In many ways I think that Piano Lessons might be viewed as the original "Homeschool" While reading program biographies, it is not infrequent that you come across "She began her music studies with her father" or as in the case of the late American Pianist Van Cliburn; his home piano training began with his mother and made a legendary difference. (In 1958 at the age of 23 Van Cliburn won world wide recognition for winning the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (during the Cold War.) He returned to the United States a Super Star Legend, and was even given a Ticker Tape parade in NYC.
Musical parents are often able to give their children that special edge on early music study. At the bank this week my customer service representative took special time to show me an iPhone video of her young son, whom she had trained in piano for at least a full year, it was amazing to see this five year old playing pieces effortlessly with two hands. Good Job Mom!
George Washington Home Schooled His Children
School age children have been taking piano lessons at home, or with their neighborhood piano teacher in the United States dating as far back as George Washington's step daughter Nelly Custis who studied piano at the Mt Vernon home in the 1790's with her teacher Alexander Reinagle, who was a close friend of Mozart.
New Online Fall Piano Class "Time To Begin"
This September I am offering a new Piano Class for School Age or Homeschool Children called "Time To Begin"
Class meets Friday evenings for 45 minutes. It takes two students for a class to form, (maximum three students) Class runs 15 weeks. Please call to Register 425 220-8147 or Click Here for Registration Information and Details. Additional Class times may be available in the AM hours call to inquirer.
"Duet Event with First year Students" Studying from the Time To Begin Books
Favorite Piano Piece: "Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?" Sponge Bob Square Pants!