Mainstream Piano


The Piano Studio


John E. van der Brook


Mainstream Piano 
Classical Studies 
Recreational Piano 
Artist Studies 
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The Mainstream Piano Study Program

The Mainstream Program is carefully designed to fulfil the musical needs of most students wishing to learn the piano.  Students master the basics of both playing the piano and reading music, so they can continue learning and playing throughout their life.  Highly motivated students can use this program as a foundation for college entry into a music major; others can rest assurred they possess the basic skills to have a lifelong enjoyment and skill of music making.

All the basic essentials are covered, allowing students to become proficient pianists, able to play any form of social music such as pop, jazz, church, folk music, movie themes, etc., and to be able to play early advanced classical literature.  Students will master and maintain a repertoie of 7 to 10 selections at each level, as they advance, and participate in recitals, Auditions, etc.  Students may attend Master Classes. Students must commit to a minimum of daily practice, minimize conflicting extra-curricular activities, and families must commit to procuring a quality practice piano  appropriate for this level. Weekly lessons are 40 minutes for young students and  55 minutes as they become older.  As in any study program, the amount of success is completely determined by the study effort of the student.  


Elementary Level

Usually parallels school grades; usually completed by end of 5th grade.  Students use a modern music  book which captures the interest of the grade level and maturity of this student.  Students learn main key patterns and elementary use of the pedal;  proper key touch is taught along with hand, wrist and arm motions.  Students generally advance to the pre-sonatina level in this phase.


Intermediate Level

Normally, a three to four year phase, students begin to learn serious classical music, as well as contemporary sounds, some jazz, pop, and other social music.  Students begin use of all three piano pedals; students increase their command of proper musical phrasing, control of dynamics, and velocity at the piano.   For the most success, daily practice should be 60 - 90 minutes.


Preparatory (High School) Level

Students who continue on in their high school years will continue to improve their playing, but at a slower rate. Because the demands for practice time is expanding just as student's academic demands are increasing, the amount of repertoire is reduced.  Normally Preparatory level students will learn 7 to 10 pieces for their auditions each year and will aim for their high school diploma in social music. Typically, a student will learn a Baroque piece, an easier Classical era Sonata, study several Romantic era selections and learn a couple of 20th & 21st century pieces, including one by an American Composer. music.

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


Program Tuition & Fees

Tuition is $1,310 (40 min lessons) or $1,680.00 (50 - 55 min lessons) for the school year; Enrollment Fee - $65.00/$80.00. Tuition does not include non-Studio recitals, events or audition expenses.

To enroll, call 459-1546


The Music Room in our Studio has three high quality pianos, so student and teacher can perform together, plus a recital grand.  Lessons are recorded to DVD for student to take home and review through the week.



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