Mission Statement of the Preparatory Program
The goal of the Preparatory Program of the University of Miami is to develop your child’s individual interests and abilities in music from music appreciation to preparation for music conservatories.
Why Study Piano?
For years, arts advocates have argued that music education develops the concentration, coordination, and self-confidence necessary for children to excel in other facets of their lives. Recent studies support this claim. A 1989 study conducted using 282 second graders in Greenwood, Mississippi concluded that by the end of two semesters of piano study, children in the piano class scored an average of seven percentage points higher on Standard Achievement Tests as compared to those who did not study piano. The piano group demonstrated a greater ability to concentrate and showed marked improvement in coordination and self-confidence. This is only one proven example of what piano study can do for your child.
Can Children Learn Piano in Groups?
Group learning has long been recognized as one of the most efficient ways to teach children academic subject matter. A group environment has the added benefits of using positive peer pressure as an incentive to learn and the interaction between students that encourages and promotes understanding. These benefits are multiplied when studying piano. The opportunity to make music together with friends and classmates who share common goals and skills adds additional incentives for progress and success. In group lessons, the children participate in activities that are fun, thus instilling positive lifetime attitudes toward music and learning.