Music education should be an important part of your homeschooling plans, and in many families, that includes learning to play an instrument. Not every parent is equipped to do the hands-on work of teaching children to play an instrument, so many families choose to provide a skilled music teacher who can give their kids this training. The Peoria Park District offers piano lessons for children that may be just the addition that your music curriculum needs.
Piano classes through the park district are offered for children ages five through 13. Two levels of instruction are available. Beginner classes are for students without previous piano experience. Kids will work on skills like finger coordination, note reading and ear training. Beginner classes for children ages five to seven will be held from 4-4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays; the session begins Jan. 22 and ends March 26. Children ages eight to 13 will have class from 4-4:50 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 23 to March 27.
Intermediate classes are for kids who have already taken the beginner class or have taken piano lessons elsewhere. To enroll in this class, kids must be able to read the notes on both the treble and bass clef staffs. Intermediate students are not divided by ages, and there are two time slots from which to choose. Classes will be held from 5-5:50 on Tuesdays from Jan. 22 to March 26 and from 3-3:50 on Wednesdays from Jan. 23 to March 27.
Students will demonstrate their skills in a Performance Day at the end of the session. Beginner classes will perform on Tuesday, March 26, and intermediate classes will perform on Wednesday, March 27. Students are encouraged to invite family and friends to the Performance Day.
The class fee is $122 for Peoria residents. Non-residents pay a fee of $140. Pre-registration is required. Sign-up can be completed online through the Peoria Park District's registration website.
Piano classes are held at Don's Music Land, which is located at 1717 North University Street, Peoria, Ill. Call the Peoria Park District at 309-682-1200 for information on the piano classes. Parents should request a supply list before the start of class.
Music education is an important part of a well-rounded homeschool. Learning to play an instrument is an excellent way to develop an understanding of and appreciation for music, and the Peoria Park District's piano classes can start your children on the road to piano proficiency.