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Piano is the most popular beginning instrument for the young and young at heart musician. All styles from classical to jazz are being offered to students of all ages and abilities at Stamford Music & Arts Academy. We have wide range of students: students who want to play just for fun, students who excel with the Stamford Music & Arts Academy curriculum or advanced students who are preparing for a career in music. Since we have a diverse and highly accomplished faculty we are able to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest.
Our Piano Instruction:
Beginning with the natural hand/arm technique, students at SMAA learn solid basic technique (correct position, finger dexterity, flexibility, and more) without unwanted bodily tension. Students also learn the rudiments of music: sight reading, rhythmic notation, meter, and harmony. Since the piano allows for highly diverse methodologies and repertoire, music is carefully selected to match the needs and strengths of each student. Memorization, theory, practicing skills, musicality, and self-listening and confidence are taught from the first lesson. For more advanced students, our lessons focus on musical clarity and strength with technical facility, the development of a large tonal palate, and an understanding of musical structure. Students continue to expand their knowledge of repertoire from Baroque to 21st century composers while searching for their own voice through interpretation.
In addition to numerous performance opportunities throughout the academic year, students have also opportunities to participate in small chamber ensembles. Additionally, end-of-year performance evaluations are available where students demonstrate their level of proficiency.