We offer several options for length of lesson, depending on your child’s (or your) schedule and attention span: 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes on a weekly basis.
Your Music Star Studios instructor provides lessons in two formats. Our instructor will either come to your home for one-on-one lessons or we can teach your lesson virtually via Zoom. Both are easy and convenient for you. The choice is yours!
Our highly-trained piano teachers all have higher education and/or extensive training in Music and Piano instruction, making Music Star Studios’ faculty a stand-out amongst local music studios.
Studies show that learning the techniques of playing the piano lead to lower anxiety, sharpened concentration, the formation of synaptic connections in the brain, improved test scores, fine motor skills, and eye-hand coordination.
The Piano, originally named the “clavicembalo col piano e forte” was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy in 1700, as a response to the lack of nuance from the instrument’s predecessor, the harpsichord. Gottfried Silbermann, a specialist in constructing organs, took over the work that Cristofori began, improving the design. In 1747, Johann Sebastian Bach performed one of his historical pieces in front of Frederick the Great on the piano that Silbermann dedicated to the king. Later, Johann Andreas Stein improved the mechanisms, creating a keyboard that responded well to the player’s touch. This is the instrument that Mozart fell in love with and inspired many famous pieces. Since then, the piano has undergone many advances, and because of this crucial instrument, we have the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and so many more. We have “Moonlight” Sonata, Claire de Lune, The Well-Tempered Clavier, and Rhapsody in Blue, all thanks to the piano. (reference)
Read our guitar teachers’ biographies and you will see that we have incredible talent at the helm of our guitar lessons! Each teacher has a Bachelor’s degree in Music or extensive experience teaching the guitar.
Studies show that learning to play the guitar can have a huge impact on a child’s confidence, academics, and mental capacity. It has also been shown to improve reading and math skills. Playing the guitar can ease stress and increase memory capacity.
Historians believe the guitar originated in Spain in the 16th century, deriving from the guitar latina, a late-medieval instrument with a waisted body and four strings. It was a substitute for the lute. This early version of the guitar had only four strings – C, F, A and D. A fifth string was added before 1600, and the final 6th string (how we know guitar today) by the late 18th century, resulting in the standard tuning E, A, D, G, B, E. The guitar’s body became broader and shallower, thanks to Antonio Torres. Where once gut was used to craft strings, nylon and plastic became the preferred material. Early virtuoso guitarists included Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visee, Fernando Sor, but we also salute more recent legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins, and Eddie Van Halen. Guitar has found its way into the hearts of many cultures the world over, inspiring folk, rock, and pop songs.
Learning the violin produces upper body strength and flexibility. Posture improves and fingers gain strength and dexterity. Moreover, studies show that learning the violin improves a child’s concentration, attention span and memory. Beyond the physical, self-discipline is gained and enhanced through the learning of the violin.
The violin’s predecessor was the Iira and was played in Europe in the 9th Century (that’s right…the 800’s!). The classic master period of Italian violin making ran from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Among the earliest luthiers was Antonio Stradivari, although credit for the first violin is given to Andrea Amati, who was originally a lute builder. The violin became a central part of the orchestra in the 1600’s, and like the original guitar, gut strings were traditionally used. Many modifications have been made to the violin throughout the years. Not only a staple in Classical music, the violin is also a popular sound in Jazz, Bluegrass (the fiddle), Rock, Folk and Country music. The violin has given us music from Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons), Wolfgang Mozart (Violin concerto No. 5 “Turkish”) , Niccolo Paganini, Charlie Daniels (Devil Went Down to Georgia), Roy Acuff (Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain), and Alison Krauss (Ghost in this House).