Why our Music School
Our Music School Brings New Meaning to the Word Teaching.
Focus on Teaching
All we do is teach music lessons. We do not sell or rent instruments of music.
This leaves us free to specialize in one thing: providing the highest quality of music instruction.
University Trained Teachers
Our music instructors are highly qualified and many have extensive performance experience. Most importantly, our music instructors strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style.
Online Practice Journal
Your online practice journal will be updated weekly during your on site lesson. Once your teacher submits the lesson, the student will receive an email with a link to the practice work on our system. Using this online music tool, teachers are able to send educational videos, pdfs, and sheet music to their students right away without having to wait a week for their next lesson.
Music Lessons for All Ages – Beginners to Advanced
Our current students range from 5 years old to many students in their 50’s and 60’s. We take care to teach what you want to learn so music is rewarding for students of all ages and levels.
Private Music Lessons
Private music lessons ensure that the student has the undivided attention of the teacher and can progress at the level suited to the individual.
Regular Concert and Recital – Optional
Music recitals and concerts are held at least twice a year. These provide students with performance experience and build confidence.
All music rooms at Piedmont School of Music & Dance are equipped with observation windows for peace of mind. Parents may also sit in on their child’s music lesson! There is desk staff on hand during all dance classes and music lessons.
At PSMD you have the ability to schedule private music lessons for two or more family members at the same time to avoid hours of waiting and driving to different lesson providers each month. Siblings, parents, guardians or multi-focused students can take dance classes at the same location and save travel time between assignments online activities.
Maximize your Music Lessons
We Care About the Learning Environment.
1. HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG – Starting at the right age
Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing.
For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you “the sooner the better” but this attitude can actually backfire and become a negative factor. If a child begins music lessons too soon, they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. Sometimes if the child waits a year to start music lessons the likelihood of him or her showing interest and practicing is greater. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well. The following are guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child should start taking music lessons.
At our school 6 years old is the youngest age we start children in private piano lessons. At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease. For our younger students (ages 4 & 5) they may enjoy our preschool piano program, Music for Little Mozarts.
Guitar – Acoustic, Electric and Bass
We recommend students start guitar lessons around 8 years of age or older. Playing the guitar requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips and younger children may find playing uncomfortable. Around ages 8 or 9 children’s hands have grown and toughed enough to mange a junior guitar and can handle tender fingers. Bass guitar students usually won’t begin training on a bass guitar until around age 10.
Our music faculty recommends children wait until they are at least 7 or 8 years of age to begin vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique.
We accept violin students starting at age of 5. Some instructors will begin training children as young as 3, but experience has proven the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 years of age or older.
2. INSIST ON PRIVATE LESSONS WHEN LEARNING A SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT
Group classes work well for preschool music programs, and theory lessons. However, when actually learning how to play an instrument, private lessons are far superior since in private music lessons it is hard to miss anything, and each student can learn at their own pace. This means the teacher does not have to teach a class at a middle of the road level, but has the time and focus to work on the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. During a private lesson, the student is the primary focus of the teacher and provides an environment for maximum productivity.
3. TAKE LESSONS IN A PROFESSIONAL TEACHING ENVIRONMENT
Learning music is not just a matter of having a qualified teacher, but also having an environment that is focused on music education. In a professional school environment a student cannot be distracted by T.V., pets, ringing phones, siblings or anything else. With only an half hour to one hour of lesson time per week, a professional school environment can produce better results since the only focus at that time is learning music. Students in a school environment are also motivated by hearing peers who are at different levels and by being exposed to a variety of musical instruments. In a music school, the lessons are not just a hobby or sideline for the teacher but a responsibility which is taken very seriously.
4. MAKE PRACTICING EASIER
As with anything, improving in music takes practice. One of the main problems with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing and the fight between parents and students to practice every day. Here are some ways to make practicing easier:
Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of a routine or habit. This works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day the practicing can occur, the less reminding is required by parents to get the child to practice.
We use this method quite often when setting practice schedules for beginners. For a young child 20 or 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, we use repetition. For example, practice this piece 4 times every day, and this scale 5 times a day. The child then does not pay attention to the amount of time they are practicing their instrument, but knows if they are on repetition number 3 they are almost finished.
This works very well for both children and adult students. Some adults reward themselves with a cappuccino after a successful week of practicing. Parents can encourage children to practice by granting them occasional rewards for successful practicing. In our school we reward young children for a successful week of practicing with stars and stickers on their work. Praise tends to be the most coveted award – there just is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done. Sometimes we all have a week with little practicing, in that case there is always next week.
5. USE RECOGNIZED TEACHING MATERIALS
There are some excellent materials developed by professional music educators that are made for students in a variety of situations. For example in piano, there are books for very young beginners, and books for adult students that have never played before. There are books that can start you at a level you are comfortable with. These materials have been researched and are continually upgraded and improved to make learning easier. These materials ensure that no important part of learning the instrument can inadvertently be left out. If you ever have to move to a different part of the country, qualified teachers and institutions will recognize the materials and be able to smoothly continue from where the previous teacher left off.
- Largest most renowned music and dance school
- All teachers hold university degrees in their instrument
- Focus on private lessons that are tailored to the student’s needs.
- Students are able to choose from pop, jazz or classical instruction.
- Instruction available for children as young as 4 to adults
- Optional low pressure recitals offered twice a year
- Complimentary master classes for missed lessons
- Ability to schedule private music lessons and dance classes for
- 2 or more family members at the same time to avoid driving time
- Desk staff on hand during all teaching hours
- Parent lounge with free wi-fi
- Students or parents never required to fund raise for studio events
- Secure and user friendly online payment and registration system
- Professional environment, free of distractions that are often found when take lessons out of a home
- Music rooms have glass windows for viewing and peace of mind