Piano is the most popular and perhaps the best beginning instrument for the young or young-at-heart musician. All styles from classical to jazz and pop are offered to students of all ages and abilities, be they beginners or very advanced. We have a wide range of students: students who want to play just for fun, students who excel with the Trinity Guildhall of Music curriculum and students who want to prepare for a career in music.
Beginning with the natural hand/arm technique, students at Sasensky learn solid basic technique (correct position, finger dexterity, flexibility, and more). Students also learn the rudiments of music: sight reading, rhythmic notation, meter, and harmony. Since the piano allows for highly diverse methodologies and repertoire, music can be carefully selected to match the needs and strengths of each student. Memorization, theory, practicing skills, musicality, and self-listening are taught from the first lesson. For older, more advanced students, we teach musical clarity and power, technical facility, development of a large tonal palate, and an understanding of musical structure. Students continue to expand their repertoire from Baroque to 20th century composers, while searching for their own voice through interpretation.
The goal of the piano program is to enhance students’ love of music within a program that is both comprehensive and flexible. Proper performance etiquette is emphasized. The opportunity to participate in a small ensemble is available throughout the academic year.