Piano Lessons

All lessons are individually taught on the best instruments available: our Steinway Junior Concert Grand Piano, valued at $97k and our wonderful new Yamaha U1 upright, valued at $7k. We also have two digital electronic pianos for warm ups and ensemble playing.

We have a studio-owned digital recorder for making professional-quality recordings right here in the Tampa studio. The finest, and priciest, studio recordings are made with a 7-9 foot Steinway Grand in a studio with hardwood floors. This is exactly the environment in which you would be recording.

We have Absolutely top-notch teachers: Concert-trained in the best universities and music conservatories in the US and Europe. All of our teachers are degreed in Music Performance, most with Masters and pending Masters Degrees; several with dual Masters degrees.

Our lessons are fun and our training is first rate. No reason great training can't be enjoyable! There is much laughter as well as learning during lessons.

 

Frequent Group Performance Classes insure confidence when performing and provide opportunities to make friends and form ensemble groups.

We provide lots of opportunities to really PLAY; Formal and Informal Recitals, Competitions, Festivals, Examinations, Talent Shows, etc. Our studio is proud of its dozens of 1st, 2nd and third places in piano, ensemble, cello and voice at the State level at FFMC; as well as its dozens of gold and silver medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music, indicating the candidate has scored the highest score in their center or even in the state.

A typical week for the studio consists of private lessons, Monday to Friday Sunday classes as well. The weekends are then available for group activities including performance classes, theory and music history, and recitals. In honor of Mozart’s 250th birthday, the studio celebrated with Mozart selections, hand-made tee shirts with zany quotes by the musical maestro, and a showing of the movie Amadeus for the older students.

Ms. Wendelken’s passion for music is embodied in her students’ abundant honors for the year, but what is really touching is the camaraderie developed through musical interests and goals. "Sometimes, at the end of a week of music I find teenagers lingering, whether it’s taking turns playing on the Steinway and talking or in my kitchen making brownies, we’re like family here, too."

We have story after story of students who went from so-so to EXCEPTIONAL with our program.

Young Pianists who got lost in the crowd at other studios emerging as 1st Place winners within one year of lessons.

Teenagers with years of study under their belts, finally seeing College Credit and winning awards after all these years.

Adults who never got far with piano lessons in their youth now learning piano concertos and Mozart Sonatas.

Talented Pianists on the verge of quitting piano find new love for music with our program.

 

                                   

If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would "build character," they were onto something. The Washington Post reports that one of the largest scientific studies into music's effect on the brain has found something striking: Musical training doesn't just affect your musical ability — it provides tremendous benefits to children's emotional and behavioral maturation.

The study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine found that even those who never made it past nursery rhyme songs and do-re-mi's likely received some major developmental benefits just from playing. The study provides even more evidence as to why providing children with high-quality music education may be one of the most effective ways to ensure their success in life.

The study: James Hudziak and his colleagues analyzed the brain scans of 232 children ages 6 to 18, looking for relationships between cortical thickness and musical training. Previous studies the team had performed revealed that anxiety, depression, attention problems and aggression correspond with changes to cortical thickness. Hudziak and his team sought to discover whether a "positive activity" like musical training could affect the opposite changes in young minds.

"What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument," Hudziak told the Washington Post, "it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control."

The study found increased thickness in parts of the brain responsible for executive functioning, which includes working memory, intentional control and organizational skills. In short, music actually helped kids become more well-rounded. Not only that, they believe that musical training could serve as a powerful treatment of cognitive disorders like ADHD.

We need this sort of proof now more than ever. In presenting their findings, the authors reveal a terrifying truth about the American education system: Three-quarters of high school students "rarely or never" receive extracurricular lessons in the music or the arts. And that's depriving kids of way more than just knowing an instrument.

School systems that don't dedicate adequate time and resources to musical training are robbing their kids of so much. Prior research proves that learning music can help children develop spatiotemporal faculties, which then aid their ability to solve complex math. It can also help children improve their reading comprehension and verbal abilities, especially for those who speak English as a second language.

In these ways music can be a powerful tool in helping to close the achievement gaps that have plagued American schools for so long. It's even been shown that children who receive musical training in school also tend to be more civically engaged and maintain higher grade-point averages than children who don't. In short, musical education can address many of the systemic problems in American education.

Hudziak's research is an important addition to the field because it shows that music helps us become better people, too. One thing is clear: Learning music is one of the best things a person can do. Who knows — running scales may have changed your life. And it could change the lives of future generations too.

Published with Permission from the Washington Post.