children have been studying piano with Art Scott for about 7
years. Before they began, we had read of the positive
correlation between studying piano and doing well in
years we have witnessed this phenomenon first hand. Our children
have done extremely well in math, consistently placing in the
top percentage on standardized tests. Most recently our two
oldest sons showed the connection again. One got a perfect score
on the math section of the SAT test and the other missed only
would highly recommend studying piano from Mr. Scott just for
joy of music, but the academic benefit is a great plus."
- Paul and Robin
Gerrard, Laguna Hills,CA
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Children Take Piano Lessons, they learn far more than Music...
Back in the 1890's through the 1950's, the PIANO, the VICTOR VICTROLA,
the Phonograph Record and the RADIO were the Entertainment Centers of
every home here in America. There were no TV's, no Nintendo's, Computer
games, Weii machines, etc. Families turned to live music in the home to
People actually learned how to play the piano and sing around the piano.
It was a family affair. Young people took piano lessons as part of their
Education and Personal Enrichment.
Here we are in 2009 - and we need as a nation to get back to the basics.
When your kids grow up they will need to have skills that will last them
the rest of their life. Consider the list that I have compiled below.
How's this for the 8 C's?
Confidence - your child will be able to play with ease and
confidence and be envied by their peers
Concentration - controlled studies have proven that children who
take Piano Lessons
are able to accelerate beyond their peers in Math and Science skills;
the brained is sorted in a such a manner that skills require thought and
organization come with greater ease.
Coordination - eye hand coordination is developed to extremely
precise movements, superior to skill of a Heart or Brain Surgeon -
Pianists can close their eyes and play memorized pieces - try doing
surgery that way.
Consistency - daily practicing renders great results. Children
learn that if you put great effort forward towards playing and
improving, great results are bound to happen.
Charm - when children develop their skills in playing the Piano,
they learn a great deal in grace and charm and develop a taste for the
finer things that life offers.
Conceptualization - complex skills such as note reading,
understanding complicated rhythms, coordinating the hands to handle
Courage - children learn NOT to quit when the going gets tough.
Tenaciousness is learned from the start of the very first lesson.
Anything worthwhile in life takes stick-to-it ness.
Commitment - children will not be anymore committed than their
parents are. Piano lessons should be just as important as every subject
at school. The parent as to set the stage for this attitude to be really
implemented. Homework is given and needs to be completed. Making a
verbal commitment of one year of lessons should be done between a child
and the parent so the young person will the process of lessons seriously
and be prepared weekly for their teacher.
Many adults missed out
on taking piano/keyboard lessons when they were a child.
Art Scott teaches both
adults and children and is privileged to offer a personalized
approach to studying the piano geared for adults. We offer a positive
approach which allows adults to progress and learn according to their
schedule. Music changes lives forever!
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The chance to
express them self through music and the arts
all forms of music styles
A Music Teacher who will
motivate, challenge and nurture students to their highest
Opportunities for performance to
their peers and family
The opportunity to create music
and explore new sounds and instruments
Exposure to a vast array of
different composers, classical and popular
Praise from their parents,
teacher and peers when they practice hard and perform pieces
An excellent introduction to the
world of Music
The extended successes which a
quality Music Education affords: this includes success in
academics, society, development of intelligence and analytical
thinking and success in life
The extended benefits of a
quality Music Education teaching life skills which include
patience, poise, determination, hard work, dedication,
tenacity, hard work and teamwork
An outlet for creativity for
ideas and emotions that only music can express
To learn music theory, music
notation and to develop skills of sight reading
To learn to study music with
great confidence so they some day can teach themselves
"I have always admired the skill and expertise of
professional golfer, Tiger Woods. Obviously his
and coaches played a crucial role in the
of his great, natural skills. Music Education
is no different.
The development of a child's talent is
solely at the mercy
of caring and loving parents
providing private lessons so a child's 'raw' talent
can be developed to the fullest."
Renowned Local Music Teacher
To hear Mr. Art Scott,
Piano Teacher play click on these Youtube links:
"What A Friend"
"Joy To The World"
Holy & El Shadai"
30 years of
and children of all ages and all levels
available for weddings, birthdays,
special occasions, and memorial services
come to your home
available for tuners, voice teachers,
brass, wind and string teachers
Taking piano lessons and practicing can either be boring or interesting.
The secret is choosing the right teacher. I recommend to every parent who
calls me to try several teachers out and find someone who is compatible.
After thirty years of teacher experience I have always allowed children to
choose the music they are playing. This retains their interest and support. I
also sponsor three recitals annually so young people can display their talent
and be proud of their accomplishments.
Giving a child a music education is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Studies at major universities such as U.C.I. have proven that the study of
classical music enhances the cognitive ability of children and increases
their ability to comprehend math and science. In addition, music education
builds a child's self-esteem, teaches discipline and the intrinsic rewards
found from staying with a task and completing it.
I used to be in the piano business and sold pianos for several years.
In addition to being a teacher, I have actually watched pianos built in a
factory from scratch. When considering the purchase of a new or used instrument, please keep the following in mind. There are dealerships which
should be avoided. Call my studio at (949) 454-1221
for advice and recommendations.
Keyboard skills development will have limitations on portable keyboards 3-6
mos. max. unless the keyboard has WEIGHTED keys and is TOUCH SENSITIVE. Digital
pianos are a great value and should be considered since they do not require
tuning and you can practice with headphones on. Always hire a PIANO
TECHNICIAN to check out a piano, especially a USED one, BEFORE you buy
Avoid heartache, grief and a bad purchase. I personally recommend Kathleen Ghelke for all you piano tuning and technician needs (909) 980-5958.
I support and recommend the following musicians and stores:
How much should my child practice?
A minimum of 30 minutes
What type of music do you use?
A variety, depending on a child's interest, attention span, etc. Schaum, Bastien, Noona,
Thompson to name a few.
Do you teach music to
children with learning disabilities?
Art Scott welcomes the opportunity to teach music to all children,
including those whom may have learning disabilities. Parents are
encouraged to openly discuss their children's specific needs upfront, so
he can teach them in an appropriate manner. He is experienced in
teaching children who are slow learners, ADHD and other types of
disabilities. Some of the most talented children can excel beyond their
disabilities and truly express themselves through the medium of music.
No child should be denied a Music Education.
How many students play in the recitals? It varies from 40 - 50 + with 150 -200 guests Mr. Scott sponsors three recitals a year; November, May and August.
How much are the lessons?
It depends on the age of the child and where your home is located, lessons are taught in your home.
I do not know if my child will practice
This is a discipline issue and the parent's responsibility to support the daily practice schedule. You can
have the best teacher in the world, but if the child is does not practice, no
learning and progressing will occur. It is not the teachers job to make
sure a child practices, it is the parents!
I have tried other teachers and am not satisfied
The solution is
usually finding the right teacher with the right student. Compatibility is
everything. Parents also need to have reasonable expectations as well. The
personality of the students and their parents has to be a good mix.
My child is fighting me about practicing, what can I do? Often giving children goals, incentives, tangible gifts, a trip to Disney, a computer
game. Keep track of their commitment to practicing on a chart with stickers
and keep track of their commitment and good behavior with a reward that is
meaningful to them. Be practical also, there are only so many hours in the
day, limit the amount of activities so a child is not overwhelmed. It is
totally unfair to a child to have them involved in too many activities. My dad had the great idea of making verbal contracts with all of us (5
children). He told us we had to stick with piano for one year and after
that, if we stuck with it, he would buy / rent us any other instrument.I
encourage parents today to try the same idea. It works!
My child is in tears and does not like their piece
A good teacher will constantly monitor the appropriateness of each piece a student is
studying - and take them off of it immediately when the piece is too hard.
My child is not responding to their current teacher, what should I do?
Sometimes the issues may be the teacher, personality conflict, etc. However,
sometimes the issues are not the teacher but often lack of support, encouragement and interest that a parent has for the child. Children
need praise and encouragement and they also need to know from their parents
that they should respect their teacher and obey them, and have a good attitude.
Parents should be available to listen to the pieces a child is practicing on
a daily basis. It is also normal for a talented child to try to sabotage the
lesson process because so much of playing the instrument comes natural to
them. It takes and effective parent / teacher relationship to balance out
the tough times of helping a child progress, even when the learning becomes
harder and more difficult skill levels are reached. Children are also
thrilled to compete in a healthy sense when there own parents are learning a
practicing as well.
If you have other questions, please feel free to call my office or send
I am always willing to talk with parents and assist them in finding solutions.
Do you recommend
Certificate of Merit, Music Teachers Associations
and other organizations? I do not recommend nor do I participate with the Certificate of
Merit Program. As a child, my parents wasted hard earned money putting
me through the rigors of being judged. My talent and musical ability at
the piano was not improved any greater than if I had not participated.
Any good piano teacher properly trained can assist any student with zero
experience through what they would study through all four years as a
piano major and any major college, university or conservatory in the
world. In fact, I know of a mother who put 2 of her children through 12
years of piano and that included the Certificate of Merit. They are both
in their 20's now and they absolutely hate the piano, they hate playing
at family gatherings. The children I teach love to perform, participate
readily at school talent shows and enjoy sharing their talent whenever
they can. Many of my students have pursued music as a career. Often,
when a new teacher or someone who lacks enthusiasm and has not studied
piano literature and teaching in general, turn to outside organizations
to dictate what music they should use utilize judges and competitions,
to make up for their own inadequacies as a teacher and performer. A
creative teacher who has been well trained can provide wonderful
instruction to any student, without the need of outside third party
input. Kids today often have 2 hours of homework at night and adding a
stringent, unloving methodology to their plate of responsibilities, is
unfair and unloving to a piano student. Children need to be taught good
technique and good repertoire - without the need for testing and judges.
The learning of Music should be fun for kids.
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