Have you ever met anyone that took traditional piano lessons when they were younger, quit because they didn't like it, and now regret quitting?? Or maybe this is your experience!? Well I have been the teacher pushing the traditional, boring and lengthy process onto my students. And what I noticed, is a very select few continue on to get to a point where they truly play what they want to play. Even when I was a student, did I rarely get to play the songs and pieces that I truly wanted! Only until I became an advanced student did I start to play popular songs by ear on my own time.
But this is backwards! Music is all about listening, and the learning process of music should be that of experimentation and innovation. The focus should be listening, and replicating what we hear in our heads. I believe in learning to play the song first, and slowly building on the theory later. So many people have quit taking lessons because the focus on theory and technique was pushed so early, that the fun in music just faded...
When you start the "Play what YOU want" course, we will go over proper posture, fingering and letter names of the keys. But after that, it's all FUN STUFF! We will talk about how to figure out melodies, and make them sound better by adding a left-hand part. Then we will talk about different types of left-hand patterns we can add to our song. So within the first few sections, you will already be able to start figuring out popular songs and play them on the keyboard!
THE GOAL of these online lessons is to INSPIRE new musical hobbyists, and future serious musicians. And when one of our members is ready to take their playing EVEN FURTHER, we will have a resource to help them find a professional music teacher in their area. One-on-one lessons are great when learning difficult Classical works, and wanting to become a professional musician. But to learn the basics of music and ENJOY IT, you came to the right place!
In this course, you will learn:
- proper posture of the body and hands (super important and often not even talked about in this way!)
- learning the landscape of the keyboard
- how to figure out a melody in a song you LOVE!
- building cool accompaniments ("left-hand parts") for those songs
- creating your own music
- starting the sheet music reading process
- foundations of proper technique and playing some crazy stuff!
Michael Matas is a classically trained pianist, starting his education at the piano at 9 years of age. He studied with numerous teachers over the years, with varying teaching styles. During this time, he performed in many recitals and music festivals. In high school, he started teaching piano, and took on as many as 50 students per week. He continued teaching throughout university, paying his tuition by teaching piano. While in university studying Mathematics, he took a year off to focus on his music, practicing several hours a day, and put together a piano teaching method book. He saw many flaws in other method books being used at the time and wanted a more efficient teaching book. Upon graduating university, he started his own music school, where he taught students in their homes. After several years of teaching privately and bringing students up to advanced levels, Michael decided to start a retail business and take a break from teaching. While operating his retail store that has a grand piano inside, he met many people who wanted to learn to play the piano, but did not have the time, nor wanted to spend the hundreds of dollars a month on traditional piano lessons. Enter, PIANOHOOKS!
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