1 Maybury Gardens, Willesden Green, London, NW10 2NB

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Our philosophy and beliefs

A Piano Lovers Community at heart

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Our main goal at MMQ Piano Studio is to create a community of piano lovers, for students, parents and teachers, while delivering a high quality, holistic approach to piano learning.
Students have the opportunity to make friends through group lessons, workshops, concerts and other activities designed to socialize while making music. Adult Students have a place for them to feel at home, where, apart from their (most frequently) individual lessons, they can meet regularly in meet ups, adult concerts, outside activities and masterclasses.
Parents have all the help required to be 100% involved in their kids journey if they wish. We offer as well an environment where parents can be in touch, chat and meet other families in the same situation.
Teachers have the chance to work in a team with like minded people, so we can all learn from each other and feel the School as a common project were everyone can offer their input, with a common goal: giving high quality piano education and continue learning and expanding their teaching knowledge.
A place to be curious and grow as teachers.

Piano lessons should be enjoyable

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We believe on making music the heart of the lesson, engaging imagination and creativity, as well as creating a positive atmosphere.

Learning piano should be a meaningful musical experience

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Mastering the piano involves more than just playing notes with accurate timing. Music is a language and we use the piano to tell stories and express feelings through it. We are very committed to leading students to play musically, expressively and with a beautiful sound from the very early stages of their learning. Our main goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding that allows students to enjoy playing musically. We believe that engaging students in the artistic aspect of making music will help them not only grow in their knowledge, but also as a person.

Early childhood learning develops music potential

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Music is a language and should be learnt as such. When learning a language, first we learn the sounds through listening, then we start babbling in an attempt to speak and slowly we adquire the vocabulary that we’ll use freely. After that, we learn how to read and write, and grammar comes only afterwards. Our music curriculum follows the same principle from early childhood, based on Edward Gordon’s researches and his “Music Learning Theory”.

Student goals are core

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We are firm believers that exams shouldn’t be the goal of learning music, but just another way to asses the level. Because of that we won’t limit our teaching to the requirements of an exam syllabus. We believe that doing so can be to the detriment of the development of a wide range of skills, which include playing by ear, improvisation, composition etc.
We will not ‘fast track’ a pupil through exams by compromising the development of secure musical foundations. However, we are happy to take pupils through the exams route as part of their own musical development. We teach all grades from Grade 1 to Diploma level and keep a 100% rate of passing (being the majority Merits and Distinctions).

Every pupil is unique, and so should be the lessons

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Lessons are designed to satisfy the student’s needs and goals. We will work in the student’s weaknesses and will reinforce their strengths. Although the knowledge to achieve in each level is framed within a structured and progressive curriculum tailored by us, the learning approach will vary depending on the student’s interests.

Sound before symbol as a principle

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Music is an aural art, and the starting point to learn it should not be just decoding a symbol. A symbol in a paper is simply not music, it’s just a symbol. That’s why we make special emphasis in aural understanding previous to start learning a piece. Singing, feeling the pulse and the time signature and listening the different sections. Working with rhythmic and melodic elements in different ways, guessing games, improvising or composing, help building connections before the student gets to see the symbols.

Music learning should be interdisciplinary

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Our lessons connect all areas of musical learning such as technique, aural, theory, reading skills, improvisation, composition and musical styles. These connections are carefully made for the student to understand musical elements from all different angles possible.

A teaching style that develops student's independence and reflection

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We believe honest criticism in a supporting and positive environment will develop a reflective learning style. Guiding the students with the right questions about their own playing, teaching them how to listen to themselves, being able to evaluate their own weaknesses and strengths. With this self reflecting process we promote active thinking so they can find solutions to their own playing problems.
The majority of the learning is done during own practice hours. For this reason our lessons will emphasize specially in planning the practice sessions, knowing what to practice, when to practice and how to practice. In our lessons students learn how to use the necessary strategies to have the most productive use of their practice time.

Public performances develop student's presentation skills

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Learning how to deal with our own nerves while in front of an audience is a skill that can only be learned by being often in front of the audience and learning about ourselves in that situation. Performing gives students a nice resource about how  to handle future public exposures and how to handle nerves in stressful situations such as speeches in school or at work.
We believe our students should have the opportunity to experiment this often. They should also have the chance to share their hard work and love for music with others. That’s why we organize three different concerts throughout the academic year, one per term. Students are advised to participate although is not mandatory.

Continuos teachers’ professional development is key

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We believe is our responsibility to help our teachers continue growing in their musician and teaching careers. They attend regularly to piano teaching workshops and conferences, and stay informed about current piano pedagogy trends and perspectives by reading blogs and doing online Piano Teaching Courses. Our teachers have regular mentoring and teaching assestments with the Head Teacher so their teaching style keeps fresh by gaining resources continusly.
Being active members of “The curios piano teachers” and “The Vibrant Music Teachers community” helps us in our growth journey.

Family involvement is key for better results

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The younger the student, the most help he/she needs between lessons. Although each family’s availability is different, we offer you the support needed to be involved as much as you can in your child’s musical journey. This will ensure the best possible results for your kid.
Through Parents Practice Workshops we will teach you how to help your child at home, showing you how to best use the time between lessons for quickest improvement. We also encourage parents to attend their child’s lessons and to take lessons themselves to help practice by fully understanding the process.

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