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Time to Begin Piano Study

Time to Begin is our most comprehensive program for early beginners at the piano. Sure to inspire and educate the budding musician!

Program Description

Students receive 26 weekly lessons (30 minutes) and 26 musicianship classes (45 minutes) during this first year of study. The combination of group and private instruction provides excellent peer-based motivation and focused individual learning. The children will perform in the semester recitals in December and May, and may also participate in CMTA Achievement Day

Cost: 2 payments of $435 or 6 payments of $145. 
See Policies & Tuition for details. Register Online.


Eligibility

To be eligible for Time to Begin, students must be enrolled in first or second grade and must be able to read words and write numbers and letters. Students with prior study may transfer into the program, pending an interview to ensure correct placement. Class size is limited to 8 or fewer children. Enrollment is for the duration of the academic year, September through early May.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano with stand and bench
Practice requirement: 30 minutes a day, five days a week

Enrollment and Weekly Schedule

Time to Begin Weekly Class Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. Beginners (primer method)

Private lessons can be scheduled at 4:00 p.m. (prior to group class), 5:15 p.m. (after group class), or on an alternate day of the week. Private lessons are scheduled in consultation with the private teacher. Classes will be enrolled on a first come, first serve, basis; registration will be available by July 1. 

Class Content

During weekly group lessons, the children explore new concepts together, perform music, and participate in activities designed to increase abilities in music fundamentals. This includes the study of rhythm, pitch, music reading, listening skills, and music theory. During weekly private lessons, students explore technique and repertoire. Students receive weekly practice assignments, which may be augmented through online videos.