Piano Belloso Music Studio

City of La Mirada Classes

The Community Services Department for the city of La Mirada offers approximately 600 classes quarterly. The City's classes are designed to promote a better quality of life, encourage physical activity, and provide mental stimulation. Class offerings are evaluated by City staff on a regular basis to ensure responsiveness to residents' needs and interests.

For Summer 2018, Piano Belloso Music Studio is pleased to offer the following classes:

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Beginner Piano Workshops (all ages)

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Group Piano Lessons (ongoing)

Beginner Piano Workshops

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Come "test drive" the Simply Music program - the breakthrough Australian-developed method that gives students an immediate experience of their musicianship. In six weeks, students learn four songs in four different styles!

Parent attendance is required for students age 15 and under. A Material Fee is payable to Simply Music by the second week of class. 

Please select your age group from below to find out more.

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Youth (ages 6-12)

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Teens and Adults (ages 13+)

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Older Adults (age 50+)

 

Youth Workshops

For beginner piano students age 6-12, this class is tailored to young children who have very little or no prior experience playing the piano. Even if your child has had some lessons before, the Simply Music approach will be quite a departure from any music program they've experienced previously. Below are some details about how to register and what to expect when attending the Simply Music Piano Workshop. 

 
 

How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready?

Because of the age range of this class, it's important to understand that there can be a significant difference in development between even 6-7 years old, especially where fine motor skills are concerned. Playing the piano requires the ability to operate each finger independently and in tandem with the other fingers. Even adults beginners struggle with this, so parents should do their best to "pre-qualify" their children before enrolling. Try the simple test in the link below with your child at home to see if their fingers are ready for the keys. If you're still unsure, don't worry. During the first class, your teacher will be able to quickly assess each child's ability. 


Registration

To attend this class, families will need to register and pre-pay directly via the City of La Mirada website (link below). The cost is $100 for the entire 6-week class for La Mirada residents*. There is a separate materials cost due by the second week of class (see Student Home Materials below). Registration opens November 13 for La Mirada residents, or November 20 for non-residents.

*There is an additional $10 fee added for non-residents, for a total of $110


Student Home Materials

For this Workshop, all class materials are to be purchased directly from Simply Music and are available via the link below. The workshop materials consist of:

  • printable PDF documents (a reference book with helpful diagrams and visual "clues" for each song)
  • streaming video recaps of each lesson, and
  • a "practice-pad" (a printable, full-size keyboard).

Materials are in digital format to allow instant access online.


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Parental Attendance and Participation

A key difference between traditional piano lessons and the Simply Music Piano program is that the active participation of parents is not only encouraged and emphasized, but required.

For young children, this is very similar to "mommy-and-me" style of classes. However, the role of parental involvement goes a bit deeper. Parents who enroll their child in the Simply Music Workshop should expect to attend every class with their child, stay for the duration of the class, and actively participate in the lesson.

During the week, parents are responsible for assisting students with accessing their student home materials, establishing a regular practice routine, and assisting them with practice if necessary. 


Feel free to explore the rest of this website for more general information on Simply Music and Piano Belloso Music Studio. If you have any questions, you can also contact me directly.  

 

Teen and Adult Workshops

For beginner piano students age 13 and up, this class is tailored to both teens and adults who have very little or no prior experience playing the piano. Even if you have had some lessons before, the Simply Music approach will be quite a departure from any music program experienced previously. Below are some details about how to register and what to expect when attending the Simply Music Piano Workshop.

 
 

Registration

To attend this class, students will need to register and pay directly via the City of La Mirada website (link below). The cost is $100 for the entire 6-week class for La Mirada residents*. There is a separate materials cost due by the second week of class (see Student Home Materials below). Registration opens November 13 for La Mirada residents, or November 20 for non-residents.

*There is an additional $10 fee added for non-residents, for a total of $110.


Student Home Materials

For this Workshop, all class materials are to be purchased directly from Simply Music and are available via the link below. The workshop materials consist of:

  • printable PDF documents (a reference book with helpful diagrams and visual "clues" for each song)
  • streaming video recaps of each lesson, and
  • a "practice-pad" (a printable, full-size keyboard).

Materials are in digital format to allow immediate access online.


Parental Attendance and Participation

A key difference between traditional piano lessons and the Simply Music Piano program is that the active participation of parents is not only encouraged and emphasized, but required.

For young children, this is very similar to the "mommy-and-me" style of classes. However, the role of parental involvement goes a bit deeper and often continues well into the teenage years. I typically ask parents to still attend and participate for teens until they reach the age of 16+. Parents who enroll their teen in the Beginner Piano Workshop should expect to attend every class with them, stay for the duration of the class, and actively participate in the lesson.

During the week, parents are responsible for assisting students with accessing their student home materials, establishing a regular practice routine, and assisting them with practice if necessary. 


Feel free to explore the rest of this website for more general information on Simply Music and Piano Belloso Music Studio. If you have any questions, you can also contact me directly.  

 

Older Adult Workshops

For beginner piano students age 50 and up, this class is tailored to older adults who have had very little or no prior experience playing the piano. Even if you have had some lessons before, the Simply Music approach will be quite a departure from any music program experienced previously. Below are some details about how to register and what to expect when attending the Simply Music Piano Workshop.

 
 

Registration

To attend this class, you will need to register and pay directly via the City of La Mirada website (link below), or by visiting the front desk at the Resource Center to register in person. The cost is $100 for the entire 6-week class for La Mirada residents*. There is a separate materials cost due by the second week of class (see Student Home Materials below). Registration opens November 13 for La Mirada residents, or November 20 for non-residents.

*There is an additional $10 fee added for non-residents, for a total of $110


Student Home Materials

For this Workshop, all class materials are to be purchased directly from Simply Music and are available via the link below. The workshop materials consist of:

  • printable PDF documents (a reference book with helpful diagrams and visual "clues" for each song)
  • streaming video recaps of each lesson, and
  • a "practice-pad" (a printable, full-size keyboard).

Materials are available in both digital and physical format. When purchasing, all students will have immediate access to the digital version of materials, but shipment of the physical books can take 10-14 days. 


Feel free to explore the rest of this website for more general information on Simply Music and Piano Belloso Music Studio. If you have any questions, you can also contact me directly.  

 

Group Piano Lessons (Ongoing)

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    Students who have completed the Beginner Piano Workshop can continue their journey by registering for ongoing group piano lessons. These are offered on a limited basis at the City of La Mirada and are divided by age and level as follows:

    Foundation Level 1 (all ages)

    Foundation Level 2 (all ages)

    Foundation Level 3 (all ages)

    See course catalog for specific pricing and schedule. 


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    Superior Results

    If you think about life in general, almost everything we accomplish is done in a shared, collaborative environment. Family, community, school, church, work - all operate on the basis of individuals contributing and interacting with others. Why should piano lessons be an exception in this regard?

    In Group Classes, students learn in three different ways:

    1. Observatory - seeing others go through the learning process
    2. Participatory - actively processing the learning themselves
    3. Generative - taking what they have learned and applying it in new and different ways, or mentoring and teaching others

    In this way, students learn faster and on a deeper level than what can be accomplished in private lessons. The benefits of this format continue:

    • Music is experienced naturally in a social environment rather than being an isolating endeavor
    • Students become quite comfortable playing in front of others
    • Camaraderie and support are built in for both students and parents
    • Students learn from others’ ideas and questions
    • IT'S JUST MORE FUN!

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    Life Coach Included

    A parent or guardian must accompany students age 15 or younger to every class. In the Simply Music Program, parents are called "LIFE COACHES," and are an essential part of the student's success. For older students, a Life Coach can still be a valuable resource to help keep them accountable. However, most teenage and adult students will be expected to act as their own life coach.

    Here are some qualities that a Life Coach is expected to embody:

    • Consistency - Be a consistent presence in class every week (occasional substitutes are okay)
    • Active Participation - Attend and participate in every lesson without disctraction
    • Availability - Be available to support the student at home regularly
    • Responsibility - Ensure that the student is completing all assignments each week and help manage this process

    For more information on Life Coaches and the role of parents in lessons, please see Roles and Responsbilities.


    Class Length and Scheduling Flexibility

    The length of each class will vary depending on the number of students enrolled, as shown below:

    • 2-3 students = 30-40 minutes
    • 4-6 students = 45-50 minutes
    • 7+ students = 60 minutes