/2 to 2 years.   Students begin study of elementary sonatas and more difficult literature.  Upon completion of this level, students are prepared musically and technically to learn the great masterpieces of piano literature.  


High School Level

This phase begins the study of masterworks which are within the grasp of accomplished high school students.  Advanced classical sonatas, Romantic and Impressionistic era works, including the compositions of Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Grieg, MacDowell, Rachmaninoff, and many others.


Program Tuition & Fees

Tuition is $1,680.00 for the school year.  This does not include enrollment fees, non-Studio recitals, special events or audition expenses.  Enrollment fee is $80.00

A comprehensive listing of literature may be found under the resources guide.

To enroll, call 459-1546

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