Chord Piano

Chord Piano

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There are three main reasons to learn Chord Piano:

1) Self-Expression

Piano, along with music in general, has a unique ability to communicate not only ideas in words but also in pitch, tone, and rhythm.  While it can be dry and academic to discuss music theory, actually using it is quite the opposite.  Students who pursue music find themselves experiencing a whole new dimension of human nature, and it really is something special.  When words alone fail, music can often express (and even soothe) the soul.

2) Social Enterprise

Music, while it can be done alone, is often a group activity.  Friendships are easily formed when two people have guitars (or other instruments) and have the ability combine their unique skills together.  Even if the student never partakes of an organized collection of musicians (in school or in the garage), he or she will doubtless find times to play with friends.

3) Cognitive Development

Music theory, while certainly understandable with proper work ethic, is a rigorous discipline.  It involves memorization, logic, and the development of a good “ear” for music (which, happily, normally develops quite naturally through study).  The same tools that students learn pursuing a knowledge of music theory will serve them well in every other area of study they may pursue.

Music is made up of three parts: pitch, tone, and rhythm.

The Overall Goal

My goal in teaching music is to teach all three of these parts in a synthetic and comprehensive manner.  I leave no stone unturned, and my students learn to approach music in a way as to not merely play but to actually understand.  Indeed, depending on the student, I usually load the first few lessons relatively heavily with theory, as they can quickly get to the point of understanding scales and chords and therefore can help find the very chords that most teachers would spoon-feed them.

Going Deep

My goal in teaching music is to enable the student to learn on his/her own.  To this end, I avoid merely teaching them chords.  It would be impossible to teach them every kind of chord that they may want to play in any case, once you include inversions, extensions, and just plain old variable voicing into the mix.  But I teach students how to understand scales, how to use those to create chords, how to manipulate those chords, and then how to combine all of those to create different genres and sounds.

Having Fun

However, I do not confuse comprehensive with boring.  Quite the opposite, in fact – I intentionally aim to make lessons fun! We laugh, we make jokes, we make fun of our mistakes.  Piano is such a limitless enterprise, when teaching chords and not only sheet music, that students usually become hooked on their own!

I currently teach Music with a variety of means:

Chord Theory Alone

Some students have no real interest in reading sheet music.  These are students who wish to mainly write their own music, play at a youth group or other chord-based venue, or merely aren’t sure they want to invest the time yet in sheet music.  I almost always begin students with chord piano and theory first in any case, as sheet music is much easier and more fun when you understand the theory behind it, but some students (and parents) simply don’t care for sheet music – and that’s alright.

Using Sheet Music As Well

That being said, when students do get a good level of theory, they generally begin to desire quite on their own to read sheet music.  Once they understand piano, it’s only natural to wish to play what others have created – or to write down what they themselves have created.   I have several different curricula lined up for this task depending on the student interests and budget, and we will surely find something that is suitable for both.

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No Strings Attached

After experiencing the first free lesson, you are under no obligation to continue. Though, of course, I hope you’ll want to do so!

What We Will Accomplish

In the first hour, I generally go one of two routes.  For students who are eager and academically inclined, I often begin with theory alone – I’ve had students actually figuring out chords and laying them out on the piano in the first lesson!  Depending on the student, I will also from time to time begin with the more “normal” approach of teaching a few basic chords in rote and then slowly introducing music theory over time as the student’s personality allows.

The Bottom Line

I would love to hear from you and see how I can help your student(s) learn.  I can come to your home (especially if you’re near Osceola, WI or Anoka, MN) at a time that works for you and see how we can work together. You can send me a message here: Contact Me.