Piano lessons with Adam
I deeply value my time together with students, learning one of the most universal and expressive means of communication; the language of music. I am honored to share this journey with you. Playing a musical instrument requires time and dedication, so take a deep breath, and congratulate yourself on embarking on such a journey. At times, you will be amazed at the speed of your progress, and at others times, you may feel stuck. To help you stay dedicated to the act of going to your piano and playing, you must remember the big picture; the journey.
The 2017 Fall term begins on Tuesday August 22nd, and ends Monday, December 18th. Lesson times are determined by the student's availability, and are available from Monday through Thursday 3pm-8pm for students with school hours, and 12pm to 3pm for others. In addition, all students in weekly lessons are automatically enrolled in a group class, which are scheduled on four dates during the term. Students are required to attend at least 2 of the 4 group classes. The dates for the group classes are found below under "Group Classes".
Piano lessons with Adam Revell are informal, relaxed, 30-, 45-, or 60-minute private lessons. The studio has an acoustic Baldwin Grand piano, a comfortable setting, and a convenient location in Louisville. You will master basics such as scales, piano technique, theory and sight-reading skills, ear-training, improvisation, and an option to work on composition. You will learn music from a wide variety of styles.You can choose whether to play piano from a classical approach; focusing on musicality, sight reading and technique; or from a jazz approach; focusing on improvisation, interpretation, theory, and developing your ear. Both approaches challenging and rewarding.
There are 3 group classes to choose from. Classes are all held on Fridays at 4pm. Each of the three types of group classes will meet four times throughout the semester. Each student must attend at least 2 of the 4 group classes.
Games and Activities classes will meet on September 1st, September 29th, October 27th, & November 17th at 4-5pm (at Adam's house). Students in this class will have the opportunity to play for the other students, develop critical listening skills, to learn performance practice, and to participate in music and theory games. This class is perfect for beginners up to about 5 years of piano experience.
Jazz improvisation classes are September 15th, October 13th, November 3rd, and December 1st. Students in this class will learn concepts and techniques in improvisation, intermediate and advanced ear-training, and ensemble playing. Classes will have several keyboard instruments set up for simultaneous and interactive playing.
Singers of Songs classes will meet September 22nd, October 20th, November 10th, and December 8th. These classes will be focused on covering a specific song or songs, which could be from pop music, movie music, or original compositions. These classes will provide students with the opportunity to sing and play simultaneously, and to do so in front of the other students. We will incorporate listening and compositional activities as well.
Piano lessons are purchased on the first lesson day of the month for all the scheduled lessons that month. For students under age 18, I ask that you commit to being at piano lessons every week. If you know you will be away for certain dates, your piano lessons fees will be prorated accordingly (does not apply to group class fees). 30 minute lessons are recommended for elementary-age, and 45 or 60-minutes for middle and high school students.
For Adult students, you pay as you go:
family discount - 10% off all lessons if 2 or more members of the same family are enrolled. Applies to group lessons also.
non-peak hours discount - 5% off lessons taken before 2:30pm weekdays (Spring & Fall terms only)
Referral discount - if you refer someone to me who begins taking piano lessons, I will give you one free piano lesson as a way of saying thank you.
Student discount - 25% off lessons for high school and college students paying for their own lessons.
A $25 returned check fee will be charged for returned, stopped, or invalid checks. Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted. Checks are payable to Revell Music. There is a 2.75% fee for paying with a credit card, and you must present the card in person. Online payments are not accepted.
Classes missed for any reason can only be made up on one of the three make-up lesson days. I cannot guarantee I will be able to schedule make-up lessons up at other times. Please email 24 hours in advance or more if you will be missing a lesson, and we can schedule a lesson during the makeup lesson day. If you are sick, and need to cancel on the same day, please call me and leave a voice message, and we will schedule you on the next makeup lesson day. Please do not come to lessons if you are sick, and believe you could be contagious. No refunds or credits will be given for missed lessons. If I need to miss a lesson due to sickness, I will add your name to the next makeup lesson day. I reserve the right to miss one lesson per term due to illness I have that is not made up.
The practice of playing an instrument
Playing any musical instrument skillfully requires much individual practice. Most progress and learning occurs during practice sessions. In lessons I show students how to practice at home. I encourage all of my students to plan practice sessions 5 days each week. I encourage you to schedule regular practice sessions each week. It will help younger students to have a parent assist them start their practice sessions. Set up a practice room in a comfortable location, with quiet background, and good, natural light. An acoustic grand or upright piano is great, but if an electric keyboard is your only option, I recommend one with 88 weighted-action keys.
A typical practice session for an intermediate student would look something like this:
· Warm ups: (scales, chords, arpeggios or patterns) 10-15 minutes
· Sight reading or workbook: 10-15 minutes
· practice on specific pieces or tunes: 20-60 minutes
· Freeform improvisation/exploring 5-30 minutes
Of course, how much time you practice depends on your age, skill level, and your desire to play. A rough guideline is to take your age and multiply times 10 minutes to find the amount a practice you can expect to do each week. For example, a 12-year old can expect to practice 120 minutes over the week. This comes to roughly 24 minutes each day for 5 days.
If you would like to discontinue piano lessons, please inform me before the last lesson. Students who have paid for the entire term will receive a refund for unused lessons (10% discount will be removed). I reserve the right to dismiss any student due to lack of interest, lack of practice, poor attitude/behavior or any other reason. If I sense this is a possibility, I will speak to you and your student about it, and put the student on a 4-6 week trial period, during which the student has an opportunity to improve and stay enrolled.
students of all ages
Children age 5-11 take lessons once per week for 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions. From age 12 to 18, only 45- and 60-minute lessons are offered. In addition to weekly lessons, other activities including group classes, coffee shop performances, and other performances or projects, such as the Rhythm and Hues event. Each student has individual needs and learning style, so lessons are custom tailored to each student.
Adults 18 and up
All kinds of people decide to begin or deepen their musical journey. A common misconception is that as an adult, you will learn much more slowly than children, and that it is not worth the effort. However, this is simply not the case. Your success is 100% a product of your effort (a positive attitude goes a long way too). Anyone can play the piano, starting at any age, all it takes is a passion, and a commitment to yourself that you'll follow through with your dreams, for yourself. Students - there is discounted pricing for all students paying for their own lessons.
Musicians and Professionals
The path of playing music never ends. Lessons for musicians are perfect for honing your improvisation skills, brushing up on your technique, deepening your understanding of harmony and music theory, of learning a new style. Nothing has the power to motivate like growing in skill and confidence from taking piano lessons! Professionals can also benefit from expanding their repertoire, taking part in performances, and working on special projects such as a recording, a composition, or a live performance. Many piano teachers take piano lessons in jazz to add another dimension to their own lessons as well. In a professional development sense, this is a wonderful tool to utilize.
Every term, students get the chance to play at a local coffee shop for their peers and the public. In addition, students play for each other in group classes. These give students the opportunity to work through performance anxiety, meet new peers, and gives students goals to work toward.
House concerts and recitals are opportunities for all of Adam's students perform in front of a live audience. The house concerts feature a smaller number of students who wish to perform at a higher level.
During semesters with no recital, students prepare an individual project. Projects range from recordings, compositions, All-state and other try-outs, or videos, or completion of a challenging piece of music.
Benefits of Playing an Instrument
CHECK OUT THIS: TED talk showing how playing a musical instrument is an awesome brain workout!!
Students who take up playing the piano are often challenged to the core of their being to master the instrument. Playing an instruments helps students to improve in their ability to focus, concentrate, get good grades in school, and boosts their problem-solving abilities. Other benefits include stress reduction, improved attention, a deeper appreciation for and understanding of music, and a sense of achievement. As you play the instrument, you will find exactly what benefits you experience personally. It is always rewarding. More...
Internationally-acclaimed Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang opens the inaugural season of The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, Lawn, and Commons on the campus of Sonoma State University on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
a note from Adam...
I am dedicated to your success and helping you to identify and accomplish your goals with music. As a dedicated musician myself, it is my mission to give you the best experience possible, to develop the skills needed to play the piano expressively and freely. Music is challenging, fun, and rewarding, and I hope to share in that experience with you. Anyone of any age can take piano lessons. I love working with those want to learn and grow; anyone who feels motivated to play the piano; motivated and moved by music. All you need is the desire to start!
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