I use two different piano programs: classical and pop. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Lessons will be taught on a piano which can be opened up to demonstrate the mechanisms of action, if the student is interested.
Books can be purchased online at SheetMusicPlus or purchased at Music World Academy (443 Simpson St.)
I use Conservatory Canada for my classical program, which emphasizes technical skills (such as scales, arpeggios, and ear training), as well as learning songs from a range of musical eras: Baroque (c. 1600-1750), Classical (c. 1730-1820), Romantic (c. 1780-1910), and Impressionistic/ Modern (c. 1875-present).
I consider theory to be a vital part of this program, so starting at the Grade 2 level I encourage students to purchase a theory book and bring it to lessons with them. If you wish to not go this route, please let me know.
I recommend this program for those who have a passion for classical music, for those who want to have a serious relationship with their music, or for those who are planning on pursuing music in postsecondary education.
I teach from either Alfred’s “Music for Little Mozart” series for young kids, or Faber’s “Piano Adventures” series for older kids and adults, both of which incorporate elements of classical training into their curricula.
Theory is optional in pop piano, so if you wish to learn it in addition to your playing, please let me know.
I recommend this program for those who dislike classical music, for those who want a more casual relationship with their music, or for those who wish to pursue music in the structure of a band or jazz/blues group.