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Private Piano Lessons: Trial Lesson (ages 4-18)

In this one-time trial lesson, meet Ms. Elizabeth and see if your learner is a good fit for on-going piano lessons. #CREATIVE
Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
267 total reviews for this teacher
20 reviews for this class
Completed by 58 learners
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
Meets once
25 minute class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
I teach a variety of musical topics with the goal of developing well-rounded musicians, including: 

• Technique (such as proper hand positioning, scales/chords, performance strategies.)

• Theory (note-naming, reading in the staff, rhythm, scales, chords, and key signatures.)

• Ear Training (playing songs by rote and by ear, sing-alongs, clapbacks, and music listening games.)

• Song-Writing and Improvisation (inventing melodies and rhythms, learning to write in simple notation and on the staff, learning to use technologies for notation, recording, and/or remixing.)

• Songs from a variety of musical styles (such as folk songs, classical music, jazz, show tunes, etc.) 
I teach classes on a variety of arts-related subjects: 
  * piano, sight-reading, song-writing; 
  * realistic drawing techniques;
  * comic book creations & anime drawing styles;
  * digital arts, Photoshop, graphic design.

Look at the bottom of my profile to find my other classes. 
    → https://outschool.com/teachers/Elizabeth-Essex ←

As a teacher with over twenty years of experience, I have been running my own piano studio full-time for the last decade. I started learning music in piano lessons when I was four years old and am currently teaching my 15th academic year as a piano teacher. I also am a former public school art teacher, university adjunct professor, swim instructor, dance teacher, and math tutor.
Students will receive weekly homework based on the classwork, to be completed on a near-daily basis. Regular practice is an integral part of learning to play an instrument. Practice length and frequency will vary on the age and ability of the student
All students will need a keyboard or piano for both the lesson and regular at-home practice. You may also need to purchase books or print materials. New students, please meet me in the Trial Lesson Class and I will explain in detail.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I maintain regular contact with parents to give informal assessments of progress.

As part of assessing students' music learning, I strongly recommend all students perform as frequently as possible-- informally, formally, virtually, in-person, for friends or family, and for large audiences. Preparing for performances is a part of a strong lesson routine. Students build a sense of self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-expression by participating in group lessons, sharing their unique compositions, and performing in biannual recitals. 

I offer songwriting classes, music game groups, and virtual recitals. I encourage all my students to participate in mine or similar classes. Sharing performances and learning with peers is an important part of musical development.
25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Google drive will be used to screenshare music theory games during class.

Parent assistance is necessary for young musicians to best interact with the class. Young learners may need help finding the correct keys, adjusting posture, or turning the microphone on/off. Parents will also be asked to help students regulate at-home practice.

Is my child ready for lessons?
Any child that can focus on an activity for 5 minutes or more and willingly accepts re-direction is ready for lessons. I accept students ages 4+ for private lessons. Students ages three and four are eligible for mommy and me lessons. Please message me.

Parental Involvement
Children are not born with daily routines, but learn to work within them. Students will need help with the daily routine of practicing, doing and checking homework, and listening to music. Also, listening to recordings regularly is important in order to learn to play by ear, or even just to know when sight-reading incorrectly. Singing is also helpful for learning Suzuki songs.

Absolutely NO EATING during class. Learners will need the constant use of both of their hands as well as to engage with their full attention. Learners who are eating on camera may be asked to leave.
To teach sight-reading, I use a blend of my own arranged public domain songs, Faber Piano Adventures, the Wunderkeys series, and Supersonics books; however, transfer students are welcome to continue using the books they already have as I am familiar with most English-language piano book series. As I mentioned above, I also recommend young beginners learn using the Suzuki method, including the book and listening material.

Some material used in this course is composed, arranged, and written by Nancy and Randall Faber. Copyright © Faber Piano Adventures, Inc. Used with permission.
Some material used in this course is composed, arranged, and written by Andrea and Trevor Dow. Copyright © Teach Piano Solutions, Inc.
Some material used in this course is composed, arranged, and written by Daniel McFarlane. Copyright © Supersonics Piano, Inc. 


Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
Lives in the United States
Creative Fun with Music & Art
267 total reviews
660 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I've been teaching for over 20 years. I love Outschool, and I'm excited to be able to share my passion for the arts with kids across the world!

I teach classes related to my all favorite things music and art. I love comics and graphic novels,... 
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