Piano Lessons · 2021/22
Instructor: Lisa Raposa, DMA
Formats offered: In-person or online
Duration: 60 min. in-person; 45 or 60 min. online
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, and Diploma Level
Ages accepted: 10-18 years old
Piano lessons are geared towards intermediate and advanced learners. New students must have had some previous lesson experience. They should be able to learn independently and show a willingness to improve by committing to a regular practice routine.
The Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum serves as a foundation for our program. Students will learn to play traditional piano masterworks of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and more. At the same time, they will also have opportunities to explore works by composers of our time including William Bolcom, Alexina Louie, and Stephen Chatman. Scales, chords, and arpeggios are required at all levels. Advanced students may be assigned additional quick study pieces in order to further strengthen their sight-reading and appreciation for different styles.
In addition to participating in weekly lessons, students have opportunities to perform in events hosted by the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch of ORMTA as well as local music festivals in the GTA. In our studio, many students take RCM exams while others prefer a more self-guided approach through the literature.
Most students are in middle or high school. Younger students who show exceptional promise and/or dedication may also be accepted into the program.
Our home piano studio is located in the West End of Toronto (Swansea Village). We are close to the lakeshore, off of Windermere Ave. Features include:
- Kawai grand piano
- Bright front room with ample natural lighting
- Daikin inverter AC for optimal air flow
- Free 3 hr. on-street parking
- Walking distance from the lakeshore, High Park, and Bloor West Village
The piano is serviced regularly by Radek Baran, piano rebuilder and technician. Website: RMB Pianos www.rmbpianos.com
In-person with Lisa
Duration: 60 min.
- Wednesdays, until 6:00 pm
- Thursdays, until 6:00 pm
- Fridays, until 6:00 pm
- Saturdays, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Online with Lisa
Duration: 45 or 60 min.
- Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
- Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
- Fridays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Playing the piano with others can be introduced at every level of development. The most common way to begin is by playing duets with one's teacher. After that, siblings, friends, and peers can be good parters at the piano.
Once a student has gained some experience, he/she may be ready to play with another instrument. As reopening continues, we aim to develop ensemble opportunities for students in connection with the studios of Amanda Lee, violin and Tova Rosenberg, cello.