The Piano and the Piano Keyboard are perhaps the most versatile and flexible of instruments in the musical spectrum. Originally a vehicle for Classical music, the Piano and Keyboard are a major player in all forms of popular music since the turn of the 20th century!
Whether you’re interested in Classical, Ragtime, Stride, Trad Jazz, Boogie-Woogie, Soul, Rock n Roll, Electronic Music and more — we’re keen to work with you to set you on your musical journey.
One of the priorities of the RMN Keyboard programs is to encourage pianists / keyboardists to play with others in a band or ensemble. Piano can become a lonely, solo pursuit — and musicians only fully grow when they share and collaborate with others.
Group ‘Band / Ensemble Format’ Keyboard lessons:
The Ranges Music Network has developed a fun and exciting way to get kids off and running with the Piano Keyboard! We run our group lessons in an ensemble format where the keyboards are all linked into a central computer. Students get to jam together with their own part to different grooves, beats and songs, try improvisation and build their skills and confidence. The best part is that we send you home with practice tracks to play along with and recordings of what we’ve done together in the group! A great way to start your piano journey.
Individualized learning on Piano:
When students are ready to take the next step to becoming a Pianist we can offer Individual lessons with material that is catered to your interests and goals. Interested in learning classical music and a traditional approach? Great! Want to try some pop songs or learn about Jazz and Blues? No problem. Let’s discuss what gets you excited about learning Piano.
A note about choosing Group Keyboard or Piano
A lot of parents are very excited about the idea of their young musician learning piano. Maybe you’ve heard that ‘every musician needs to start with / learn the piano’ or you really wanted to learn piano and wished you’d had the opportunity when you were their age. Before you embark on your piano journey please ask yourself a few questions about your young musician:
- Do they have the patience for repetitive tasks? Learning Keyboard or Piano involves training new pathways in the brain to create connections to the fingers. We need to program the body to do things it doesn’t do out of the box! This does require the ability to focus and repeat the same task (even when its really fun).
- Has your child expressed an interest in learning piano or keyboard? This is usually pretty obvious if there is one in the house — they’ll have a tinker, learn some basic songs or maybe create their own.
We believe it is a ‘musical myth’ that everyone has to learn the Piano — or at least that they have to start on the Piano. We have a number of inclusive and engaging groups that let kids just get stuck in, make some sounds, hear the beat and discover their musicianship organically. If you have any questions about whether Piano or Keyboard are right for your child please reach out.
Our Piano & Keyboard Educators:
Piano & Keyboard Educator, Ensemble Leader, Musical Director
Program Director, Keyboard & Electronic Music Educator