As we know at Cleveland Piano Lessons, quality private piano lessons have many advantages. Based on cognitive research in the last decade, people have different learning styles. Some are heavily right brained, some left, and some are bilateral. Also students may learn best by listening or doing or writing or reading. Some are concrete learners while others can deal with the abstract. As an educator, Dr. Arnoff is aware of these differences in learning styles and takes them into consideration when providing private piano lessons in Solon Ohio.
Here is one example of how Dr. Arnoff individualizes private piano lessons.
One student came in playing music ‘by ear.’ And his playing was good. But he could not read one note of music. Dr. Arnoff realized that he could not put this student into a usual beginning music series because that would not be motivating to his student. Since all private piano lessons are customized, Dr. Arnoff did several things:
1) worked with the student to write the first four measures of a piece that he was playing ‘by ear’:
2) created a ‘mystery melody’ by writing out the treble clef notes of a popular song and having the student identify it by learning to read the notes;
3) encouraged the student to create the bass clef accompaniment for this song;
4) taught the student the use of the I, IV, and V chords (music theory) to help him develop the accompaniment for this song.
Private piano lessons allow Dr. Arnoff to tailor all instruction to the individual learning styles of his student.
For more information on our private piano lessons in Solon Ohio, please contact us.
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For a young begninning student, Dr. Arnoff slowly introduces elements to practice. Sometimes the practice involves naming notes, figuring out words that notes can spell, writing notes on a staff, etc.. At first practice may only be 5 minutes three times a week. But the student always keeps and brings to lessons a record of his or her weekly practice. The object is for practice to become a routine and fun exercise that prepares a student for the next lesson
Depending on their developing skills, students are encouraged to practice no less than 60 minues per week to make mimimal progress. But, experience has shown Dr. Arnoff that any practicing beyond the 60 minute minimum has virtually double value. By that I mean, students who practice 90 minutes or more a week make amazing progress and quickly advance their skills.
People may be surprised to know that some children as young as 5 years of age can enjoy and be successful taking piano lessons in Cleveland with Dr. Arnoff. Of course factors such as attention span, innate interest in music and piano, frustration level and other factors must be considered when starting a very young piano student.
Many have found that acquiring and practicing musical skills builds a sense of confidence in children, as well as heighten their appreciation for the arts. Moreover, learning a new skill is a discipline that will benefit the child when acquiring other new skills.
When you visit Cleveland Piano Lessons in Solon, Ohio, Dr. Arnoff will assess your child and, if the right set of factors is there, we will develop an individualized course of instruction designed for success.