WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PIANO

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 at 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!

Our Teachers

Mr. Wesley

Group Instructor

Mr. Matt

Group Instructor

Ms. Cindy

Group Instructor

Ms. Rachel

Group/Private Instructor

Ms. Melissa

Group/Private Instructor

Ms. Goryana

Private Instructor

Mr. Michael

Private Instructor

Ms. Qi-Qing

Private Instructor

Mr. John

Group/Private Instructor

Jeanette's Corner

I always find it so amazing how our brain plays tricks on us. I see it everyday with students who think they are counting in their heads correctly only to realize that their brain had it completely wrong when they are asked to count out loud.

 

Especially with recitals just around the corner, students typically think they can play or "know" their piece better than they actually do. It's interesting how our brain conveniently doesn't notice when we pause, or re-strike notes (sounds like a "stutter"). Partly it is because we're not actually "listening" to what is coming out of the piano. The brain is too involved in "thinking" about the notes in front of them. Another reason is that we get so used to the pauses and re-strikes that they begin to sound normal.

 

I'll never forget the time my college professor was telling me that I wasn't doing a crescendo in a particular spot in a piece. I was convinced that I was! It wasn't until he asked me to record myself (and mind you, back then we didn't have convenient cell phones to record ourselves with), that I was completely shocked at what I heard, or rather didn't hear! Not only was the crescendo missing, but I couldn't hear the melody as well as I thought I was bringing it out. I couldn't hear other dynamics to the extent that I thought I was doing them. Gosh, even the ritardando I was so proud of was virtually non-existent!

 

How is it that our perception of what we are doing can be so different in our heads? I find that fascinating and, unfortunately, I can't delve into the topic more for now. But I encourage students to record themselves and to practice performing for their families so that they can get a clearer picture of exactly how well they think they know their piece!

 

Happy Practicing!

 

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