Debbie Lee Piano Studio
Each student is uniquely different and the private lessons reflect her or his own needs. The following is an example of a lesson based on an hour session.
Scales, arpeggios, chords- 10-15 min.
Sight reading, rhythms- 5-10 min.
New repertoire, preview- 10-15 min.
Working pieces- 15-20 min.
Polished piece- 10-15 min.
Review piece- 10 min.
*All students are required to attend monthly group class for the theory and musicianship trainings. each student's specific needs in these areas will be addressed during private lessons.
WEEKLY PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS
Students come to the studio for their weekly private piano lessons, and each lesson is in 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes depending on the student's level. During private lessons, students study repertoires, performance practice, tone production, phrasing, technique, note reading, ear training, music theory, music history, and much more. It is Mrs. Lee's mission to teach students to develop independent, critical minds to learn music on their own.
In addition to their private piano lessons, students attend group classes. The group classes are designed to provide students opportunities to perform their repertoire in masterclass format, as well as fun activities to re-enforce music theory and musicianship trainings, such as sight-singing, solfeggi with Curwen hand signs, rhythm training, and ear training. Group classes provide students with the social environment that is non-competitive, non-threatening, and motivating to every participants. Group classes end with mini-recitals, sharing the accomplishments with each other.
*Group Class Schedule, 2019-2020
Group 1 (first Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm)
Group 2 (second Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm)
Group 3 (third Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm)
Group 4 (fourth Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm)
Learning to collaborate with other pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists help students to understand music in deeper and more diverse ways. Students also learn to listen to each another and communicate on a variety of levels through different means. Ensemble and collaborative works are arranged depending on the students repertoire and performance levels. It may be arranged among siblings and other musicians outside of the studio.
IMPROVISATION & ACCOMPANIMENT
This is designed to teach students how to accompany vocal ensembles, including choir, and how to improvise on Hymns and contemporary Christian music in jazz style using chords. It also introduces different performance techniques on keyboard and digital piano.
PIANIST'S HAND REHABILITATION
Consultations and lessons are available for the pianists at any level who may experience pain or discomfort from playing piano. It's also great for pianists who would like to work on specific passages with technical and musical challenges in repertoire.