All ages including adults and seniors are welcome to take piano lessons and all levels and styles of music are taught. Ford offers a traditional approach as he works to develop a solid technique and a fluid ability play classical, jazz, and modern styles. In addition, it is not just a piano lesson it's a complete, in-depth and fun music program. The lessons include music theory and history, ear training and sight reading which are tailored each student's skill and needs.
RCM Certified Teacher
Ford is a RCM Certified Teacher and qualifies under the category of an Advanced Piano Specialist. In addition to this, he is also a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association
Ford's teaching studio is located in Toronto about a 5 minute walk from the College Park Subway Station.
FAQ About Piano Lessons
No! In general, adults learn faster than children. The most important factor that determines the speed of learning is the amount of practice. Children often have more time available and are more consistent then adults. In addition, as eager learners, children often absorb new information quickly. On the other hand, adults have a greater ability to understand the complexity involved in playing the piano. Adults progress quickly with focus and daily practice.
Yes, performance is an integral part of learning to play the piano. Opportunities to gain performance experience include visits to Long-Term Care Facilities, Student Recitals, Adult Performance Classes, Music Festivals, and RCM Exams.
To start, encourage your child to practice at least fifteen minutes every day. The frequency of practice is crucial and quality is more important than quantity. When a student doesn’t practice, the lesson becomes a supervised practice session. While this is useful, the student does not benefit from the full potential of the lesson and progress slows down
Absolutely. If you need an instrument, consider renting with the option to buy from a local music store. Long & McQuade Musical Instruments is a good place to start. For information about buying a digital piano visit the blog posting The Digital Piano (Game Changer).
The average age when a child has developed the necessary attention span for a 30 minute piano lesson is six. However, if your child shows the maturity and interest, starting at five may work.
Tuition for Piano Lessons
Ford conducts weekly piano lessons. The lessons range in length from thirty to sixty minutes. The length depends on age, level, and the amount of time for practice. The tuition for lessons is $60 per hour. The fee for a 30-minute lessons is $30. Students are required to pay four lessons in advance. The cost of four 30-minute lessons is $120. Lessons policies followed are those recommended by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association.
BENEFITS OF MUSIC EDUCATION
"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
- Music conveys our cultural heritage. It is as important to know about Beethoven and Louis Armstrong as it is to know about Newton and Einstein
- As an inherent intelligence in all people, musicianship deserves to be developed
- Creative and self-expressive, it enables the expression of our noblest thoughts and feelings
- Students learn about their relationships with others, in both their own and foreign culture
- Music enhances Scholastic Performance
- Students experience avenues of success they may not experience elsewhere in their educational curriculum
- Students learn that not all life is quantifiable
- Music exalts the human spirit
Ford Barker has pursued two different career paths. His first career was in Life Sciences. Ford completed his BSc in Life Sciences at Queen's University in Kingston. Following this, he worked at the University of Toronto on various research projects. While doing well in this field he felt a need for change. He decided to follow his life-long passion for music.
Benefits of Study with a Registered Music Teacher
- Assurance of qualified knowledgeable instruction
- Opportunities for performance at Music Festivals, Examinations, Public Recitals, Studio Recitals and Master Classes, and Canada Music Week Celebrations
- National and Provincial Student Competitions
- Opportunities for students to receive scholarships in both practical and theoretical subjects
- Opportunities for advanced students to develop applied pedagogical knowledge and experience needed to obtain a Teachers Associate Diploma