Private Piano Lessons
for all ages
Private lessons are 30 minutes per week in my studio at Leithold Music in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Students learn initially through traditional lesson books as we explore note reading, performance technique and history.
I teach all genres and allow students to explore literature according to their musical preference.
Lessons for Adults
Adults come to me after years away from the piano, regretting the fact that they stopped lessons as kids. It's never too late to return to piano lessons. For that matter, it's never too late to start!
Whether just beginning a musical journey or returning to music after a long absence, adults of all ages reap countless intellectual, physical and emotional benefits from piano.
Here are common misconceptions I've had to debunk for adults returning to piano or just starting out as beginners:
This is Don, making his recital debut at age 83.
I'm too old to learn piano!
Not true! I have found that adult students learn faster than children. Plus, piano lessons and other cognitive activities help ward off conditions like Alzheimer's! Piano keeps our brains young!
I have arthritis!
Piano is perfect for you then. Playing piano keeps your fingers active helps your joints stay healthy.
I'm too busy!
If you make the time to practice -- even a few minutes a day -- you will find that the piano is a fantastic for dealing with the stress of everyday life.
I'm not talented enough!
Talent is just a part of musical ability. Even talented people spend years perfecting their craft. There is no shortcut. Just use the gifts you have and dive right in! I dare you!
Lessons for Kids
Piano lessons are available for kids ages 5 and up (though I have started several exceptional 4 year olds!) Piano lessons help us in countless ways when we're young, academically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.
Did I mention that music is fun? Kids like fun things!
Here are some of the benefits piano lessons give young people:
Piano students learn to listen and think critically about their performances.
Students learn organizational skills from exercises as diverse as analyzing music and planning a practice schedule.
Piano helps refine large-motor and fine-motor skills.
Finishing a book or a difficult performance piece teaches students how to achieve goals.
Performing at a recital or competition helps build confidence and poise.
Learning to read music is like learning a mathematical language.