Even though I teach piano lessons for beginners through advanced from preschool piano lessons thru adult piano lessons, I specialize in piano lessons for kids and absolutely love it! It has been proven that students who begin piano lessons at an early age develop faster than those who begin later in life. From all the courses that I taught from pre-school to high school, I have selected the two most successful and popular courses for online piano lessons and in-person private piano lessons in Happy Valley, and Clackamas, OR.
1. Music for Little Mozart's is a comprehensive course providing piano lessons for kids and develops singing and Rhythm Band skills as well. I've specifically chosen this course because of my experience in teaching music to 3-6-year-olds during my time at Cornerstone Christian Academy. I found the little ones interact really well with the puppets I used while teaching musical concepts. This piano course centers around the adventures of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they learn music, read music and learn how to play the piano. Kids identify with them and learn faster by having fun!
2. My First Piano Adventure: This course for pre-reading students, introduces elementary music theory and technique and easy piano lessons with engaging songs and games. They learn how to play the piano with outstanding recorded orchestration and vocals and learn music when they listen, sing, clap, and move to their piano music and finally play with the CD. Because every child is different I carefully select the course that would fit him or her perfectly. My policy is that kids who are having fun learn to play the piano faster and better!
The variety of activities at Catharina's piano lessons in Happy Valley, OR/Clackamas, OR keeps the little ones attentive and excited and before they realize it the lesson is over and they have learned to read notes, time signatures, dynamics, intervals, rests and much more and play yet another new song on the piano! I love to take them from piano lessons for beginners right to advanced and follow them through their school career. Whether they do online piano lessons or come to my studio they enjoy learning music.
Before Recitals, Clackamas piano lessons students will:
- rehearse their piano performance songs
- learn how to address an audience professionally
- learn microphone techniques if they choose to sing.
I advise my parents to keep piano practices short and consistent. A fun practice schedule with reward stamps may be used and after a while, practices will automatically become longer.
At the end of this course, students are able to play piano, read music, perform in public on the piano, and some sing and play the piano simultaneously.
At Catharina's Clackamas piano lessons in Clackamas, OR/piano lessons in Happy Valley, OR, I teach the entire piano syllabus as presented in most piano methods but prefer using the Faber Method: piano lessons for beginners - advanced. This method is excellent for online piano lessons as well as in-person private piano lessons for children and older beginners. Features that contribute to the tremendous educational success of this method are a step by step approach with a constant review, a wide range of styles in the teaching material, and a sense of adventure brought about through creative activities.
There are 5 levels and a wide choice of books for each level: Lesson, Technique, Theory, Pop, Disney, Jazz, Hymns, and more. In addition to this we drill:
- Scales, chords, arpeggios, inversions, and Hannon piano exercises.
Our 3 children have been taking piano lessons from teacher Cathy for over 5 years. Cathy is always very supportive encouraging and patient with all of her students. Her lesson rewards and practice incentives are great motivators. Every improvement large or small is met with praise. Quite often Teacher Cathy states that she loves what she does and that she has the best job in the world. She genuinely loves what she does and it shows! Teacher Cathy is a very special teacher and a wonderful person." parent Cheryl Johnson.
Adults and teens enjoy Alfred's course for adult piano lessons, one of the most popular and successful courses in piano lessons for adults because it's chord-based and designed for busy adults wanting to learn to play the piano quickly. It starts with piano lessons for beginners to advanced levels and includes technique, theory, classical piano lessons, and a repertoire of all styles including how to play rock piano, how to play gospel piano, how to play Jazz piano, and more. In addition to this course, I offer a variety of material for Clackamas piano lessons students to explore, and they can learn how to play piano by ear, learn to play chord piano, or simply bring music their own piano music. Our piano lessons are very relaxed and students set the learning pace they're comfortable with. I absolutely love private piano lessons at my studio or online piano lessons for adults and seniors because we enjoy ourselves and have quite a few good laughs during the lesson. And why not? Learn how to play the piano - it is fun at my piano studio in Clackamas Or/piano lessons in Happy Valley, OR.
Upon completion of their courses, students at Catharina's piano lessons in Clackamas and Happy Valley, OR, continue to mastering an authentic repertoire of Classical piano music. During their course, they may choose to explore songwriting, improvising, and keyboard lessons.
Alfred's piano lessons for beginners to advanced is an excellent course in preparing students to play chord piano by ear. As a professional musician, I arranged many songs and performed on piano and keyboards at numerous venues. Whether my students take online piano lessons or private piano lessons at my studio in Clackamas, they learn how to play piano by ear and play chord piano by learning various chords and rhythm patterns for all styles from classical to rock and everything in between. Over time they apply this skill to enhance their creativity in improvising on the piano and writing songs.
Learn to play chord piano and play piano by ear at Catharina's Clackamas piano lessons in Clackamas, OR/piano lessons in Happy Valley, OR - piano lessons for children and teens, piano lessons for adults, piano lessons for beginners to advanced.
I am really enthusiastic about teaching improvising because as songwriters and professional musicians my husband and I have been improvising (playing music by ear) for many years and arranged our own songs as well. For online piano lessons or at my local piano lessons in Happy Valley, I use popular music to teach chord progressions and rhythm patterns and students gradually develop their own style of accompaniment as they explore the variety of styles presented to them.
Some students choose to play the piano and sing. Others prefer playing the melody and accompaniment. Whichever way they feel comfortable with they eventually end up performing at their local church or school, or start their own garage band!
Playing the piano by ear invariably leads to songwriting.
Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse help little ones feel safe and relaxed!
Confidence is gained by constant encouragement and building of character.