Music is for everyone and piano lessons should be fun! In Studio, a wide variety of music is offered in addition to the traditional method series which is the basis for learning music. Students will learn to sight-read well and work on memorization skills with most pieces they learn, but will also be given the opportunity to try a variety of other skills such as harmonization and composition and will have the chance to play both new music and music which is familiar.
Basic musicianship skills and theory are also an important part of understanding music and examples are related as much as possible to the music which is being studied.
If a student reaches the intermediate level, they will have the chance to try music by a wide variety of composers from different musical periods.
Background information will also be offered on the composers and on the musical instruments they used. Motivation is an important part of any activity and contests and small prizes are a regular part of the activities. Students play for each other in "Piano Club" meetings just for SMUSIC Studio and students are also asked to participate in at least one noncompetitive event each year, as well as the annual recital. Many events, including more competitive or noncompetitive auditions are also available for students who wish to do more.