The duration of a lesson can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
The 30-minute lessons are more for the beginners especially the young children. After about 2 years, the duration can be extended to 45 minutes, and later on to 60 minutes when the students become more advanced.
However, if the students want to be more aggressive, they are always free to choose a longer or more frequent lesson.
To develop a student to be well-rounded in musicianship, Patty's lessons consist of the following elements:
1. Technique drills: on-going practices of scales, arpeggios, cadences, Hanon exercises, Czerny exercises or other technical exercises by the contemporary composers.
2. Repertoires: exposure to the keyboard music by major classical composers of periods from Baroque, Classical to Romantic and Contemporary. Other genres such as blues, jazz, pop will be explored too.
3. Sight reading: uses of flashcards, up-to-date sight reading books, duet playings and games to strengthen the student's effectiveness on music score reading.
4. Ear training: exercises to identify intervals, time signature, chords, rhythm and subsequently play-back. Music listening and appreciation sessions will be included.
5. Music theory/music: a systematic approach to introduce theory topics such as music notations, intervals, keys, rhythm, time signature, chords, transpositions, cadences. Backgrounds on songs will be discussed with the student to have a better understanding of the musical works.
All students are encouraged to commit to a weekly fixed-time lesson with minimal interruptions. However, due to other priorities such as work, travel and family, for the adult student who feels such weekly commitment is impossible, a la carte lessons will be an option.
A la carte lesson means you book each lesson by appointment and you pay at the end of each lesson. However, you may not have the priority to book a fixed time within the peak hours*.
* Peak hours 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday