Piano Program

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Our Goal

Music Stream Center’s comprehensive private lesson program combines individual lessons with music lab time, musicianship classes, recitals, Music Teachers’ Association concert opportunities, and various auditions, competitions, master classes, special awards, etc. 

We provide a well-rounded music education for students and help them obtain skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. Beyond music and musicianship, students will also learn poise, discipline, goal setting, self-esteem, time management skills, and public presentation skills. We also provide a fun experience to those who want to explore the life-long enjoyment of learning music.

Musicianship Classes

  • Musicianship classes consist of theory, ear training, rhythm, performance, repertoire, ensemble, music history, music appreciation, composition, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, singing, movements, sight singing, sight playing and technique, etc. 
  • Students learn each subject through the benefit of group teaching and games.
  • The detailed content of each class depend upon the age and level of each group. 
  • Each class will have 4 to 8 students and lasts for one hour. 
  • There are five Musicianship Class weeks from September to June. Please refer to the school calendar for the dates.
  • The classes will be held in place of the private lesson for that week.

Recitals

  • There will be 5 recitals throughout the school year.
  • Every student must dress up for any recital or musical event. This is part of the student’s training. Dressing up always makes the performer feel good and play better.
  • All the students are expected to perform at EVERY studio recital.  This is perhaps the most valuable part of the student’s musical education.
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to perform in recitals presented by CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers), DMTA (Davis Music Teachers’ Association), MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California), MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) and SMAC (Suzuki Music Association of California).

 

Evaluations

  • All piano students are expected to participate in the National Guild Piano-Playing auditions. This provides a goal for each student and the evaluation measures the student's progress. Each participating student will receive a certificate with comments and a pin.
    • Auditions take place in April and May, and are held in Davis.
    • The fee for this audition is $35 to $75 depending on how many pieces the student is performing.
  • All  school-age students are encouraged to participate in a study program sponsored by the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) called the Certificate of Merit (CM). The CM evaluation includes technical skills, preparation of varied literature for performance, sight-reading, ear training, and the study of theory and music history.  Each student who passes all phases will receive a certificate with comments and will advance to the next level. There are many honor programs for outstanding students. Please visit the MTAC website for more information.
    • The CM test takes place every February or March in Davis.
    • The fee for CM is $55 to $90 and differs by level.

Music Lab

Nationally, more and more teachers are reaping the benefits of having a music lab to promotetotal musical growthin conjunction with private lessons.The MSC music lab is equipped with a digital piano with interfacing MIDI unit, 6 computers with more than 150 music software programs, a listening station, and a music library. Our lab assistants will help students use our equipment to learn composition, improvisation, theory, music appreciation, music history, rhythm, ear training, and sight-reading in a self-paced and fun way.

 

 

Digital Pianos and Sequencers

 

The digital piano is a full keyboard with weighted keys, possessing a MIDI unit that produces a kaleidoscope of musical sounds and various rhythms. The built-in sequencer is a sophisticated recording device. Different sounds can be recorded on separate tracks to create colorful accompaniments and can be replayed at any speed without changing the pitch. The sequencer is also an excellent learning tool. Students can record and critique their own performances. Using prerecorded repertoire, muting functions allows the students to mute one voice and play it themselves for practice. A rhythm pattern can also be added to a piece that requires a steady tempo, or the teacher can pre-record the second part for duet practice. Students can also have fun improvising to a drum line.