Method and Philosophy
Zina Katsman’s teaching method is based on playing classical music, involves the learning of reading musical notation, musicianship and piano technique. Each student’s progress is directly correlated to the amount of time and effort invested in the study. Zina’s philosophy: Everyone can play the piano.
The Piano For Everyone studio, open 7 days a week, is equipped with 2 grand pianos and a digital keyboard. Ms. Katsman accepts approximately 50 students who meet each week for private lessons. Students also participate in group piano classes, piano pizza parties and mini piano recitals throughout the year.
Students will learn the basics of piano technique, and musical notation. In the very first lesson, students will play familiar songs. Continuing instruction include method books for learning basics and easy classical pieces.
Students will concentrate on advancing their skills, improving their learning ability and performance technique. They will find an increase in the variety of music choices as their skills improve, allowing them to play harder pieces. In addition to classical music, students will be able to choose more familiar pieces from movies, popular culture and music their peers may be playing.
Usually the best performers in a school’s orchestra or band, advanced students will play pieces by major classical composers, such as “the 3 Bs,” Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, as well as the more modern, “B,” Brubeck. Advanced students will be at a skill level that will allow them to participate in festivals and local competitions.
Lessons and activities: Ms. Katsman’s students participate in private lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes, as well as twice monthly group performances and listening classes, and semi-annual, formal piano recitals. She also hosts informal pizza parties for students. Zina’s students, depending on skill level, may have the opportunity to participate in local festivals and competition. Ms. Katsman requires each student have an acoustic piano for home practice.
Addressing goals: Ms. Katsman works with each new student to open the world of music according to their respective goals. Some students may seek to become professional musicians. Others may want to play piano for the joy of making music and sharing it with loved ones. The enhanced talent and skill and added ability can also sharpen one’s academic and professional résumé.
Advantages of learning music: For children and adults, music can be more than an outlet for expression and creativity. Studies show that playing a musical instrument improves key success factors, such as
- math skills
- attention and concentration
The study of music increases brain mass and creates stronger connections between various parts of one’s brain, and is shown to prevent or slow the brain aging process.
Learning and playing piano conditions students to:
- work hard
- set and achieve goals
- perform under pressure
- perform or speak in public