Becky Kelly Piano Lessons
Joyful Piano Lessons Designed for the Student's Learning Style
Multi-Modal Learning & Supplemental Video Tutorials
YOUR HOME, ONLINE or MY REDMOND STUDIO
My primary goal as a piano teacher is to facilitate a joyful connection with music that enriches all areas of your child's development. Music education is about more than learning to play an instrument or sing, it's also about language, expression, math, relationships, reasoning and the list goes on!
But, ultimately, music education should bring joy, and when it does, the other benefits come about naturally.
Multiple Domains of Learning
Multiple Modes of Learning
Using a variety of methods and materials, we find the best approach for teaching your child to play the piano. We focus on foundational piano skills, musical expression, theory and technique, combined with singing and drumming to reinforce melody and rhythm patterns. I keenly observe how your child processes information and design the lesson to accommodate your child's primary mode of learning whether it be visual, auditory, kinetic or a combination.
Teaching across multiple learning domains: cognitive, musical, social, emotional, and physical, we strengthen the foundation for a variety of skills and enrich the growth of the whole person. For example, a piano lesson teaches note reading, while also increasing literacy skills and fine motor control at the same time. These benefits are not accidental, but the goal of whole child learning.
Do Online Lessons Really Work?
YES, THEY DO!
When I added online lessons to my studio, I was concerned the students wouldn't progress as quickly and that the personal connection would be lacking, but I was pleasantly surprised!
To compensate for the advantages of in-person lessons, I created tutorial videos for the students to use each week for practicing. Also, during our online private lesson, I have camera views of my hands on the keys, my face and the lesson book. In fact, there are some advantages to online lessons --- with multiple views of the material and examples that are difficult to produce during an in-person lesson. Even young children have been very succuesful during our online lesson time.
I have found that all my students who transitioned from in person lessons to online have done very well!
IS MY CHILD READY FOR PIANO LESSONS?
Beginning Skills for Piano Lessons
Can isolate the fingers individually on a keyboard, playing one key at a time
Starting to decode words and can track a sentence with eyes and fingers
Can sustain attention to an age appropriate academic subject, such as coloring, for 20 minutes
Has an interest in the piano! A child should have a genuine desire for the instrument they study. For beginning musicianship, piano is one of the best!
The Profound Impacts
Music Education and Piano Lessons
"Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory."
Strait, D.L. and N. Kraus, Biological impact of auditory expertise across the life-span: musicians as a model of auditory learning. Hearing Research, 2013
"When we sing or create music, we use all the parts of the brain: left, right, front, and back. All these parts collaborate. That is very unique! Music is complex; that is, it uses so many aspects of a person's being."
Hanne Deneire, composer. Quoted in "Appreciating Music as a Foundational Aspect of Creativity" by Joanne Foster. Feb. 3, 2018