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The Best Piano and Keyboard Lessons on the

Main Line, and Delaware and Montgomery Counties.


Voted “Best Music and Dance Studio” by the

Main Line Times and the News of Delaware County.

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Main Line School of Music and Dance Unique Approach

If you are looking for fun, educational, and inspiring piano or keyboard lessons from top-notch teachers,you don’t have to look any further. The Main Line School of Music and Dance has been teaching thousands of students of all ages and all levels how to play piano since 1990. Testimonial Our music teacher at Main Line has been a teacher, friend, and mentor to my boys for several years. He has demonstrated in many ways his exceptional aptitude in music. This talent allowed my children not only to learn how to play a musical instrument, but to love and appreciate the joy that having such knowledge could bring. Being a teacher myself, I can recognize and admire when a teacher “connects” with his students. This school hires teachers that clearly communicate this. Throughout the years, the school has had a tremendous impact on my boys. They have grown to become fully rounded young men. My older son is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania and younger is a junior at St. Joe’s Prep. Each plays the piano and guitar respectively. When they play together, they make a beautiful duo, which fills our home with music. I am grateful to the Main Line School because they have touched our lives in such a special way. I highly recommend the expert staff of Main Line Music and Dance for your child. You will not be disappointed. -Mrs. Paula Bonavitacola, B.S., M.S. (Teacher at St. John Neumann) keyboard lessons Part of our recipe for students to achieve success on piano or keyboards is that Main Line Music and Dance utilizes proven methods of study to maximize progress on the piano. Additionally, our teachers help students achieve THEIR musical goals (not the teacher’s musical goals). Whether you want to play rock music like your favorite artists, pop styles, jazz (like Scott Joplin and Gershwin) or classical repertoire (like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven), we will match you up with the teacher that is perfect for you. The topics that we include in your studies range from chords, scales, ear arpeggios, reading music, and ear training.This helps to facilitate increased progress so we can make the learning curve as short as possible. Our teachers also combine a mixture of learning how to read notes and teaching each student how to incorporate their ear to be able to hear and recognize the notes and melodies. It is important for students to be able to read the notes, but if they are not able to hear a melody and reproduce it on the instrument, they are not becoming well-rounded musicians. Our approach helps to create a fun, balanced musical experience for each student. Lessons are provided in our Ardmore/Havertown Location, our Springfield location, or in the convenience of your own home. You also have at least two optional performance opportunities each year at our showcases. Performances range from piano and keyboard, electric guitar, bass, singing, woodwinds, drums and strings. Performers also range from beginner to advanced abilities. Our Teachers, Approach and Philosophy Our Main Line, Delaware County and Chester Countypiano and keyboard lessons are all private one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are thirty (30) minutes, forty-five (45) minutes or sixty (60) minutes. Our thirty instructorshave earned music degrees from local and/or national universities,haveperformance experience and are very patient. Many of our instructors have a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. Most importantly, our instructors teach according to each student’s individual learning style. Our teachers are also youthful and fun and engage each student with material that is both interesting and exciting while tempering it with the necessary amount of structure. Additionally, students get to select the repertoire that they will learn and will never get stuck playing songs they don’t enjoy! Beginner Piano and Keyboard Lessons Many of our students start as beginners. You will find that all of our teachers are familiar with classical music as well as popular music. If you are not sure what styles of music you want to study, that is no problem. With the skills that you will learn at Main Line Music and Dance, you will be able to apply these to the style of music that you want to learn. With diligent, daily practice on your part, we guarantee that you will be able at play least one song within the first few months of your lessons. However, many students do learn a lot more than one song. You will learn basic chords, scales and beginning rhythm techniques to help you move to the intermediate and advanced levels. Intermediate to Advanced Piano and Keyboard Lessons piano classesThe Main Line School has some fabulous piano and keyboard teachers that will help you achieve your musical goals. As an intermediate to advanced student, we will teach you soloing techniques, improvisation, advanced chords, arpeggios and a host of other fun techniques. Most importantly, we will teach you the “how and why” of the inner workings of music. You will understand how songs are written by studying key signatures, how scales fit over chords, and the theory behind songwriting. Playing With Other Musicians One of the most rewarding aspects of learning your instrument is that you will be capable of performing solo, or playing with another group of musicians. Again, our teachers will help you develop the skills that will facilitate your ability to play your favorite songs by yourself or with other musicians. We will help you develop skills that will enable you to enjoy music for a lifetime. The Main Line Advantage Since 1988, we have helped thousands of students learn to play piano and keyboards. We know what works and what does not work. We only hire teachers that are knowledgeable in all styles of music, technique, theory and repertoire. Our teachers can get you to the level you want to achieve a lot faster because of their expert instruction. We pride ourselves onthe fact that we cater to each student’s needs, not only with top rate piano instruction, but with excellent customer service. Our full time office staff takes care of all the scheduling, billing and other questions that you might have. This allows our teachers to concentrate 100% on teaching lessons. They do not have to use valuable lesson time to do scheduling and collect tuition. piano schoolsLocation of Our Piano and Keyboard Lessons Ardmore Studio 690-692 Pont Reading RoadArdmore, PA 19003 (down the street from Chestnutwold Elementary School). This location is located in Ardmore, but it is also convenient to Havertown, Wynnewood, Narberth (Penn Valley), Bryn Mawr, Merion, Broomall, Bala Cynwyd and Gladwyne. Springfield Studio 353 Baltimore Pike (2nd floor) Springfield, PA19064. (next to Chuck. E Cheese) This location is located in Springfield, but it is also convenient to Drexel Hill, Media, Lansdowne, Broomall (Penn Valley), Secane and Swarthmore. In-Home Lessons These Main Line, Delaware County and Chester County piano and keyboard lessons are given in the convenience of your own home. guitar lessons in ardmoreFeatures of Main Line School of Music and Dance

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Music Lessons

Insist on private lessons when learning a specific instrument or voice. Group lessons work well for preschool music programs, choruses and theory lessons. However, when learning how to play an instrument, private lessons are far superior. In a private lesson, the student and the teacher are the only ones that are in the room. Consequently, each student can learn at his or her own pace. This means that the teacher does not have to teach a class at a middle of the road level, but has the time and focus to work on the individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. During that lesson period, the student is the only focus for the teacher. The teachers also enjoy this, as they do not have to divide their attention between 5-10 students at a time. With private lessons the teachers can help each of their students be the best that they can be Help your child to set goals. Goal setting is one of the most important skills to develop in order to be successful in music (and life in general). To be effective, make your goals specific, measurable, and attainable. An example of setting a musical goal for yourself would be to play a particular scale at a certain speed or to have a certain amount of pieces or songs memorized. Another goal might be to perform in a recital. Goals are always easier to achieve when you set a deadline for them. Try setting some goals of your own and watch your progress soar. Make practicing easier. As with anything else in life, improving in music takes practice. One of the main problems with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing and the fight between parents and students to practice every day. Here are some ways to make practicing easier:

How young is too young-starting at the right age. Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing they are committed to practicing. We teach many beginner students in their 60’s and their 70’s. For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of the beginner child student. If a child is put into lessons too soon, they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. The last thing that you want to do is to turn a child off to music because they had one unpleasant experience (which could have been prevented). Sometimes if the child waits a year to start lessons, the progress may be much faster. The following are some guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons.

How much should I be reading the notes? This is a very interesting topic to discuss. There are several different approaches to the study of music. Some involve pure reading of notes and rhythms while others utilize the ability of the ear. The bottom line is how well the student plays his/her instrument or utilizes their voice to sing. This may be achieved by reading, using the ear, or a mix of the two. If the teacher determines that the student is a visual learner, an approach based heavily on note and rhythm reading with some ear training mixed in would work well. If the teacher determines that the student is an aural (ear) learner, a program based heavily on ear playing tempered with some note and rhythm reading would be appropriate. The right frame of mind is crucial for optimal learning. Therefore, catering to the student’s learning strengths will ensure that he/she will get the most out of their music lessons. Have fun! Music should be something that you enjoy for a lifetime. Try not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn too quickly. Everyone learns at a different pace. The key is to be able to enjoy the journey. Music