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Yes! We teach them to read standard musical notation. We teach them about
and all of the things they’ll need to sight read musical charts.

What equipment will the student need at home?
In our Piano Keyboard Clubs we provide an individual piano keyboard for
each and every participant, but the student will need something to practice on
at home. Any piano or electric keyboard will do, as long it has full sized keys.
If you do not have a piano or keyboard of any kind, we recommend Casio or
Yamaha brand electric keyboards. Their starter models can be purchased for
under $100, and you can find them at places such a Target, Costco, Guitar
Center, as well as from online music equipment stores. We highly
recommend Casio or Yamaha starter keyboards, (compatible with the models
we use in the Musical Minds program).

Will there be an advanced session at school after the end of the
beginner's session?
Yes. Musical Minds has its own method books, designed to take our students
through four separate eight week sessions, or a total of 32 weeks. The method
books teach piano technique, music theory, music notation reading, ensemble
playing, and finally, songwriting skills. Students who stay with the program
throughout the school year acquire a substantial amount of musical skill and
knowledge!

Are group classes better than private lessons?
Kids can take private lessons anytime, but the only time that they are at the
exact same level as each other is when they are absolute beginners. In a
group setting, kids see the musical experience as something which isn’t a
solitary process. They learn with a sense of camaraderie that only a group
program can give them. The group allows them the ability to take part in
musical learning games and recitals, and as they progress they have the
opportunity to play together in ensemble groups, duos and trios. They have
more fun and tend to want to stay with the musical learning process longer.

Will the student receive “homework” assignments, and should parents
help?
Each week the students will be working on something new, such as right hand
melody or left hand bass notes, and we ask the students to practice during the
week. Because students will apply whatever they have learned to popular
songs that they have personally selected and enjoy playing, it’s likely that the
student will practice without needing to be “urged” to do so. Parents can help
practice on, and by making sure that the student keeps his/her books, songs,
keyboard cards and other materials together. It’s also important that you
remind the student to bring the material to the class each week.

My son/daughter has already been taking piano lessons. Can he/she still
join the Piano Keyboard Club?
Yes. Just like any musical band or orchestra, our groups are made up of kids
of different age groups and different skill levels. They work individually and
in groups, and they benefit from working with kids having different skill
levels.

How does the Musical Minds keyboard program compare in value to
alternatives, such as private lessons?
We keep the cost of our program very low, relative to its value. We provide
all equipment, music, teaching aids, game materials and prizes for less than
half the cost one would normally pay for a one hour private piano lesson.

How far can the students go with this program?
You may have heard about studies which say that the study of music improves
a child’s scholastic aptitude. Well, it’s true! Music improves a child’s Spatial
Temporal Reasoning Abilities, which is their ability to visualize complex
concepts such as those which are commonly found in math, science and even
language comprehension. Musical Minds recognizes that the longer students
stay with music, and the deeper they get, the greater the benefits. To this end
we offer advanced level ensemble programs, creative songwriting programs
and advanced theory programs. We also offer private in-home instruction
above and beyond our group enrichment programs. Summer sessions are also
offered.

Our Private Lesson Program
Many of our instructors also offer private instruction and will come to your
home. We offer sibling discounts and special home group rates. Contact us for
more information.
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