The Piano Studio
Who doesn't love the piano? Well, the sad truth is that many of us who had lessons as children did not enjoy the experience of having an unengaged and uninspiring teacher sitting next to us pointing to music on a page and expecting us to play better just because they were shouting at us. That was certainly my experience growing up and it's my mission to ensure that I give my students an experience that stimulates and challenges them while we're all having fun. My approach is based on the latest findings in the fields of psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as music education, of course!
At Thrive Music Studio™, we understand what children need to enjoy making music.
Play A Story (5 - 7 yrs)
Like learning a language, music begins with listening then playing with sound. Using beautiful animations, music and other digital supporting materials, your child will discover the joys of playing the piano by appealing to their hearts and imaginations first. Improvisation is the emphasis in the first year. At the end of their second year, your child will learn to read music notation to help them become musically literate.
Our small group classes (8 max.) make learning an enjoyable and sociable experience. Musical friendships thrive in this cooperative and supportive learning environment. Parents are involved right from the start. You'll be learning along with your child and guiding their home practising. You'll observe in-class teaching and you'll also receive additional support to help you assist your child in starting off their musical journey in the most enjoyable way possible. 3 parents-only classes will focus on learning how your child's brain is developing and how you can teach them even more effectively. Other topics covered have included Growth Mindset and Motivation. Watch a video on Play a Story by clicking here.
Registration for September 2019 - June 2020 is now open. New Level 1 class on Saturdays, 3.15 - 4.15 pm beginning September 7. Email us for a consultation or to learn more. Limited enrolment.
TUITION (excluding books and digital materials)
32 x 60-minute classes + 2 concerts: $1675
Safari Adventurers (7+ yrs)
Registration is by invitation only. Email us to schedule a phone consultation.
The studio currently has limited openings for older beginners. Email us to schedule a phone consultation.
Dedicated to Your Child's Musical Success
Your child will get meaningful feedback on a weekly basis to make sure that they're making good progress. As a parent, you'll also get support on how to help your child develop a healthy practise routine and you'll take notes in lessons to help out with home practising. Success depends upon establishing a regular practice routine early on, as well as developing good playing habits from the start. You'll need to have either an acoustic piano or an 88-key digital piano with piano-weight keys and a foot pedal. Speak to us for recommendations.
Confidence and self-esteem come with developing skills that we can share with others. As a Thrive student, twice a year your child will have the opportunity of experiencing the pleasure that comes with sharing some of their favourite music with an appreciative audience. We always follow these performances with an “afternoon tea” featuring homemade gourmet delights! It's also a chance to renew and devleop friendships with other studio families who have chosen to make our studio a part of their musical journey.