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five year piano program title


This program was born out of the need for a goal-oriented private study which gives students, parents and teachers a timetable of reachable objectives. This timetable is based on the following: 

  • Most students start lessons between ages 6 and 8 years of age.

  • By age thirteen, before their busy lives in high school, these students would have studied between 5 to 7 years.

  • A five-year program which targets pianistic literacy at graduation arms students with significant skills and musicality to either conclude their study or pursue more advanced work during their high school years.


PHASE I: The Preparatory Level (2-1/2 years)
Develop basic playing skills and musicianship as a literacy foundation of piano playing, while specifically prepares students for readiness to learn in the sonatina level. Develop score reading ability as a foundational skill for efficiency in sight-playing and studying new piano scores.



PHASE II: The Advancing Level (1 year)
Expands skills in readiness for graduating level, while honed skills and musicianship allow for easy access in intermediate repertoire.



PHASE III:  The Graduating Level  (1-1/2 years)
Repertoire performance in the level of easier classic sonata movements.  Skills and musicianship for independent study or sight-playing of intermediate level pieces.  Musicianship for improvisation on traditional harmonic progressions.


LESSONS:    The Well-Prepared Pianist by N. Jane Tan

  • Recital Etudes & Keyboard Shapes
  • Recital Etudes & Fingers Plus Solo Repertoire & Reading Preliminaries
  • Scales for Advancing Pianists
  • One piece from standard literature


Sessions 1 & 2:

  • Introducing Developing Pianistic and Musical Habits First Lesson (WPP Primer)
  • Choosing Lesson Books (various method courses)

Sessions 3 & 4:

  • The Beginning of Pianistic Freedom (WPP I-B and related materials)

Sessions 5 & 6:

  • Developing Gestures for Tone and Control (WPP I-B and related materials)

Sessions 7, 8 & 9:

  • Preparing for Intermediate Sonatinas (WPP II-A and related materials)

Sessions 10, 11 & 12:

  • Honing and refining the Pianistic Flair (WPP II-B and related materials)


  • Each team of five private lesson enrollees choose music from PianoTeams®  repertoire.
  • PianoTeams®  repertoire published by Piano Ensemble International.


Tuition Schedule