Located in the New Tampa area, we have a piano-focused state-of-the-art building with beautiful grand pianos for all private piano lessons and a piano laboratory for our piano group classes.
: Your comfort in the private lesson setting is one of the most important things to establish at the beginning, and we go to great lengths to make sure that the piano lesson is paired with an instructor that suits your needs. Our Academy’s founder, Dr. Judith Jain, interviews every prospective student to make sure you are placed in the program that best fits your learning needs. Being placed with the optimal teacher for an individual learning style leads to musical goals and their successful realization. Whatever the age of your child or whether they have had training before or not, we can find a place for your bright young learner at our Piano Academy
CONCEPT BASED CURRICULUM
: Our teaching is concept based. Our students learn specific musical concepts at each level of development, resulting in creating independent learners who own these musical concepts. Students are therefore able to learn pieces of music on their own and have music be a part their lives long after they stop taking piano lessons. This approach guides the piano students in a way that both student and parent can follow: there are clearly defined goals and milestones, and with young minds, the sky is the limit once a strong musical routine is set in place. Believe it or not, most other traditional piano teaching focuses on a repertoire-based approach. This means that on a typical music week a student would study a piece of music at home, somewhat unguided in this approach, then he or she would show that progress in the piano lesson
, and at that point the instructor would ‘fix mistakes.’ This system, unfortunately, produces a learning environment for the piano student that teaches them a trial-and-error approach to music-making, instead of learning music and piano on understood concepts and applicable skills.
RECEIVE A COMBINATION OF ONE ON ONE AND GROUP INSTRUCTIONS: There are elements of music that are best learned in groups and others in private lessons. By combining the two, we optimize music learning and create a fun and collaborative environment for our children. Private piano lessons are for studying music and the art of the piano, and group classes are there to practice the participatory musical experience of performing and playing, not to mention an active class discussion.
LEARN ON GRAND PIANOS: With the development of technology, digital keyboards have become popular. However, when it comes to learning how to play the piano, digital keyboards are ‘imitations’ of acoustic pianos. Grand pianos are the optimal way of learning how to play the piano because it is important to develop good habits from the beginning. If you learn how to play the piano using a grand piano, you can play keyboards, but the same is not always true the other way around. Come learn how to play the piano at our New Tampa piano academy. Your technique, sensitivity to sound production, and musical taste will thank you for it.
LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO ONLY FROM QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS: Some people may feel that learning how to play the piano, especially in the early stages, can be taught by anyone who ‘knows piano.’ The field of piano performance incorporates all the traditional degrees from undergraduate to graduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral programs. The career path is very long because it takes years to become a specialist in the area of piano performance and piano teaching. Here is where the field of pedagogy comes in. All of our piano teachers hold Master’s or Doctorate Degrees in piano. In addition, they receive the necessary training to sharpen their communication skills so that they may teach in the way in which our students naturally learn.
LEARN PIANO USING A GRADED PROGRAM: When learning to play the piano it is best to learn in a way similar to that which we did when we learned how to read: gradually, one level at a time. This type of piano learning enables our students to build their musical foundation while learning how to play pieces of music that they enjoy. At our New Tampa located piano academy, we teach using a system that takes the student through a graded program.
WE KNOW EACH ONE OF OUR STUDENTS BY NAME: We have only one location, because our goal is quality, not enrollment numbers. Our Piano Academy’s founder and director, Dr. Judith Jain, works with all of the piano students at the Academy personally, on a regular basis. The academy’s faculty hold weekly meetings, and the academy operates as a big family. Each student who learns piano here is treated with respect and the teaching provided is guided and tailored, with many professionals working together to facilitate learning.