Tickle the Ivories Piano Studio offers individual piano lessons to students ages 5 to 85+ years, beginning to early advanced levels. Classical music and popular styles are taught. The emphasis is on music as a joyful, creative, expressive activity.
Tickle the Ivories provides one-on-one instruction and demonstration of relaxed playing techniques and posture. Programmed series are used for systematic coverage of musical concepts, with supplementary music chosen on the basis of a student's interests. Five-finger positions, intervals, scales, chords, arpeggios, sightreading, transposition, music-writing and theory are taught in a step-by-step manner.
Students develop basic skills in ensemble playing through duets, sing-along, and rhythm practice; ensemble rehearsals are scheduled, when appropriate, for student duets, trios, and quartets (2P 8H). Six to ten performance opportunities are offered each year (3 or more for studio only; additional through the Music Teachers Association).
External evaluations are available through students' participation in the Certificate of Merit program, classes with master teachers, and performance competitions.