Discount For Piano Lessons
For new students who
can attend piano lessons from 9:30AM-11:30AM Monday-Thursday,
we are offering a 25%
discount off our current rate. This is the lowest piano lesson price we
know of in the area. Please call for the exact rate.
Special Discount For Piano Lessons
For new students who can attend piano lessons from 9:30AM-11:30AM Monday-Thursday,
we are offering a 25% discount off our current rate. This is the lowest piano lesson price we know of in the area. Please call for the exact rate.
Guitar and Piano Teachers Wanted
Our academy is so popular that our current teachers have full schedules. Therefore, we're looking for new teachers to work with us.
Guitar and piano teachers can also become affiliates, and receive training from us based on our 25 years of collective teaching experience.
Call for more information.
Guitar and piano teachers can also become affiliates, and receive training from us
To sign up for lessons, fill out the the appropriate registration
form and mail it to us, or call us at the number above.
Studio hours: Monday-Thursday: 8 AM to 8 PM, Sunday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
We have just published a special piano scale book for young children, so they can rapidly improve their technique, and learn all the major keyboard pathways found in advanced music.
(We already have easy-to-read scales for young guitar students.)
New features have been added to our Accelerando Method (tm) for piano, including a finger-power/speed exercise that we've never seen in any other piano publication.
We devised a trick that helps younger piano students learn scale fingerings in a matter of minutes, and helps older students increase scale speed.
Our Digital Piano Flashcards system has been upgraded with a feature that was previously found only in our digital flashcards for guitar. The feature is perhaps more powerful in helping to learn piano or guitar notes than the traditional approach.
Our head teacher has recently completed a three-year writing project:
a 180-page rapid mastery method for intermediate and advanced students.
(A similar method for guitar was completed several years ago.)
Piano Articles by Our Head Teacher
(These articles explain technical terms in those below)
Tell us the lowest price quote you've received for guitar or piano lessons from a full-time teacher 21 years or older based in a home they own, or a studio in a retail store or other commercial facility. If it's reasonable and we can confirm it, we'll match that price. Thus, we're now offering our renowned, top-quality music lessons at the lowest prices ever.
Apple Valley Guitar & Piano Academy of Apple Valley, MN offers private and semi-private lessons for Adults, Teens, and Children ages 4-12 in:
Important Features of Our Music Studio:
Our studio has produced virtuoso performers and college scholarship winners. With us, the journey to musical success begins with the very first lesson.
All our instructors have a minimum of eight years of teaching experience. This results in faster, more enjoyable learning, and more value for your music lesson dollar.
Spacious, comfortable, multi-media lesson studios with computers for software-based instruction, audio systems, and air filtration.
We've written our own innovative Digital Flashcard software for training in note-reading and Digital Metronome software for training in polyrhythms (example: 2 notes in one hand vs. 5 in the other, in the space of one beat.)
Grand piano in the head teacher's studio is tuned and adjusted every month for a beautiful sound and responsive key action.
Our head teacher and learning curriculum designer has 40 years of music experience, and college training in music performance, theory and history. He's also the author of music training books sold by independent dealers.
Piano students perform their recital on a 9-foot Steinway grand piano, the choice of 90% of concert pianists worldwide.
The word "cost" has no meaning unless you know exactly what you will receive for your money, and the hidden fees or expenses involved. In the case of music teaching, the overall cost of learning to play an instrument properly is what really matters, not the price per lesson. This cost includes:
1. Printed learning materials. We offer our own professionally typeset, self-published music, chord charts, and theory printouts free of charge. This can reduce the cost of music study by as much as $10 per month. Read more about this money-saving feature.
Note: Students must pay for any sheet music and method books we have purchased for their convenience from music stores, or ordered from publishers. As is the case with any music teaching studio affiliated with the Apple Valley Music Teachers Association, these commercial materials are required.
Sample of Our Free Guitar Sheet Music:
Lagrima, by Tarrega.
Notice the detailed information about fingerings and string numbers, standard
notation and tab, just as you would see in a top-quality commercial edition.
Sample of Our Free Piano Sheet Music:
Minuet in G, BWV 114 from the Anna Magdelana Bach Book
Notice the inclusion and written explanation of the mordent and appoggiatura ornaments. One or both are often missing from commercial editions.
2. The amount of time to reach a level where the student can play real, enjoyable solo music, not 20-second riffs and chord strumming. Since our innovative teaching systems produce results about 2-3 times faster than traditional methods, over time, 100s or even 1000s of dollars can be saved by learning guitar or piano with us. Less effective teaching methods produce slower progress.
Therefore, the lessons in a slower program actually cost more than our Accelerando (tm) Piano and Guitar methods to reach the same goal, even though the cost per lesson is less with the slower program.
To confirm point 2 above, here's a parent's testimonial regarding the successful debut performance of their 12-year-old after 1 year of lessons:
"We wanted to let you know that our son played in church today. More people than we could count complimented him after the performance. The pastor said it brought tears to his eyes. We heard so many people say they never thought a guitar could sound so full and beautiful."
An AVGPA student recently received a $12,000 scholarship to study guitar at the University of Minnesota, AFTER JUST 8 MONTHS OF CLASSICAL LESSONS with us. This student was taught with our exclusive Accelerando Guitar Method (discussed below) which is available to students of any age or ability level. We also have an Accelerando Method for piano.
A St. Thomas University professor gave another guitar student assurances he would receive a scholarship if he applied to the music school. This student also received a grade of "A" after an evaluation by a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.
These independent assessments by top music experts confirm our claims of educational quality and results throughout the remainder of this site.
Below are recordings of children and teens playing adult-level guitar solos.
"When I first visited this site and heard these beautiful recordings, I never dreamed that my son would be playing one of these pieces so soon!"
--Parent of a 12-year-old guitar student
Custom Piano Editions with Teacher Study Notes
In prior years, our head teacher produced dozens of custom, professionally typeset guitar music editions designed for our students. Now, he is introducing the same type of editions for piano. Each of these meticulously crafted publications involves up to 40 hours of effort in the following areas:
Creation of detailed study notes that explain every major aspect of learning the music, which are used to guide the student in their lessons. Particularly important are solutions to technical and rhythmic problems that allow students to overcome difficulties quickly.
Analysis of numerous public domain editions to determine fingering choices that make the music easier to play. This is especially important in passages that must be played fast. Furthermore, doing this work up front means that valuable lesson time is not wasted while the teacher adds or corrects fingerings in commercial editions.
Melodic ornaments (trills, mordents, etc.), which are usually abbreviated symbols such as "tr", are "realized" or written out in full. All these realizations are confirmed by listening to recordings of the world's greatest concert piano interpreters, who are the true experts as far as ornament performance is concerned. In contrast, relying on the ornament interpretations in commercial editions often leads to musically unsatisfying results.
Below is an example of a trill realization:
These custom editions are just one of many examples of Apple Valley Piano Academy's commitment to the highest levels of excellence in piano teaching, and above all, to the piano playing success of our students.
The following testimonial is regarding a student who quit lessons with a
recording artist to study at Apple Valley Guitar Academy. At age 12,
he is now a musical performer in his community.
"We really wanted our child to learn from someone who genuinely cared about the technique and precision needed to master classical guitar. We are so happy with the progress he has made and we graciously thank you. It has been an amazing transformation and we appreciate all you have done for him."
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Science has shown that playing fine-art/classical music improves overall intelligence, stimulates artistic creativity, and boosts learning ability. This is because the music has highly elaborate rhythms, a wide range of harmonic (chord) colors, and a complex overall structure in terms of how the notes interact.
You or your child can enjoy these benefits with the guidance of our fine-art music experts. In particular, we are one of the few studios in the area that specializes in teaching classical music on the guitar.
Note that we also teach quality popular music.
ACCELERANDO PIANO METHOD,™
available exclusively at Apple Valley Guitar and Piano Academy, allows students to maximize musical enjoyment, reach their full potential as pianists, and do both as quickly as possible.
See "Features Common to Our Piano and Guitar Programs" below for more information on our piano teaching methods.
We also use the "Accelerando" approach to teach guitar.
CUSTOM GUITAR METHOD CREATED BY OUR HEAD TEACHER
Our head has written a book of acoustic guitar studies, exercises, and recital pieces, organized into five student levels, plus concert/virtuoso level. It was created because commercial learning materials for beginners and intermediates don't appeal to many of our students.
Our guitar students can participate in ensembles, such as duet playing. This is important training since most professional musicians must be able to play accurately along with others.
GUITAR PLAYING METHODS
We teach playing the guitar with a pick, which is most effective for
strumming and melody (lead) playing. We also offer lessons in the
beautiful, versatile technique known as fingerstyle,
where four fingers of the right hand pluck the strings.
This allows a guitarist to play music with independent layers or "lines",
including pieces written for piano or even an orchestra.
For example, in a typical music group, different
guitarists play melody (lead), chords (rhythm), and bass (low notes).
With fingerstyle training, our students can play all three
We teach playing the guitar with a pick, which is most effective for strumming and melody (lead) playing. We also offer lessons in the beautiful, versatile technique known as fingerstyle, where four fingers of the right hand pluck the strings. This allows a guitarist to play music with independent layers or "lines", including pieces written for piano or even an orchestra.
For example, in a typical music group, different guitarists play melody (lead), chords (rhythm), and bass (low notes). With fingerstyle training, our students can play all three together--melody/chords/bass!
Digital Flashcard Software for Rapid Mastery of Music Reading
This software was developed by our head teacher
to work with the Accelerando Piano and Guitar Methods
PIANO AND GUITAR SKILL TRAINING/TESTING
This curriculum, which is offered for technique, ear training, and music performance,
provides a clear measurement of student progress. Graduating from each of the 10 levels gives the student a sense of accomplishment and confidence. Best of all, the skills acquired improve one's piano playing and ability to learn new music quickly.
The curriculum is based on the internationally recognized standards set by the renowned
Royal Conservatory of Music and the Associated Board of Royal Music Schools.
CONTINUAL CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT
On a regular basis, our head teacher researches and creates new teaching methods, technique studies, and music for students to play. This translates into faster and higher-quality musical progress as each year of study passes, and the excitement of new and challenging modes of learning.
COMPREHENSIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE TRAINING
This training focuses on three key areas:
Technique (efficient, accurate finger movements),
Musicianship (quality of sound), and
Interpretation (varying the sound and time of notes according to personal taste).
Our approach is particularly effective because we teach professional-level principles and skills in these areas, starting with the very first lesson. This includes young children as well. By our refusing to settle for anything less than a professional sound in the context of music matching the student's finger ability, they achieve their full potential as musicians at every step of their training.
DEVELOPING THE STUDENT'S MUSICAL PERSONALITY
Rather than teach students to copy the teacher's playing style, we have specialized techniques that allow them to develop their own musical personality. This self-discovery process takes mental effort and experimentation with sound variations, guided by an expert teacher. Eventually, however, the student is rewarded with a strong sense of confidence as a musician, and the ability to be creative without the teacher's assistance. Thus, even our younger students become true musical artists.
Development of creativity is further enhanced by teaching students the music theory behind each piece they study. As a result, they can enhance their weekly lesson music. This involve rewriting a part of a melody line, adding "ornaments" and other special effects, expanding the accompaniment to the melody, or composing an intro or ending.
DEVELOPING THE STUDENT'S MUSICAL CREATIVITY
After the early beginner phase, our students are taught how to improvise by adding to or changing the music they are working on.
Chord-melody arranging allows students to experience the joy of musical creativity without the difficult work of composing melodies. Specifically, they learn how to combine chords with their favorite melodies to create beautiful arrangements that are uniquely their own. As a result, they can develop a large repertoire of songs in any style. Arranging also represents highly effective training in the memorization of chords, and the art of organizing chord notes for the most attractive and effective sound (chord voicing).
As students reach a high level of technical skill and musical understanding, they are also taught the art of composing original pieces. Those interested in classical music learn the art of translating works of the great master composers for performance on the guitar, which is called transcribing.
Theory explains the building blocks of music and how they are used to create musical compositions. Theory knowledge allows students to write their own music, improvise, and create accompaniments to singing. In addition, they will play written music much better than those who are unaware of musical structure.
Ear training involves recognizing musical sounds by name, notating them on staff paper, and playing them accurately through hearing alone. It also sharpens musical perception and makes the student more sensitive to pitch and duration patterns in music. As a result, their playing improves significantly. Ear training is also excellent preparation for arranging, composing, and improvising, which is discussed below.
In line with the expectations of most piano students and their parents, the main focus of the piano program is on classical music. For piano, the popular music category mentioned earlier includes mainstream "pop", jazz, movie themes, Christian, etc.
In the guitar program, students choose to specialize in classical or pop music, but are introduced to both during their training with us.
Apple Valley Guitar & Piano Academy Recital Students, June 2009
Retail stores today offer a wide variety of guitars with significant differences in beauty of tone, structural quality, longevity, warranties, and suitability for beginners/children. Our master teacher, who has 40 years of experience with the major acoustic guitar makes/models, has written a Guitar Buying Guide to help you in your purchase.
The issues above regarding a guitar purchase are compounded by the much higher cost of the piano. Therefore, the professional assistance we offer in buying a piano is a must. To learn more, click here: Let Us Help You with Your Piano Purchase.
A thorough understanding of how a piano works contributes to better playing, and proper maintenance that keeps it sounding it's best year-round. To this end, our head teacher has written an article on this topic. Click here to read the article.
This is another article by our head teacher, which offers into the three piano pedals: damper, una corda, and sostenuto. Click here to read the article.
Call: 952-322-4329 or 612-710-0800
E-mail: info @ AVGuitarAcademy . com
Mail: Apple Valley Guitar Academy
PO Box 241204
Apple Valley, Minnesota, 55124, USA
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TYPES OF GUITARS USED FOR LESSONS
We offer lessons on acoustic (steel string) and classical (nylon string) guitars.
Steel-string training includes playing with a pick or fingerstyle (with the right-hand fingers).
Classical guitar, often called "Spanish guitar", is taught fingerstyle.
We are located in Apple Valley, MN,
and serve the following South of the River communities:
Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cannon Falls, Coates, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Farmington, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, New Market, Northfield, Owatonna, Prior Lake, Rosemount, and Webster
LESSON DETAILS AND CONTACT INFO
Private Guitar Lessons: 30/45/60 minutes
Private Piano Lessons:
On-demand Workshops for Intermediate and
Advanced guitarists and pianists
LESSON DETAILS AND CONTACT INFO
Private Guitar Lessons: 30/45/60 minutes
Private Piano Lessons: 30/45/60 minutes
On-demand Workshops for Intermediate and Advanced guitarists and pianists
Toll Free: 1-866-994-Bach (1-866-994-2224)
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