WUNDERKEYS PIANO FOR PRESCHOOL
The Wunderkeys program was developed to provide one-on-one piano lessons for children ages 3 - 4 years old and combines beginning piano skills with a foundation in math, creating connections that facilitate mathematical understanding in the future and a love of music! Through a play based program, children will explore sounds, patterning and rhythm while sharpening spatial awareness. Wunderkeys students have a seamless transition into traditional private lessons! New Wunderkeys preschool students will receive the first lesson free!
TRADITIONAL PRIVATE LESSONS IN VIOLIN AND PIANO
Traditional 30 minute lessons are offered to children in Kindergarten/1st grade, adults, and special needs students. Forty-five and sixty-minute lessons are available at the discretion of the teacher. New students receive the first lesson free!
COMPREHENSIVE GROUP PIANO LESSONS
The Comprehensive Group Lesson is a 60 minute class for grades 2 and up. All skill levels are welcome. This class combines traditional private lessons with supervised practice time essential in building skills necessary for more effective, motivated practice at home. Students younger than 2nd grade are accepted by invitation only. New students receive the first lesson free!
ADVANCED PRIVATE LESSONS
This is an invitation-only program open to students who are working on intermediate-advanced level repertoire AND whom have demonstrated that they are practicing consistently at home and will be prepared at each lesson. A minimum of 45 minutes is required to study privately at this level. This will allow for adequate time to explore advanced repertoire, technique and other keyboard skills such as scales, arpeggios, broken chords and chord cadences. Students at this level are encouraged to enter competitions and festivals as well as participating in master classes and attending outside concerts. Any studio fees that are required to enter these events will be included in the cost of the lesson. Individual student fees are not included.
MUSIC APPRECIATON CLASS
This one hour class explores all aspects of music, including rhythm, note reading, ear training, keyboard harmony, sight singing, history, composition and ensemble playing that is piano-oriented and taught in a relaxed, game-based group setting.
A Recital takes place every Spring. To accommodate our large studio, 5 or more performance times are scheduled. Learning to perform is an integral part of learning an instrument. All students are encouraged to participate, however, it is not mandatory. The Recitals will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the Chapel at The Mount Academy in Esopus. There are ALWAYS other opportunities for students to perform as well! Please inquire if you are interested!!!
VALLEY VISTA NURSING HOME
The studio has a special arrangement with Valley Vista Assisted Living Home that allows students to play piano for residents and earn community service credits. If your student would like to participate, please contact the Home at 691-7400 at least one week in advance to set up a day and time. In addition, from time to time the studio will perform as a group at the home as well, usually around the holidays.
SUNY NEW PALTZ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Peterson Studio has partnered with the Music Department at SUNY New Paltz to offer internship opportunities to music students majoring in piano. The interns assist the teachers and work under their guidance and direction. This is a wonderful opportunity for both the interns and the students!
FESTIVALS AND AUDITIONS
Each year the studio participates in the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions as well as the NYSMTA Auditions/Competition (by invitation only). The studio participates in the NYSSMA festival by request only. The website is updated each year by May 1 with information on these programs. Fees for these events are invoiced separately from tuition.
Offered each year prior to the annual Recital, this class provides students with an opportunity to play on a Steinway Grand Piano for their peers. Positive peer critiquing is utilized to help improve our skills as performers. When possible, the classes are held during the same day/time as the students' regular lesson.