Keyboard, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Welcome to Evergreen Piano 303-526-9418
Thank you for visiting!
My piano studio is located in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado. I teach many local Evergreen students, as well as those who travel from Conifer, Golden, Denver and Arvada. Hopefully you will find most everything you need to know about me--my love of the piano, some photos, my teaching style, and my philosophy. Please visit my website for complete information: evergreenpiano.com
I specialize in teaching children, but I also offer a casual keyboard class for adults who want to learn basic piano or brush up on their music reading skills. I enjoy expressing my enthusiasm about learning and playing music! I am also serious about the art of music education, and teach piano with passion and joy!
If you become my student, be prepared to be enthusiastic yourself, dedicated, and a confident performer in a short period of time! That's when the rewards of studying music and fun come together.
I currently have a few openings for new students age 5 and up. I will do my best to find a lesson time that fits into your busy schedule.
I teach young students using the Suzuki Method. This is a marvelous method of learning and I suggest that interested parents invest a small amount of time and research to understand it's philosophy. A good source is the Suzuki Association of the Americas website. I also have plenty of handouts to share, books to loan, reading lists, etc. to help you discover and understand Suzuki methodology. My students learn note reading and music theory skills from the very first lesson, in addition to ear training.
I also have a piano keyboarding program for adults which offers a quick and fun way to learn piano and read music.
My Musical Education Background
The right teacher makes all the difference when it comes to learning piano. For the most satisfying experience, it makes sense to look for a teacher who holds credentials in music education, someone who treats teaching piano as a full-time profession and continually strives to improve and bring added depth to the student.
There are loads of exciting new techniques and aids to make learning piano more fun and easier. My students benefit from the latest thinking in piano education. I strive to draw the best from a variety of teaching methods to give students a program tailored to their unique needs and interests. Just as important, I believe lessons should be fun!
Through my 12 years as a piano instructor, I have learned that teaching piano is as much an art as playing piano. My approach is to understand each student’s strengths, learning style, aspirations and personality before developing an individualized learning program that encourages practice, enables the student to reach achievable goals, and is enjoyable.
I studied several years under the tutelage of Swedish pianist, MargaretVedeler and went on to study at the Crestmont Conservatory of Music. I have been trained and certified in the Suzuki Method. I am active in the Suzuki organization, and I have served as a board member of the Suzuki Association of Colorado for over five years. I am a longtime member of the American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers, as well as the National Federation of Music Teachers. To keep current with the latest methods of teaching music and changes in technology, I regularly attend professional seminars and conferences.
Teaching piano is my full time profession. I am fascinated by how children learn and I am continually developing new and exciting ways to engage my students with all the possibilities of piano. I consider my studio a laboratory for musical exploration and discovery.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Evergreen Piano / Peggy Krause, Instructor
I specialize in teaching children from preschool through high school. I generally use the Suzuki Method for most of my children, although I will switch some students to a more traditional teaching approach based on their individual learning style.
As a music teacher, I believe there are many valuable skills piano students today should have, in addition to playing the notes on the page, including:
* To thoroughly understand theory concepts.
* To learn about music history and composers.
* To become familiar with technology used in music.
* To strengthen and develop skills in ear training, listening and sight reading.
* To explore composition.
It is easy to see that fitting all of these goals in a half hour lesson can be difficult and technology is quickly becoming a part of music lessons nationwide to help teachers accomplish their goals. Although it is not designed to ever replace a student’s one on one time with the teacher, the lab will help provide additional individualized instruction, assessment and practice to reinforce the skills covered in lessons.
The benefits of the computer-aided piano keyboard programs are as follows:
* Working on computer programs with an attached digital keyboard to practice and reinforce theory, ear training, sight reading and rhythm skills. The computer assisted learning provides immediate audio and visual feedback and adds a sense of accomplishment and fun to their lesson.
* Learning about composers and their music to gain a better understanding of music history and develop music appreciation through software programs, DVDs, listening CDs, books and the internet.
* Increasing their listening skills through CDs and software programs.
* Exploring composition and creating their own music using a digital piano, computer and notation software.
* Sequencing songs using the computer, sequencing software and keyboard.
* Recording CDs of students’ playing.
Equipment in the lab includes a digital piano/keyboard, headphones, books, CDs, DVDs, and computer software programs covering a wide range of topics, designed to fit multiple learning styles.
Students have their lesson on a Yamaha Disclavier—an acoustic grand piano with midi technology. This gives us the ability to record and play standard midi files from and to a floppy disc, an on-board synthesiser soundsource (the XG Tonebank), the addition of synchronous audio tracks (combined with analogue midi) via CD Rom (for playback), the SmartKey system of learning and entertainment for beginners, Karaoke functions, and various multi-tracking recording functions.
My students greatly benefit from the extra lesson time and enjoy these programs and activities. No extra programs or equipment are required at home since all activities are done in the studio. Additional software can be purchased for home use if you wish.
Tuition for 2012
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Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I accept new students age 5-12 for private lessons.
Adults: I offer a group Piano Keyboard class for adults.
Transfer students need to have a letter of recommendation from their current/previous piano teacher.
My Certifications and Awards
Certified in Suzuki Piano Books 1-4.
Music Teachers Association
American College of Musicians
National Federation of Music Clubs
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Mountain Music Association
My Musical Influences
In general, my students are taught a traditional classical repertoire. Within two years of beginning lessons, they are playing original pieces by Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. However, we always include at least one contemporary piece in the working repertoire.
Parent: "Aiden loves his piano lessons. Miss Peggy is by far the most patient teacher in the world, and my husband and I cannot get over the advanced pieces he is playing after just six months."