916-985-9443 Est. 1996
 916-985-9443Est. 1996

Welcome

Here at Folsom Piano Academy, we believe that music can have a positive impact on your life. We believe that learning the piano can be a fun and enjoyable experience. Our students learn valuable life skills like perseverance, patience, attention to detail, confidence and a greater ability to communicate.

 

We have served the greater Folsom area since 1996. We take pride in teaching students how to read music and become proficient piano players. Our staff consists of dedicated teachers with advanced degrees in piano performance and pedagogy. Each teacher is encouraged to collaborate with their co-teachers to provide students with the best experience possible.  We tailor our methods so that each student can enjoy a lifetime of music and reach their full potential.

 

With the advent of group lessons, hundreds of students have been able to experience the joy of learning how to play the piano Folsom Piano Academy. By using a digital piano lab with headphones, students receive individualized instruction in a group setting and develop confidence in playing for others.

 

Whether the lessons are for an adult or a child, you have the choice between several different options for piano lessons. We invite you to tour our studio and come experience the excitement of music!

Jeanette's Corner: Teacher Tips

 

Proper posture and sitting height.  With the advent of video games, cell phones and tablets, our posture as a society has deteriorated.  Long gone are the days of trying to balance a book on our heads to make sure we stand or sit upright.  Did you know that slouching can actually impede your circulation cutting off blood flow to the brain, which can make you feel cloudy and forgetful?  So playing the piano can actually be good for your health...when done right! :)

 

The first order of business is to make sure the seat is at a proper height.  With the fingertips resting on the keys and the wrist above the level of the keys, the arm should make a 90 degree angle, or basically an "L" shape.  The easiest way to get students to sit tall is to tell them to stick their chests out and be proud!  Their pelvis tilts forward creating a curve in the small of their back.  They actually grow by about 4 inches when they do that! :)

 

As far as hand posture, when students sit too low, it encourages their hands to "hang" off the piano which leads to several other bad habits. If the student's arm makes more of a "V" shape rather than an "L" shape, then that's a sign their seat is too low. Regular chairs are simply too low and should be avoided at all costs.  An adjustable bench is the best option.  Sometimes when students sit too low, they try to compensate by raising their shoulders which creates unnecessary tension.  

 

Pedal Posture:  When students begin to use the pedal, they will need to scoot their bench out, sit more on the edge of their bench so that they can comfortably use the pedal while keeping their heel on the ground.  Only the front part of the foot depresses the pedal, much like an accelerator in a car.  Besides, before you know it, they WILL be driving!  ;)

 

Happy Practicing!!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         -Ms. Jeanette

Director Jeanette Munroe

Director Jeanette Munroe holds a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from Santa Clara University and a Masters in Piano Pedagogy from CSU-Northridge.

 

Each of the private instructors at Folsom Piano Academy are members of the Music Teachers Association of California which maintains high membership standards and enables our teachers to offer the Certificate of Merit program. More information about MTAC can be found at their website www.mtac.org

 

Our group instructors have at either a Bachelor Degree in piano and/or many years of playing/teaching experience including extensive training with Jeanette.

750 Oak Ave Pkwy Suite 170, Folsom, CA 95630                        FolsomPianoAcademy@gmail.com                                916-985-9443

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