our award-winning multiple-key methodology is based entirely on learning to play the piano through reading music via the building blocks of music theory. Reading music for the piano is far more specific than for any other instrument, and extends far beyond those methods which emphasize rote learning and juvenile sayings. Understanding the relationship between the keys leads to easy and effortless reading and playing, and can be best equated to the learning of reading words with phonics
the conservatory method©
just as there are different reading levels in school, there are different reading levels in music, as well. The more one reads, the better reader one becomes; and the process gets easier and easier. Our goal is to make an excellent recreational pianist who can play whatever he chooses to play when the reading process is complete. Our students play music of all styles and genres, and all because they truly understand why they are doing what they are doing.
success is simple.
do what's right,
the right way,
at the right time.
this is conceptual learning. We teach the elements of music reading and immerse the student in materials designed to reinforce these concepts. We are not the place that is going to try to teach a Beethoven Sonata in three easy lessons, nor are we the place that is going to spend six months playing one song. We would rather spend that same six-month period playing 300 songs which are going to build our skill set.
Oh, and it is more fun, too.
practicing should not take hours and hours of repetition. The better one becomes at reading music, the easier it is to practice. In every lesson, we take our students through each song they need to practice at least once, but usually twice, and if it is tricky, three or four times; including a specialized system of marking the music so our students know exactly what to do at home. Success breeds success, and proper motivation to make correct choices and positive reinforcement for those good choices leads to continued success and measurable progress at every level (without having to practice for an hour a day).