Making music with friends is a blast at The Piano Playhouse, where the internationally-acclaimed YAMAHA Music Education System (YMES) and state-of-the-art music technology combine to create a comprehensive program for beginning students AGES 3 - 10. The Piano Playhouse is a unique piano studio that includes a spacious classroom equipped with a Yamaha Digital Grand Piano for each student and a Yamaha Clavinova CVP 601 for instructional use. Additional educational tools include interactive applications for the MacBook Air utilizing Apple TV™, as well as a wide variety of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments.
Why Group Lessons?
Most recorded and live music is performed in groups.
Students like being in a group where they make new friends and learn from each other.
Students try harder in a group where there is fun, friendly cooperation.
Playing in a group builds self-confidence.
The objective of the Yamaha Music Education System is to develop each student's comprehensive musical ability in an environment that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation. The courses teach students to express themselves creatively through the language of music. As their education progresses, they build performance, improvisation and composition skills. This approach has produced award-winning professional musicians, successful music teachers and millions of music lovers worldwide.
About The Piano Playhouse
From Claudia Reardon
Finding myself blessed with the opportunity to open the Piano Playhouse is a dream come true. I grew up in sunny southern California and knew at a very young age that I wanted to teach music. I also love playing the piano, so I chose to study Piano Performance and Music Education at Azusa Pacific University and earned a B.A. in May of 1983. Thirty years later, in May of 2013, I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Boston University.
Following graduation from APU in 1983, I attended intensive training in the Yamaha Music Education System and immediately began teaching more than 120 students each week at John Waltrip's Music Center in Arcadia, California. In 1990, I moved back to my home town of Ventura, California, where I opened a Yamaha Music School, MusiQuest. In addition, I have been a private piano instructor for more than 30 years. To keep my skills sharp, I have served as an organist and pianist at various churches in California and Colorado.
When my son Billy and I moved to Colorado in 2000, I began teaching elementary classroom music, always incorporating the techniques that I had learned in my years of experience teaching young children using the Yamaha Music Education System. In May of 2014, I completed seven happy years of teaching general music to kindergarten through 5th grade students at Cherry Hills Christian School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
I am so excited to find out who my amazing new students will be and can't wait to begin our epic adventure together!