VAIL, Colorado - Affordable piano lessons will once again hit a high note in Colorado's Vail Valley.
The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will once again offer semi-private piano lessons as an affordable, after-school activity. What started off as a pilot piano course for a handful of students has now expanded into its second session with more students, more instruction and more schools involved.
The piano lessons started last November as a six-week course and the second session begins Tuesday.
"Due to the overwhelming popularity of the fall program, we decided to keep the momentum running and offer a spring session," says Liz Campbell, Bravo's director of education. "We garnered so much interest from both parents and students that we said why stop now, let's teach those children more."
Lessons are offered at Red Sandstone Elementary on Tuesdays and Edwards Elementary on Wednesdays .The program will expand to Meadow Mountain Elementary as part of the Youth Foundation's after-school program, on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 24 for three weeks. The program will continue after spring break with another seven-week session at all three schools.
Campbell says the learning curve in the fall's piano course was remarkable. After six weeks students were able to read music, play simple holiday melodies and perform in a group using simple notation. Students showed enough enthusiasm to expand the program, which will now runs a week longer and is offered at several more schools.
Beginner piano students who are committed to learning, have an interest in music and would like to develop their musical talent should apply, says Campbell. Students are required to attend each lesson in order to maintain consistency within the group.
The cost for the seven-week session at Red Sandstone and Edwards Elementary is $14 and the three-week session at Meadow Mountain is $6 which helps cover classroom materials. The low cost is made possible thanks to the support of Vail Resorts and the Bravo! Volunteer Guild.
Each program will be taught by a dedicated piano instructor under the direction of Lynne Chapin, a long-time valley pianist and instructor.
During the program, students will be taught listening skills, finger coordination, the topography of the keyboard and the musical staff. At the end of the program students will be able to display proper sitting posture, hand and wrist positioning, understand beat and rhythm, play simple melodies, and perform in a group using simple notation.
To apply for the program contact Bravo 970-827-4302 or download an application from www.vailmusicfestival.org. The deadline to register is Tuesday.
For more information, contact Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival at 970-827-4302 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.