Piano Lessons For Teens
Teens who enroll in our piano and keyboard lessons gain skill and confidence on the piano while also developing the tools they need to work in a team. Every program for teens includes private piano lessons and group/band rehearsals that will prepare the student for epic live shows. All teens are enrolled in or audition for one of the following programs: Rock 101, Performance, House Band, and AllStars.
Focus Of The Alfred Series: Chords
Both Alfred Adult method books have a focus on chords. This is both the methods strength and weakness.
Chords are great because they allow your left hand to get in the action early without too much struggle. Chords are a way you can make your pieces sound pretty good even from the early stages. And chords are hugely important if youre interested in learning any type of contemporary music.
The downside of a chord-based approach is that your left hand wont be as equipped to deal with Classical music if youre headed that route. Classical music requires a more dexterous and independent left hand, which is initially more tedious to develop.
If youre only used to playing chords with your left hand, itll be a rude awakening when you attempt your first Baroque or Classical dance piece, where the left hand makes big leaps and follows its own path .
Take Keyboard And Piano Lessons Online And In
At School of Rock, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Were offering online music lessons in addition to in-person socially-distanced classes. Students choosing to take keyboard and piano lessons online are taught using the same famous, patented curriculum we use in our schoolsThe School of Rock Method. This approach couples in-person or online keyboard and piano lessons with our proprietary Method App, SongFirst Approach and Method Books.
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How Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course Works
Ill give you a brief overview on how to go through Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course if youre a complete beginner, and then well get into some of the finer details.
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In 2.5 years to 5 years, youll progress from an absolute beginner to an early intermediate student. Some people will move faster or slower, but this is the pacing I observe and recommend.
Most students wont be learning from the Alfred method books exclusively theyll also be learning supplemental side pieces and technical exercises . Because of that, the lessons in each of the books can be stretched out comfortably to a year .
Song Selection Of The Alfred Adult Series
Since the Alfred books tend to be chord-focused, theyre naturally more pop-focused as well. The majority of the selection contains standards like Happy Birthday, When the Saints Go Marching In, The Entertainer, Amazing Grace, and other pieces in that vein.
The second book has more diversity in selection and includes a healthy mix of contemporary, Classical and original pieces. Youll find everything from Brahms Lullaby to Canon in D to La Cucaracha.
Now lets look at each book individually and talk more in-depth about them.
|Method/Instruction Piano Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course. Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course. Learn To Play. Instructional book. With introductory text, instructional text, illustrations, easy piano notation and fingerings. 96 pages. Alfred Music #00-2236. Published by Alfred Music .
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Would I Recommend Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course
I absolutely recommend this series to students. Its stood the test of time, and Ive personally seen it get results. The chord-based approach is appealing, especially for students who arent particularly interested in getting into Classical music, though there is some of that as well.
However, I tend to use the Piano Adventures adult series nowadays. I havent used it for as long, but I think it has a slight edge in that its more balanced in its pop/Classical approach, and its less hokey.
The next adult series Ill be talking about on this channel is the Piano Adventures one, so stay tuned for that.
My rating for this series would be A-, and my rating for the Piano Adventures books would be A. I havent yet found a series that I consider A+, but I havent done too much exploring something I plan on doing more of this year.
Overall, its a great course solid, effective, affordable, and most teachers are familiar with it.
Let me know in the comments if you use/have used the Alfred books Id love to know what you think!
Thanks for hanging out, and Ill catch you in the next video.
Piano Lessons For Preschoolers
We’ve developed a playful, attention-grabbing, and confidence-building music program for preschoolers called Little Wing. In this program our expert piano teachers and musicians introduce preschoolers to the basics of notes and rhythm, while fostering a creative and comforting experience designed to help children discover the piano and other instruments.
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Piano Lessons For Kids
At School of Rock we’ve figured out how to ensure kids have fun while theyre learning how to play the piano proficiently. This is what makes our piano and keyboard lessons for beginners the most popular piano program in the world for children. Based on the child’s age and skill level, School of Rock’s kids programs include Rookies, Rock 101, Performance, House Band, AllStars, and Online Music Lessons.
Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course
In todays video and blog post well be talking all about Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course. Well go through the material this method book covers, talk about its pros and cons, and Ill let you know if I recommend it for your piano learning journey.
Ive been asked about this method time and time again, since its one of the most popular method book series for adults. I cant believe its taken me this long to do a video on it!
Other popular series include the Piano Adventures for adults and the John Thompson piano course, both of which I plan to cover on this channel in the coming months.
Lets dig in!
A quick correction: I mentioned that you could transition from the 2nd adult book to the 3rd regular book in the basic series, but having reviewed this I dont recommend it. Simply go through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Alfred adult books and call it a day. Youll be around a grade 2 level.
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Intermediate To Advanced Keyboard Lessons
As our students begin progressing through School of Rock’s beginner keyboard and piano lessons, we identify their progress and, when it’s time, move them up to amplified and more challenging intermediate to advanced keyboard techniques. This is where students will develop their skills even further and immerse themselves deeper into learning the ins-and-outs of the piano and keyboard through private lessons, group rehearsals and live performances on stage.
Piano Lessons For Adults
It’s never too late to learn to play the piano or keyboard for adults. Our expert keyboard teachers guide you through the fundamentals of the piano through private keyboard lessons, group rehearsals, and live performances, all done by way of playing popular rock songs. Learn more about our Adult Program for musicians 18 and up.
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Keyboard & Piano Lessons For Beginners
School of Rock’s keyboard lessons are vastly different from traditional one-on-one beginner piano lessons that most students end up dreading. At School of Rock, our keyboard teachers get students to love the keyboard by teaching them to play popular rock songs while implementing basic concepts and skills like finger placement, scales, pedaling, key differentiation and rhythm. We start with private keyboard lessons paired with band rehearsals to prepare our piano students to play a live gig with a full band. The patented School of Rock Method builds musical proficiency through our proprietary Method App, Method Book collection, SongFirst approach, and performance-based music curriculum. All of our lessons programs include a performance aspect.