Group Classes for Kids

Piano Club (ages 5-7)

 

Kids learn keyboard geography, developmentally appropriate technique, and how to play great songs on the piano.

While it is a piano class, our main objective is to develop the most important skills that all musicians need: steady beat, sensitivity to rhythm and pitch, and artistry. We do this by singing, moving, listening, and playing games. Learning is most effective when it’s joyful!

Piano Club

Times (choose one):
Mondays 6:00-6:45 
Tuesdays 4:00-4:45
Tuition: $84/month

Mixed Level Groups: Piano 1, 2, & 3

All are welcome in our group classes, brand new beginners and students with previous experience!

How Does It Work?

Students work together and independently. A beginning student may be learning to play a simple melody by rote, while a more advanced student is learning the same piece hands together & reading music.

Beginners benefit from watching students just ahead of them and hearing about more advanced concepts before they usually would. More advanced students benefit from regular review & reinforcement, and from opportunities to lead/demonstrate for the less experienced players.

Piano 1 (ages 6-8)

Class Times (choose one):
Mondays 4:00-5:00pm
Tuesdays 5:45-6:45pm
Wednesdays 5:15-6:15pm

Tuition: 
$98/month

Piano 2 (ages 9-12)

Class Times (choose one):
Mondays 5:00-6:00pm
Tuesdays 4:45-5:45pm

Tuition: 
$98/month

Piano 3

Class Times:
Wednesdays 6:15-7:15

Tuition: $98/month

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent

– Victor Hugo

FAQS

How much do classes cost?

SEPTEMBER-JUNE 2021-2022

During the academic year, tuition is paid as a flat monthly fee. Tuition is ALL INCLUSIVE. There are no additional fees.

Group Lessons
45-minute classes: $84/month
60-minute lessons: $98/month

Individual Lessons
30-minute lessons:
$130/month
45-minute lessons: $185/month
60-minute lessons: $245/month

Duet Lessons *25% off individual tuition!
30-minute lessons: $98/student/month
45-minute lessons: $139/student/month
60-minute lessons: $184/student/month

Trio Lessons *35% off individual tuition!
30-minute lessons: $85/student/month
45-minute lessons: $122/student/month
60-minute lessons: $160/student/month

Your tuition:

  • Includes weekly lessons, excluding the weeks marked as holidays on the studio calendar.
  • Includes ALL assigned sheet music, books, materials, and resources.
  • Includes registration/admin fees.
  • Grants access to MyMusicStaff student portal
  • Most importantly, your tuition includes individualized lesson planning and repertoire selection by an experienced teacher, designed to reach your goals!

*If performances cannot be in-person due to COVID-19, they will be hosted digitally.

JULY-AUGUST

To accommodate changing schedules during Summer Session individual/duet/trio lessons are bought/scheduled in flexible packages. Group classes will be available, but the schedule is subject to change.

Will my child progress in a group class?

Group classes require substantially more work & preparation on our end as teachers, but it’s worth it!

In the traditional private lesson, students learn out of a method book that’s designed for steady progress, sequentially introducing new techniques & concepts. Teachers might supplement with their own materials and/or arrangements of songs the student wants to learn.

In mixed-level groups, our students are at different levels and can’t all work from the same book! We adapt by carefully selecting fabulous repertoire that can be arranged to fit each student’s needs.

We have a solid curriculum that includes proper technique, theory, ear-training, and sight-reading – all individualized to the student. We have a checklist for each student each year to make sure they’re reaching certain benchmarks and have been introduced to key concepts at appropriate times.

Just like in private lessons, you get out what you put in. Learning an instrument takes commitment and practice outside of class. We beleive the group environment helps kids stay motivated and excited about learning!

Do I need to have a piano or keyboard at home?

Having a piano or digital piano at home is important for progress.

You might be hesitant to buy an instrument when you’re not sure your child will stick with it. You might decide to wait a couple weeks to make sure they’re enjoying it. Although we’d really love them to have an instrument to play while their riding that “exciting new thing” wave, we understand.

We highly recommend that you find a piano or digital piano as soon as possible. A great acoustic piano is ideal, but there are some fabulous digital pianos out there as well!

Digital Pianos:
If you’re buying a digital piano, make sure it has full-sized, weighted, touch sensitive keys.

Students are building up their finger strength & dexterity and learning how to touch the piano to make certain sounds (soft/loud, short/long, smooth connected phrases vs detached). Unfortunately it’s not possible on some of the lower quality keyboards.

If you can’t afford a good digital piano straight away, let us know. Ashley makes a pastime of searching for used instruments and might have a lead for you. If not, find a keyboard with full-size touch sensitive keys until you can upgrade. That way the keys will still respond when the pianist plays softly or loudly.

 

Digital Piano Recommendations:

We recommend sticking to the well known brands such as Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Kawaii, Korg, etc. If you’re buying used, avoid anything very old. Technology has improved a lot, even within the last decade.

Less Expensive Digital Pianos:
Yamaha P71 or P45
Price: $480+
*these both seem to be the same instrument, but the P71 is an amazon exclusive. Price varies depending on if you buy the keyboard alone, bundled with an X-stand or built-in wooden stand, etc.

Korg B2 or B2SP
Price: $500-600
*B2SP is the more expensive version with a built-in stand.

Yamaha P125
Price: $650+

Casio PX-S1000
Price: $650+

Kawaii ES110
Price: $699+

Yamaha px770
Price $750
*comes with built in stand & pedal bar. We have two of these in the studio and no complaints yet!

 

Where is the studio located?

Midgarden Music
1413 Wickapecko Drive
Ocean, NJ 07712

Is my child old enough for lessons?

The best age to begin lessons depends on the instrument and the student. Children are individuals, and while some 5 year olds may be ready for a one-on-one piano lesson, others might be better served in a group class. We’ll work with you to figure out what will work best for your child and set them up for success.

Lessons for young children include lots of activities and games. We switch gears often to keep things fun and help your child stay focused. If you’re not sure if your child is ready, give us a call or sign up for an intro lesson!

Do you work with adults?

We love working with adults! Adult students often tell us that their daily practice time is sacred in their home; it’s the one thing they do each day just for themselves. Making music in any capacity has wonderful benefits both emotionally and physically. We strongly believe that everyone should be encouraged to make music. Some of our students have past experience, and some have never picked up an instrument!

What genres do you teach?

Lessons are tailored to the student. We assign pieces and/or books that will help you grow as a musician. We also encourage students to tell us what they would like to play. If the piece is too difficult, we’ll make a note of it for the future or teach you a simplified version.