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Why play a musical instrument?

Improvement in:

  • reading ability
  • vocabulary
  • neural activity in native language
  • acquisition of  non-native languages
  • listening skills
  • auditory memory
  • working and long-term memory
  • focus
  • attention to details
  • spatial and abstract thinking skills
  • logical thinking patterns
  • coordination
  • dexterity
  • self-esteem
  • self-discipline
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • stress-reduction
  • time-management
  • study habits
  • creativity

"Music should be studied not for the sake of one, but of many benefits."
-Aristotle
Why learn to play the piano?
  • The piano is one of the only instruments that can provide both melody and harmony at the same time.

  • The piano is versitile enough to be an ideal instrument for solo works and also accompaniment for voice and other instruments.

  • The piano is not tuned by the student, so there's no need to spend time tuning, or worry about finding the right pitch while practicing.
a whole orchestra at your fingertips,
waiting to be played. . .
  • The piano is the optimal playground for learning about musical theory - the basics are literally laid out in black and white.  Intervals and chords are easily seen, making the mathematical background of music more readily accessible. When students are able to comprehend why music works the way it does, then they are able to have a whole new level of understanding and enjoyment.

  • The piano has become the classic instrument to use for composing. After all, it's like a whole orchestra is at your fingertips, waiting to be played.

  • The piano is a great instrument for families. It's usually placed in a well-trafficked area of the home, ready for practicing, solos, duets, singing, and dancing.

  • The piano is a great instrument for life. Young children are able to grasp the concepts, and once they've mastered them, they have a life-long, built-in hobby. Even in old age, the piano is there as a friend.

  • The piano is a fun instrument built for experimination and creativity!

Why study piano using the ClassicalBrain model?

    Innovative Instruction
  • Audio
  • Visual
  • Kinesthetic
   Organized Framework
  • Introduction
  • Application
  • Creation
   Holistic Philosophy
  • Logical Structure
  • Imaginative Artistry
  • Applicable Life-Skills

The ClassicalBrain model is geared toward a complete mastery of the piano. In addition to instrumental skills, lessons also include an emphasis in music theory, composition, memorization, ear training, history, and musicianwhip.

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A piano lesson isn't just about plunking notes out on a keyboard.
Certainly the main goal of taking lessons is to produce proficient pianists, but only looking at the end result is like admiring the roof of a house, but neglecting to see the foundation, doors, windows, walls, and entirety of the home.

Without a firm foundation to steady a house, it doesn't matter how grand the roof is, it will all come crumbling down. The first few years of piano lessons are especially concerned with building that strong base of piano theory and musical concepts. Progress may be slow, and foundations aren't always glamorous, but the hard work and memorization at the beginning will pay off for the rest of the student's life.

To slap a roof directly onto a foundation would be rather ridiculous – there needs to be a frame, some space, and adequate room to grow. Well-rounded musicians need depth. A frame-work of proper technique, musicianship, history, and even science is essential to a pianist's education.

Finally, by building the foundation and framework efficiently, a student learns patience, perseverance, dedication, respect, time-management, focus, problem-solving, and spatial perception; all while embracing creativity and also broadening skills in memorization, vocabulary, and logical thinking. Not to mention research which has shown the numerous mental, emotional, social, and health-related benefits of musical study. Incorporating the entirety of the “musical house” into piano study encourages the foundational structure of a truly well-rounded musician. 

The “musical house” sounds nice hypothetically, but how is its philosophy made into reality? First of all, let's admit that music takes a lot of work. It takes time, commitment, and practice. But the good news is that learning doesn't have to be hard, and it is definitely rewarding and FUN!
 
The framework of the music trivium is based on a microcosm of the three-pronged approached to learning called classical education. The first stage of learning is simply being introduced to the concept and memorizing it. Then the student is ready to apply the concept to an actual song and see how it is used in music. Finally, the student is ready to be creative, think independently, and use that specific concept in his own composition. This three-step system is a logical progression, and utilized along with repeated memorization, it encourages the brain to switch the concept over into “long-term” memory.
 
Memorization is not usually a thrilling hobby, but the framework of theory comprehension is woven into the curriculum using innovative instruction. Employing imagination and memory techniques, students will use audio, visual, and kinesthetic tactics to master concepts, apply them, and create their own music.
 
Through the progression of the program, students learn skills applicable both to the world of music and also to everyday life. Moreover, they are introduced to the  joy of music – which is a lifelong gift! The logical structure of curriculum, combined with its imaginative artistry, makes the music trivium a whole-brain learning experience and a well-rounded approach to music education. 

The “musical house” sounds nice hypothetically, but how is its philosophy made into reality? First of all, let's admit that music takes a lot of work. It takes time, commitment, and practice. But the good news is that learning doesn't have to be hard, and it is definitely rewarding and FUN!

The framework of the music trivium is based on a microcosm of the three-pronged approached to learning called classical education. The first stage of learning is simply being introduced to the concept and memorizing it. Then the student is ready to apply the concept to an actual song and see how it is used in music. Finally, the student is ready to be creative, think independently, and use that specific concept in his own composition. This three-step system is a logical progression, and utilized along with repeated memorization, it encourages the brain to switch the concept over into “long-term” memory.

Memorization is not usually a thrilling hobby, but the framework of theory comprehension is woven into the curriculum using innovative instruction. Employing imagination and memory techniques, students will use audio, visual, and kinesthetic tactics to master concepts, apply them, and create their own music.

Through the progression of the program, students learn skills applicable both to the world of music and also to everyday life. Moreover, they are introduced to the  joy of music – which is a lifelong gift! The logical structure of curriculum, combined with its imaginative artistry, makes the music trivium a whole-brain learning experience and a well-rounded approach to music education.

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