The New School’s piano and keyboard curriculum is intended to build not only a solid technical facility but also a broad musical knowledge. Tuition is available for students of all ages and abilities, those learning for pleasure and others preparing for grade examinations from preliminary to teaching diploma level. Lessons are also available in jazz piano and piano accordion. Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Taking place in the school’s digital piano lab, group lessons are designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together. They are available as 30-, 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3 or 4 students. Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons are also available.
Group Courses for Beginners
Beginner adults can join Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults, which introduces students to the fundamentals of keyboard technique – as well as basic music theory, sight reading and chordal accompaniment – while progressing through a varied and interesting repertoire ranging from classical to pop. Designed for children aged 6-8, Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children is a lively and enjoyable first experience with keyboard instruments.
Group Courses for Intermediate-Advanced Students
Taking place in the school's piano/keyboar lab, Jazz Piano Basics is a hands-on course designed to give classical piano students of at least intermediate level (Grade V or equivalent) a solid foundationin jazz piano.
Students of jazz piano may be interested injoining one of our Jazz Ensembles.
Theory & Music Technology
Beginning students should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with the basics of music theory, and piano and keyboard students at all levels are strongly encouraged to attend theory classes. Piano/keyboard students may also be interested in our Music Technology courses.