In Home Lessons for Piano, Voice, Guitar, & Ukulele
Music Production & Audio Engineering Online Lessons
In-home lessons can be ideal for busy families or for younger students. The benefit of having lessons in the student's home is that it becomes the learning experience scene. After the teacher leaves, the space where the lesson took place takes on a special aura and resonates in the memory during practice sessions. The student also feels more relaxed and comfortable in their home and can have all materials necessary for good lessons and study on hand. Parents of younger children can observe what is taking place during the lesson and even participate if they are interested. This is particularly helpful with very young students. In-home lessons are available for piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele.
This lesson program consists of 1-hour lessons in digital composition and audio engineering. It is designed to be an introduction to digital music creation and Pro Tools (or other software, as necessary) for the musical artist. Students are expected to have access to a computer, a notebook/pencil, as well as a digital transfer link such as google drive or a hard drive to share current work. The specific course of study may vary according to students' goals and skill levels. However, the student should expect to revisit and/or be introduced to the basic fundamentals of digital composition and audio engineering techniques within a studio environment.
We have several goals and objectives for our students in the Music Production and Audio Engineering class here at 7 Keys Music. Students will learn to understand the basics of digital audio and digital composition and become proficient in the basics of using software to compose, record, mix, and master music. They will also begin to develop an ear for music production, listening for details in music that are commonly discussed during the music production and songwriting processes (such as instrumentation, melody, harmony, song structure, clipping & distortion, stereo spread, muddiness, clarity and tone, front to back presentation, frequency balance, etc). They will learn to manipulate technological tools to control and sculpt a musical composition to their liking, and they will learn to create music and sound art in the software while exploring songwriting, mixing, and mastering.
Topics covered may include Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) basics, music composition and beat making, recording and importing audio, working with MIDI instruments, editing audio, mixing, mastering, using plugin processing, and creative sound design.
Piano Classes for Music Parents: How to Parent the Piano Player
In this 45-minute small group class, adult students not only learn how to play the piano but also how to parent the piano student. These classes can guide parents in developing strategies with home practice while developing their own piano skills. Who should join a class?
Beginning parents with no previous piano experience
Parents who say “I wish my mom/dad didn’t let me quit”, i.e. those returning to lessons after a long hiatus.
Parents who ‘used to play pretty good”. For those adults who are more adept, classes can assist in learning duets with their students, understanding the music literacy process at 7Keys Music with Guide Notes and Transposition, learn ‘the song’ they’ve always wanted to play, and brush up on skills.
Competitions, Recitals & Community Projects
These professional affiliations allow students the option to participate in evaluations and competitions on a local, regional, and national level. Students are also encouraged to participate in annual recitals.
On March 17, 2016, 7Keys Music held its first benefit recital. Students performed to raise monetary donations for the Sandbox, a Charlotte charity that helps families of children who have cancer or suffering from another life-altering illness. The Music Speaks Benefit Recital raised $1500 for a wonderful cause. This year's charity will benefit music in the schools and will be held in February 2024.
On October 13, 2017 7Keys Music participated in a Perform-Athon at Queens University, raising money for MusicalMinds NC, an organization that puts music education and instruments into the hands of children who otherwise would not have the opportunity.