KTL Philosophy and Methods
Keys to Life Provides:
- Custom designed private instruction and group music classes for all ages.
- A well rounded education: We develop the student’s music reading abilities, theory comprehension, technique, rhythm, eartraining, creativity, and performance practice.
- We set goals at the start of each semester, we keep track of our assignments in depth, and we give on demand progress reports. If you don’t know how your music is supposed to sound we’ll record it and email it to you!
- We create opportunities for you: formal and mini recitals. UpStartRock shows, Karaoke with our Faculty Band, student demo recordings, student teaching, and more!
The above methods provide accountability from both the teacher and student and yield great results! We hold two formal recitals a year and mini recitals at community retirement homes-on both sides of town. These events give our students an opportunity to perform for each other, their families, and the greater community in a setting that actually helps them face stage fright and conquer it.
KTL’s Secret that Gets Kids Practicing
We believe that every student enjoys the learning process more and grows faster as a musician if they play music that interests them. It also helps immensely if the student has a deep sense of how the music they’re learning is supposed to sound which means we prize learning by ear as much as we do learning by reading. We cultivate both skills. Along with their lesson and theory books, students get to choose their own music or are given help in finding music that speaks to them that’s appropriate for their level. Going along with their creative development, students get time at their lessons to have a supported jam session and are encouraged to figure out songs by ear and devise their own songs. We make lessons fun, interesting, and challenging.
A Typical Lesson
Often, a lesson will start with the student telling their teacher how their week went with practicing. Then they may show their teacher what song they’ve figured out by ear and the teacher will help them take it to the next level: either by giving them a more efficient way to play it, by adding harmony, or by showing them the next part of the song. Then, the student will present their week’s assignments including any technical exercises, repertoire, and theory work. The teacher may choose to focus on a few particular pieces or get to each assignment. The teacher motivates and rewards young students with stickers and prizes. If there is a performance coming up, that takes priority at the lesson. Finally, the teacher and student go over the week’s assignment in their notebook. Through the talents and expertise of KTL’s teachers, all this can happen in as little as 30 minutes!
We’re Always Listening!
We encourage our students to take their musical journey as deep as it can go. Thus, we tailor each lesson and class to the unique interest and abilities of each student. Still, we want to know how we can serve you better and help further your musical goals. Those families that ask for what they want, make their goals clear, and support their students get the best results.