Full hour, group classes from 5 ½ yrs to adult.
For youngsters aged 5 ½ to 7 yrs., we offer the Junior Play For Keeps course in a fun and stimulating environment. We truly believe that at this age the FUN approach to learning music is important. We achieve this through listening, singing and reading activities. Course material consists of a series of themed text books with striking cartoon-style presentation, designed to appeal to children of this age
For youngsters starting Keyboard at aged 7 ½ (approx) to adult, we offer the “Play For Keeps” course. Again, the lessons are one hour, group classes which take place in a designated studio. The course material follows a fully accredited Trinity College/Yamaha exam syllabus and will take the student from beginner to Grade 8 standard. It encompasses a broad range of musical genres, with a focus on popular music from the Rock & Roll era to the present day. We make sure you get to learn the styles of music you want to be able to play, so there’s never been a better time to learn to play the keyboard.
Both keyboard~style and piano~style solo techniques are taught. Creative development is then encouraged as the student has the opportunity to arrange music in his/her own style and learn to improvise.
Band playing also forms an important part of every “Play for Keeps” lesson. This greatly enhances the ability to listen to what others are doing and interact accordingly and it’s great from a social point of view because it provides all the encouragement needed to practise. So that each student can rehearse out of lessons, a CD is provided with each course book which contains fantastic backing tracks created by some of the world’s best arrangers and musicians.
Music notation, theory and aural skills are taught in conjunction with practical work. This will culminate in the ability of the student to listen to and transcribe even the most complicated musical passages.
Play for Keeps contains material covering Trinity College/Yamaha Grades 1 to 8, with additional materials at the higher levels for ensemble repertoire, technical and improvisation exercises. The early grade materials (grades 1 and 2) take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete. Students working at the higher grades (3 to 4) should expect to take approximately 18 months. Grades 5 to 8 will inevitable take longer, owing to their complexity. Exams are, of course, entirely optional.