What To Expect

Lesson times are divided into subjects following the Faber and Faber methodology. Time is spent covering the main lesson unit of the week, where students are taught musical concepts, dictation, notation, phrasing, terminology and pedaling.

Technique is then addressed, to help students learn how to apply lesson unit concepts, as well as how to achieve maximum precision and efficiency in the mastering of their instrument.

Performance pieces are included in each lesson, to train the student in choosing ideal pieces for their level, and personality. It is also an essential aid in learning stage presence, how to play for the audience, as well as performance etiquette.

Classical Repertoire across a vast variety of genres is chosen based on students level and field of study. These pieces are chosen based on upcoming performances, auditions, adjudications, and entrance exams the student may face throughout the year.

Students are required to complete all scalar studies, including but not limited to: All major Pentatonics, All Major and Minor Diatonics from memorization in order by the Circle of Fifths, all Modal Scales, Chromatic ascending and descending scales, as well as Whole tone Scales.

Students (age 8 and above) also are required to study music history, and are asked to submit a weekly biography of a chosen composer covering all genres of composition, as well as major music events in history.

Each lesson also includes units on Theory and Composition, where students are guided through, theoretical analysis, chord structure, note-spelling, scale structure, chordal analysis, comprehension of complex rhythmical patterns, SATB dictation, key signatures, time signatures, and composition construction.