As Presto Piano Studio’s main teacher, Miss Amy illuminates the joys of playing the piano for kids as young as 8 years old. She accepts students up to the age of 18, and she focuses her lessons on giving beginners a proper musical introduction, one that will reward them as a creative outlet throughout their lives. Though Miss Amy believes mastering the piano takes perseverance and practice, she also thinks it's the easiest instrument to learn, especially in her studio’s kid-friendly environment. Plus, music education makes students smarter and more likely to name their pet after obscure 19th-century Austrian composers. Every student starts off with four private lessons before moving to group lessons with students of a similar age and ability level.
The instructors at Global Music Academy design lessons on musical instruments, voice, dance, and art that go deeper than “practice makes perfect.” They surround their technical pointers with theoretical context, encouraging students to hone their guitar strums and piano chords while delving into musical history and sight-reading. For advanced classes, instructors invite celebrated musicians to inspire pupils through lectures, demonstrations, and ventriloquist acts. Their dance teachers draw from countless global influences to arrange their curriculum, covering Bollywood, hula, ballet, and tap. During art class, employees outline classic styles as adults and children sketch their original works.
The staff also appreciates the social benefits of their teachings. They head an after-school program and various summer camps to introduce youngsters to the fine arts, which often culminate in confidence-boosting performances. Options for toddlers—such as Mommy & Me dance classes and rhythmic Kindermusik sessions—tune into tactics for mental and motor development.
The Metropolitan School of the Arts - formerly the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center - was founded more than 14 years ago. This multidisciplinary performing-arts organization takes a holistic approach to teaching and encouraging performance-arts skills, creating performance opportunities in dance, music, and theater for a diverse population of students of all ages and abilities. Its students have gone to perform on Broadway, at The Juilliard School, and in highly esteemed companies, such as the Mark Morris Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, and Ford's Theater and Signature Theater. Youth programs include year-round programs in dance, theater, music, music-theater, and acting, as well as a performing-arts program in the summer, all for children as young as 2. Adult classes range from basic to advanced, including ballet, jazz, and tap lessons, plus yoga and ballet-barre fitness workouts.
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What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I have experience as a performer, session musician, and teacher, bringing all three perspectives together when providing instruction. In addition, I've played live on all the instruments I teach, and can accommodate advanced students with professional goals.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
If students have their own instrument they wish to play they are welcome to bring it, however, it is not a necessity: my studio is furnished with quality instruments and instructional materials.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I've been studying music my entire life, and remember the joy that music lessons brought me during my childhood. I want to bring that same joy to prospective students of all ages.
What do you love most about your job?
Helping people push past their limits. The moment when a student finally "gets" it, and performs a song or technique they did not think possible is the most satisfying part of this job.