Learning to play the piano can be a very enjoyable hobby. The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument cannot be overstated! The piano is a common instrument for beginning musicians, and many students choose piano to broaden their education as well as their physical and mental performance capacities. Piano is fun to learn, and with dedication and practice, most students can play several simple songs within a month or two.
Piano Lessons FAQ
What can I learn in piano lessons?
Piano lessons will consist of the standard classical repertoire. Beginning students will use the piano adventures teaching method books. Students who are interested in musicals, pop, and or religious music will have the opportunity to study these works as well. In addition to solo repertoire students will have the opportunity to work on piano duet music. Students will also learn aspects of music theory, sight singing, and ear training will be incorporated into lessons to prepare students for district assessments and to become a well rounded musician.
How long does it take to learn to play piano?
Can I begin lessons even if I have no musical talent?
What events will my child participate in?
Students are encouraged to participate in local district events as this provides an opportunity to work towards a specific goal. Students have the option to participate in student day through the Florida Music Teachers association which tests the students at their current level.
Do I need to bring my own instrument?
Piano & Vocal Instructor
W. Earl Sparrow
Mr. Sparrow is a professional music educator who hails from St. Augustine, FL. From formal piano lessons as a 4 year old to informal ear training as a church musician, he has been involved in music for 36 years. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Florida A and M University in vocal music education in 2002. He finished his Masters in Music Education (M.M.E.) from the University of Florida in 2010. Earl has been a music educator for 10 years in Lee County. He currently serves in music leadership at Mt. Olive AME Church where he accompanies all of the choirs and directs the Male Chorus and the Gospel Choir. It is his desire to produce well rounded musicians who can read, hear and compose whatever they would like to play.
Pianist Sabrina Gruber is a graduate of Florida State University, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Music Therapy. She completed her clinical music therapy internship at Hope Hospice, where she worked with children and adults with life threatening illnesses. Sabrina enjoys teaching introductory through early-advanced level pianists. Her passion for instructing piano students with special needs has led to experience with Autism, vision impairments, and down syndrome. In addition, she recently received a grant to work with VSA (Very Special Arts) to visit low-income schools and provide music classes for grades K-12 students with special needs. A current board member of the Southwest Florida Music Foundation, she is also a member of the Florida Music Teachers and National Music Teachers Associations. Her principal piano teachers include Leonard Mastrogiacomo and Heidi Louise Williams.
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