Brad Gant and Bette Hunting are the piano teachers at Suzuki Music. With decades of teaching experience and advanced music degrees from some of the best music schools in the country, they teach advanced, intermediate and beginning students. In addition to private lessons, students are offered performance opportunities to help develop self-confidence and to share the joy of music with others.
Advanced Piano Lessons
For students that want to pursue a career in music, Suzuki Music enables them to become professional musicians. In fact, former students have majored in music at some of the most celebrated music schools such as Juilliard, Eastman and Rollins. Currently, students are winners in competitions including first-place at the Florida Federation Junior Convention of the National Federation of Music Clubs. For students who don't want to pursue music as a career, we have rigorous advanced training that is beneficial to the development of musical talent. Repertoire consists of major works of celebrated composers including Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Brahms, Joplin and Gershwin. To fully develop potential, students are encouraged to learn piano concertos in addition to solo works. In addition, technique is developed through technical exercises including 4-octave scales and arpeggios.
Piano lessons expand intermediate students' technique through 2 and 3-octave scales and arpeggios as well as junior piano concertos. In order to facilitate the ability to play more complicated pieces, note reading proficiency is stressed through sight reading exercises. Additionally, participation in festivals, recitals and auditions builds student character and performance ability. To transition from beginning pieces, students are introduced to the accessible performance repertoire of Bach, Schumann, Hummel, Lichner, Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven.
Listening and imitating is an important part of initial training. From listening to videos, which we provide, to imitating a teacher playing in the lesson, learning by rote enables students to play and perform. This is especially true for younger students. Concurrently, note reading is introduced gradually as a student’s cognitive ability to process written language develops. For older beginning students, note reading is introduced immediately. For all students, we focus on the whole child to develop a sense of well-being in addition to learning how to play an instrument.
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