PLAY BY EAR MUSIC STUDIOS  (CANADA) -  POP PIANO, JAZZ PIANO, GUITAR AND ACCORDION IMPROVISATION MUSIC LESSONS   |  ADDRESS: 144 WESCAR LANE OTTAWA, ON K0A 1L0, CANADA | TEL NO.: (613) 447 - 3870 |  EMAIL: INFO@PBECANADA.NET | OPENING HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY, SUNDAY CLOSED

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About Music Courses

 

 

1. What makes your PBE courses different?

The PBES syllabus is a contemporary pop piano teaching method that has been evolving for more than a decade. It teaches improvisation in a gradual methodical manner, so you can jump in at almost any stage (as long as you already understand the basics). It is a system that shows you the different paths you can take, then encourages you to try creating your own.

 

 

 

2. How old are the students in your school?

The youngest age that we enroll students is 4 years of age. Our oldest student is in her 70s.

 

 

 

3. How long should lessons be?

For a beginner a 1/2 hour weekly lesson is usually sufficient.  Longer lesson times are needed for intermediate and advanced students to allow time for formal theory lessons.

 

 

 

4. How often should lessons be?

We recommend at least one lesson a week.

 

 

 

5. Will it cause any conflict if I decide to take up classical piano while learning improvisation?

Certainly not. Many basic music concepts are the same in both classical and contemporary improvisation piano. But while classical piano is focused on "following" the music sheet, improvisation teaches you to understand the structure of the song, then take it in any direction you wish. You can change the style, add embellishments, or transpose the song.

 

 

 

6. How often should I practice at home?

We commonly give homework with a min of 30 minutes of practice daily. The key to success is practice of course.

 

 

 

7. What if I don’t have an instrument?

We provide instrument rental, please ask our Musical professionals for details.

 

 

 

8. Must I learn how to sight read music notes?

Though our school is named PLAY BY EAR, we still encourage our students to develop the basic ability to read music notes because fake sheets are used during lessons. We do not force students who are vehemently against reading musical notation, but we feel basic music theory is still essential and we only teach the necessary basics to get you started quickly.

 

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