"A lot of adults are really uncomfortable about going back and playing after skipping a bunch of years. They want to play, they're embarrassed. Pamela made me feel comfortable right away and not like a want-a-be trying to regain their glory days at the keyboard. She is a great instructor in so many ways, and I've had enough teachers to be able to tell who's a natural and who isn't. She's a natural!" -Page, adult student
Here at Boulder Piano Lessons, our goal is to make music enjoyable as well as educational. We aim to ensure the music and teaching approach are relevant to your goals and interests, by teaching the music and styles you want to be able to play. We do this all with a positive teaching approach where you can discover your own individual talents and flourish as a musician.
Lessons for Children
We work with beginner piano students to teach the fundamentals of music reading, develop their aural skills, cultivate a healthy physical technique. We expose them to a wide variety of musical styles to help them find their passion and plant the seed for future music appreciation. Piano lessons are well-suited to children who have had at least one year of formal preschool or kindergarden. This way they have reached a basic developmental level of coordination and have built a knowledge of their letters and numbers.
We utilize the materials of Caroline and Bernard Shaak, the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures and supplementary Faber & Faber collections, Keith Snell Essential Piano Repertoire, lead sheet publications, among others, in addition to self-created materials.
Lessons for Teens & Young Adults
Lessons for Adults
Adults who are new to playing the piano will enjoy a relaxed approach and individualize curriculum of materials that aligns with their unique goals and interests. We enjoy coming alongside adults who may be returning to the piano and see music as a creative outlet for self-expression and artistic fulfillment as well as recognize the benefits of playing music as centering and mind-quieting experience.
We employ a well-rounded collection of materials that develop both basic note-reading skills and physical technique while introducing early on and in an accessible format the popular, jazz, or classical music you came to lessons for in the first place.
Lessons in Jazz & Improvisation
Middle and High School aged students benefit from a lesson approach that is tailored to their strengths. Many students at this age become involved in musical groups at school and will need functional skills to perform well in these contexts. Most young adults will have a good idea of what style they gravitate towards and the music they are most passionate about. We work with our young adult students to further challenge their expectations and encourage a high level of musicianship while also satisfying their individual passions.
Teenage students seriously considering a career in music will work with our teachers to tackle the most demanding repertoire, developing a creative approach to practicing and solving technically challenging material. We always simultaneously strive to encourage their cultivation of artistry in performance and interpretation of an array of musical styles from every historic period.
We offer groups classes once-a-month as a compliment to our individual lessons. Group classes provide students with the opportunity to develop performance skills that will enable them to play in front of people with confidence and ease. These classes also engage students in other musically enriching activities and provide a social outlet with other students from the studio.
Classes are offered three times per semester, leading up the Studio Recital. Students are encouraged to attend at least two of these classes each semester.
Learning to improvise is a great way to increase musical knowledge and skills, in addition to being a lot of fun! We strive to integrate the study of improvisation into lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Whether a student is a beginner, has played piano for years but never improvised, or is a serious jazz student looking to increase your skills, we can help them increase their improvisational abilities.
Students can learn how to play keyboard in a rock band, play blues or jazz standards, and even how to improvise in classical styles!
Competitions, Festivals, & Assessments
If students are serious about their piano studies, there are many opportunities for progress and performance assessment through local and national organizations. Our teachers regularly prepare students for participation in festival and achievement programs offered through Boulder Area Music Teachers Association as well competitive events as part of the state and national affiliates, CSMTA and MTNA. The Royal Conservatory's Music Development Program out of Carnegie Hall in New York offers an excellent and rigorous program for the aspiring pianist who wants to take their skills to the next level. The Piano Guild of the American College of Musicians provides a less competitive individual assessment option at the local level. We work with students on an individual basis to determine the most appropriate and desirable performance opportunities and experiences outside regular lessons.
"Pamela makes the lessons fun because she's not super strict, but she still expects you to do a good job. If you do well, she give you fun things like stickers and treats! She also lets you choose your music, so you can picks songs you like and that you want to learn how to play." -Thian, age 10 years old