What is the cost of tuition?
The cost of tuition varies by region and by the individual teacher. You may contact the teachers in your area to inquire about their tuition rates. An average per semester is $160 for Sound Beginnings, $280 for Let's Play Music, and $400 for Presto.
The student materials fee is paid online directly to Let's Play Music each year at enrollment time. More information about each year's materials and costs can be found on each of our classes' respective information pages, FOUND HERE.
What materials do I get?
Enrollment in each program includes student books and a semester soundtrack. Some programs include instruments, tote bags, and flashcards. More information about each year's materials and cost can be found on each of our classes' respective information pages, FOUND HERE.
What ages are your programs for?
Each program is for the beginner. Sound Beginnings classes are for ages 0-4, Let's Play Music starts with ages 4, 5, or 6, and Presto is for beginners ages 7-12.
How is the curriculum calendar structured?
The Let's Play Music and Presto programs are organized into sequential semesters and years. Each semester is a pre-requisite for the next. Our Sound Beginnings program offers 6 unique semesters that are non-sequential and can be entered into at any time. Visit OUR CLASSES for complete information.
How long and how frequent are the classes?
Classes are taught by certified teachers weekly. Sound Beginnings classes are 30 min. in length. Let's Play Music 1st year: 45 minutes, 2nd year: 50 minutes, 3rd year: 55 minutes. Presto classes are 60 minutes long.
How big are the classes?
Sound Beginnings classes may have 5-10 families (5-12 students). Let's Play Music will have 6-7 students, and Presto will have 4-6 students.
Why group lessons?
It has been well-documented that children in group settings learn and perform better. They are more comfortable and stimulated in this environment. They thrive on the synergy and playful interaction of the Let’s Play Music class.
What is the parent involvement?
Parent involvement is crucial in your kids' music lessons. Each program relies on parent involvement at home. In Sound Beginnings, parents attend class every week. In Let's Play Music 1st Year, the parent/caregiver attends with the child every other week. In the 2nd and 3rd Years, parent attendance is only once a month, though at home involvement remains high. In Presto, parents do not attend class, but assist at the piano each day at home.
Is there any vocal training?
Let’s Play Music adheres to the philosophy that the voice is the first musical instrument. Most of the class time is spent singing. The voice is trained to sing in tune, to sing naturally and openly, to sing in harmony, and to sing accompanied. During early years, specific tone, placement or support instruction is not completely beneficial. The Let’s Play Music classes are not performing groups.
Which is emphasized more: ear-training or note-reading?
There is a beautiful balance of ear training and note reading in the Let’s Play Music programs. Note reading is not delayed and the traditional letter names are taught so that graduates make a smooth transition to traditional private piano lessons.
Isn’t age 4-5 too young to learn piano?
Research has proven that age 4-5 is an ideal age for music instruction. The ears are at prime listening capacity and the brain is busy connecting a network of neurons. Let’s Play Music captures this opportunity window by training the ears without requiring the finger strength or dexterity that a piano does.
How can you teach note-reading to a child who doesn’t know their letters?
In Let's Play Music 1st Year, lines and spaces of the staff take on meaning as children are taught to read steps and skips; ups and downs. An awareness of how the staff works is internalized before children are required to memorize the letter name of specific lines or spaces. In the 2nd Year, intervals and chords are added to staff reading skills as well as select note names such as middle B, C, and D. The 3rd Year adds the letter names of all the lines and spaces of treble and bass clef. Most children are 6 or 7 at this point and are ready for this letter labeling of staff position.
What are the main instruments for the 1st Year of Let's Play Music?
Three main instruments are utilized in the 1st Year. The first is the singing voice. We sing, teach to sing in tune, sing in harmony, and sing accompanied. The melody instrument is the Tone Bell set, which is arranged step-wise like a piano but does not require individual finger control or strength. For harmony training, children learn chord quality and accompanying skills by playing the autoharp.
Can I register for the 2nd or 3rd Year without having been through the 1st Year?
No. Let’s Play Music is highly sequential, meaning that concepts are introduced and then built upon. Completion of the 1st Year is a pre-requisite to registration for the 2nd Year. Similarly, students must complete Year I of Presto before moving on to Year II.
What are the main instruments for the 2nd and 3rd Years?
The piano becomes the instrument for instruction and practice in the 2nd and 3rd Years. Each child plays on his/her own full-sized keyboard in class and needs one for practice at home. Because of the intensive training in staff reading during the first year, this transition to the piano is smooth and natural.
What do students do after these programs?
After graduation from Let's Play Music and Presto, students are prepared to excel in private piano instruction. They enter private lessons with knowledge of note names, rhythmic values, chord structure, etc, and with skills of playing scales and cadences in five keys, transposing, and composing. Presto students have a sound technical background and intermediate repertoire skills. Sound Beginnings students may enter into Let's Play Music at age 4 or 5.
How is Let’s Play Music different from other keyboard methods?
Let’s Play Music is the only program that contains over 25 original songs, games, and activities that teach precise musical concepts. It incorporates the philosophies of Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze and adapts them specifically to the piano. Classical music is introduced in “puppet shows” that will forever endear children to this genre. There are numerous innovative, creative ideas for internalizing music. In addition to these items, Let’s Play Music differs from traditional piano methods in that musical concepts are taught through games and full body involvement, it is in a class setting with a local music teacher, and ear training is emphasized from the start. Let’s Play Music also differs from other “ear-training” based methods in that note reading is emphasized from the onset and that the traditional letter names are used.
Why should I enroll my child in Let’s Play Music?
Your child will LOVE it! You will love it because you will see him/her demonstrate advanced musical concepts and skills. Your relationship with your child will grow as you enjoy class time and practice time together, in a playful, nurturing environment. With guidance from a local music teacher, your child’s talent will become evident as he/she develops into a musician with an in-depth understanding of music theory, classical form, harmony, and composition. Your outlook on teaching children music will never be the same!
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