Courses of Study


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Elementary - Intermediate:

Beginner piano lessons are taught at the pace of the individual student and most often employ either the John W. Schaum or John Thompson methods.  Technical exercises such as Schaum's Finger Power series are used to develop the student's finger strength as well as major scales taught in contrary and parallel motion and arpeggios (chords).  

 Early technical exercises give way to the first book of Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist. When the student has reached the intermediate level by completing a method series, collections such as the Sonatina Album published by G. Schirmer and J.S. Bach’s 2 & 3 Part Inventions are employed.

Advanced Piano Study:

The technical aspect of advanced lessons emphasizes Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist - Book 3: Transcendent Exercises, as well as the complete Chopin Etudes.  The repertoire varies with each student's needs, but generally includes:

J.S. Bach:    The Well-Tempered Clavier

Beethoven:  32 Sonatas

Brahms:      Late works

Mozart:       Sonatas Complete

Debussy:     Préludes Complete

Advanced lessons are taught in the Recital Room where there are two Steinway grand pianos.  The student sits at the "B", the teacher at the "D", creating a kind of musical dialogue.


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 For other early voice students, repertoire is drawn from books such as 56 Songs You Like to Sing and the Art Song which include songs in several languages.  To emphasise proper breathing techniques and vowel and consonant diction, technical methods auch as SieberVaccai, and Ponofka are introduced as well as various vocal excersises. Advanced voice study involves ongoing vocal training, based on the natural curve of the voice and care of an instrument which demands differing amounts and kinds of care throughout the life of the singer.  Technical focus is turned to ongoing programs which increase reading abilities with emphasis on reading ahead.  Repertoire focuses on Lieder and French song as well as Classical music appropriate for church singing.