- Applied Theory (leads to note-reading)
- Solfege Training: (Unique to the Silva Piano Method)
- Ear Training
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Rhythm Training
- Weekly Sight Reading Assignments
- Progressive Repertoire (and it’s great!)
- Chord Progressions and “Jazz Chords”
- End of Term Recitals
- Master Classes
Performance and Recording Opportunities
Students may have performance opportunities in various venues during the year. There is a recording studio on site and recordings for video and audio will be available. With the new strings program underway, we foresee opportunities for the strings students to collaborate with the piano students and various ensembles!
There’s nothing better than learning fast! The Silva Piano Method has all the details you need to practice and for parents to check. There’s a recording with the pieces you are learning and you can sing along using the do- re -mi- notes. A number of parents observing their kid’s lessons have learned how to play just by practicing too! We encourage parents to sit in at the lessons.
Sibling students may have lessons at the same time since we have multiple instructors and studios in the same location!
Tuition: Flexible payment options, by the month or by the year divided into 2 term payments (discount). Family discounts are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are lessons?
Beginners have a half-hour lesson once a week. Intermediate and advanced students usually have a 45 minute lesson. Hour lessons are also available.
What age do you recommend for children to start?
What is your teaching schedule?
Monday-Friday after school through the evening times. Saturday lessons are offered. Certain mornings are set aside for adult and homeschool students. Some weekends and weeks are reserved for make up lessons.
What is your policy for missed lessons?
24 hour notice and sick students will receive a make up lesson either on Saturdays or during make up lesson times during the term.
How do you schedule families with siblings? Are there family discounts?
Siblings may have a lesson at the same time with different instructors! Yes, there are discounts offered to families with more than one student enrolled.
Do you have summer lessons?
Yes. We typically offer 6-10 weeks of summer lessons and announce the scheduling by the end of the Spring Term.
When do students learn how to read music?
Sometime during Book One! Everyone learns at a different pace mostly based on how often and HOW they practice. Rote learning is effective and is combined with applied theory to lead to note reading. This includes ear training, interval recognition, writing music, playing rhythms and solfege training. Each student receives a sightreading book when they complete the applied theory during book 1. Everyone is reading by the time they begin Book 2 at which time they are no longer beginners.
What is included besides the private lesson?
We provide all books and materials, including assignment folders with customized weekly assignment charts and a book bag. There are performance opportunities at various venues, master classes, competitions for students who achieve advanced levels of artistry, recording sessions, and performances by the instructors.