Preschool Piano Lessons
Children age 4 and older can join in the fun of piano lessons!
Starting piano lessons at a young age is incredibly beneficial in a number of ways:
Preschool Piano for Rhythm Development
Children who learn to "find the beat" when they are young have a far easier time developing a stable sense of rhythm. This helps with music but it can also contribute to athletic performance and body mechanics.
Preschool Piano for Patterns
Playing the piano is all about learning and recognizing patterns. By studying patterns at the piano, children can hone their ability to see patterns in other subjects, such as math, literature/English, science, and visual arts.
Preschool Piano for Movement
Making music at the piano requires movement and coordination. Oftentimes, preschool-aged students are still learning how to reliably direct messages to particular body parts. Repetition with a musical instrument is a fantastic way to develop neutral connections, and improve hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity.
Preschool Piano for Connecting the Brain
Musicians have a bigger corpus callosum (the part of the brain that connects the right hemisphere to the left) than non-musicians. The corpus callosum allows both sides to communicate with each other, and is responsible for eye movement and helping us maintain our balance.
Preschool Piano for Discipline and Habit Development
Learning to play the piano requires a home practice routine, a growth mindset, and persistence. As young children learn their material and become stronger musicians, they understand that follow-through and good habits are the secret sauce to developing new skills and abilities. When you believe that anything is possible with a little hard work, the world becomes full of opportunities.
Preschool Piano for FUN and social connection
This is the most important point and that's why it is last. Learning to play the piano at Piano with Chelsea is more about fun and creativity than strictness and exams. While I support those students too, my primary goal is to foster a love of music and a desire for longevity in my students. Starting students at a young age gives them a long time horizon to develop the understanding and skills that help make piano fun for the rest of their lives.
Buddy lessons (see below) are also the perfect opportunity to socialize and collaborate with another musicians-in-the-making.
Students may choose from two different lesson options: buddy and one-on-one. Full details on lesson fees, policies and the academic calendar can be found here.
Buddy Piano Lessons
Buddy lessons combine the best of both worlds - private and group - without any of the drawbacks. Students are engaged in learning 100% of the time they are in my studio. And they have fun! Each student gets the highly individualized structure of private lessons followed by overlap with the next student. This buddy time allows us to work on ensemble improvisation, theory games, and duets.
Students under 7 years old will have 40-minute buddy lessons. This is 20 minutes private followed by 20 minutes with me and another student.
One-on-One Piano Lessons
Students 7 or younger or in their first year of study will take 30-minute one-on-one lessons.
"So thankful we found Piano with Chelsea in the local area. She is wonderful with my 6 year old as Chelsea allows her to grow her love of learning and music during each weekly session. I love that she engages my daughter as a piano peer versus a small child when it comes to truly teaching piano/music.
We get a sense of productivity in each session, but as a parent/guardian, you have to ensure your child practices throughout the week if you’d like to see ongoing progress (just like with any hobby/skill - practice makes perfect).
I highly recommend Chelsea for lessons of all ages as her teaching skills, love of the piano, and professionalism are top notch!"