916.985.9443 Est. 1996
 916.985.9443Est. 1996

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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 Tip

 

The Responsibility of Practice (Part 1)

The beginning of a new school year is a perfect opportunity to address this multi-faceted topic.  It seems that sometimes some parents hope or expect  their child to practice without being told or reminded.  The easiest and quickest anaolgy I can present is that of the parents' role and responsibility with regards to their child's education at school.  Do you as the parent help your child succeed in school by making sure they've done their homework on a daily basis?  Do you help them find the time or remind them to do their homework?  Do you praise them when they finish their homework and when they've done well?  It takes many, many years before a child begins to take responsibility and ownership for their own homework and success.  The same is true with piano.  Young children do not have the discipline or time management skills to know how to incorporate piano practice into their daily lives.

 

This brings me to another facet which is the parent's attitude or perspective about piano lessons in general.  If the parent views piano as something to do on the side, for fun, then that opens the option up for the student in their mind to make a decision about whether or not they like it and want to continue doing it.  I'm not saying that that's wrong, but just to be aware of your expectations based on your perspective.  If it's okay with the parents for the student to only practice when they have time, then more often than not, they will rarely find the time to practice.  On the other hand, if parents view piano (music education) as an extension of school, one in which their child's daily practice is as important as their school homework, then the child will develop the same attitude because they know they don't have a choice.  Just because a student doesn't like math, doesn't mean they don't have to do their math homework.  ;)  While I am not into forcing anyone to take piano lessons, I'm only suggesting parents be more aware of their perspective and expectations.

 

I know most parents probably tell their children that they should do their homework first as soon as they get home from school because it's the most important thing.  My suggestion is to have your child practice piano first, BEFORE doing their homework.  This gives them a much needed mental break from the academics of the day.  Besides, students will many times stay up late to study or finish homework, but rarely, if ever, will they stay up late to practice the piano.  Set a timer, or simply have them repeat each song or warm-up 5 times.  Children love routine and helping them to develop the discipline of going to their instrument on a daily basis is the best thing you can do to help ensure your child's success.  Teacher's can't make students practice.  We can tell them to practice (and we always do), but ultimately, the responsibility rests on the parents' shoulders.

 

Next month I will offer additional tools, techniques and ideas to help your child make the most of their practice time.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         -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 #170, Folsom CA                             FolsomPianoAcademy@gmail.com                                         916. 985.9443

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