Lamont Piano Preparatory Program
We offer students a time-tested and unique program of weekly group and private lessons. Our three-year curriculum is designed to develop every phase of complete musicianship, including music reading, rhythm, theory, creativity and ear training—all ideally suited to group instruction.
The Lamont Piano Preparatory program serves as the laboratory school for the Lamont School of Music graduate piano pedagogy program. Our mission is to model the highest standards in piano education while nurturing the joy of music making.
We strive for a relevant and holistic curriculum that applies the teaching philosophy of the respected piano pedagogue, Frances Clark, who believed that “there is music in every child.” Our goal is twofold:
- Develop lifetime musicians who are able to communicate their love of music with artistry and confidence.
- Nurture independent learners who are musically literate.
Piano Classes for Children
Level of Instruction
Level 1 Group Class (Ages 5–6, first and second grade)
Students in Level 1(beginners only) attend a weekly 55 minute group lesson. Additionally, students take a weekly 30 minute private lesson. Students gain a thorough musical foundation using discovery learning, movement and focused listening activities to develop an understanding of the principles of theory, musicianship and performance practice. Furthermore, the class provides children an opportunity to share their performances in a fun and supportive environment.
Level 2 Group Class (Ages 7–8, second and third grade)
Students who complete Level 1 move into Level 2. If there are openings in the classes, transfer students will be considered.
Level 3 (Ages 8–9, third and fourth grade)
Students who complete Level 2 move into Level 3. If there are openings in the classes, transfer students will be considered.
Summer lessons are not included in the tuition, and are paid directly to the instructor.
To gain the most benefit from the program, it is expected that students will advance through all three levels of study.
All prospective students are interviewed personally as a first step in the enrollment procedure. The primary purpose of the interview is to assess musical readiness for beginners. The interview also provides the opportunity for you to become acquainted with our faculty, policies and facility.
Interviews will be scheduled after completion and submission of the Initial Information Form.
Piano Classes for Adult Beginners
We believe that there is music in everyone, yes, even those who are embarking on their journey at the piano as an adult.
Studies have shown that learning piano as an adult in a group setting has many advantages and benefits. We are pleased to have you experience this unique opportunity with us.
Schedule, Location and Tuition
8 Week Sessions: Beginning in September, January and March
Time: Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Piano Lab, Room 437 in the Lamont School of Music Building
Materials Fee: $50/year
Tuition: $240 ($200 for those with a DU faculty/staff ID)
Registration and More Details
For more information and to register for the class, please go to the registration form. Completing the form with your registration fee will secure your enrollment.
The Lamont Piano Preparatory Program also functions as the learning and teaching laboratory for the Lamont School of Music M.M. in Piano Pedagogy degree program. Lamont graduate students serve as Piano Preparatory faculty while learning the profession of piano pedagogy.
These teachers are highly trained pianists in their own right. As such, students in the Piano Preparatory program benefit from the most current research in piano education. We are continuously working on improving the standards of the piano teaching profession through our research and exploration of teaching techniques and materials.
The class instructors are experienced, second-year graduate students under the direct supervision of Chee-Hwa Tan, Head of the Piano Pedagogy Department and Leila Viss, Coordinator of the Piano Preparatory Program.