The piano became a central figure in households when it first rolled out in the early 1800's. Families would gather around the piano and sing along or just enjoy as they played their favorite songs. The piano is held as dear to our hearts today, as it is still a common feature in our homes. How wonderful it is to hear children playing melodies and even creating their own songs in our living rooms!
5 and up! We have different materials for each age group, and we teach adults as well.
Shining Star uses the latest and best in piano pedagogy to ensure that each student, regardless of their age and experience, will have a fun, encouraging and educational experience!
Our teachers focus on:
1. Playing Songs: learning fun and advancing songs each week
2. Technique: developing the hand/finger movement and artistic aspects of playing piano.
3. Theory: understanding the underlying architecture of music.
We have seen first-hand how performance and performance preparation motivates and builds confidence in our students. We offer many performance opportunities throughout the year:
1. Spring Recital
2. Fall Recital
3. Retirement Home Performances
4. Group Zoom Practice Sessions at least twice per month
5. Group Recital Prep classes before each recital
For students who wish to compete and/or take piano accomplishment exams, we offer preparation and guidance, as well as information on how to partake in local events.
Our Director, Katrina Mendez, has been teaching for nearly 20 years. She leads the teaching team in regular meetings, material review, and guidance throughout each semester. She hosts many of the group classes and the recitals as well.
Students should have an acoustic or digital piano. It is ideal to have a keyboard with weighted keys, as well as a full size 88 key keyboard. A music stand (often comes with the piano), pedal, and bench are necessary. We offer assistance in finding the right instrument for your budget!
$150 Weekly 30 Minute Lessons
Recommended for ages 4-7
$223 Weekly 45 Minute Lessons
Recommended for ages 8-13
$295 Weekly 60 Minute Lessons
Recommended for ages 14 and up or for students studying more than one instrument with us
"We love our teacher so much and love that he comes to the house! He teaches fundamentals, which is important to us, but he also plays games and adds in fun songs our son likes. Thank you Shining Star!"
If you have an acoustic piano, you should have it tuned once per year or so. If you need a recommendation, please contact us for help.
A digital piano is a keyboard that has 88 keys and fully weighted key technology. This is important to help the student learn to play on piano with correct technique and be able to transition to an acoustic piano when needed.
If you have a digital piano, you will also need to ensure you have a music stand (usually one comes with the piano) and a sustain pedal.
Correct positioning requires the student to have a forearm that is parallel to the ground when playing on the piano. For smaller children, you may need to get an adjustable bench to raise their height accordingly.
For smaller children in level 1 and beyond, they may need a pedal extender in order to play the piano pedal correctly. You and your teacher can decide if this is necessary.
See below for helpful links to products that may be good choices for your budget and needs.
Digital Pianos under $500
Digital Pianos under $800
Digital Pianos under $1000
Adjustable piano bench
Soarun Adjustable Piano Pedal Extender Bench for Kids, Design with 3 Pedal (Black) https://a.co/d/91N087y
Book a 15 minute Discovery Call with our Director, where you will be able to ask any questions you may have, discuss your goals for your student, and schedule your Free Lesson & Assessment.