The Piano Studio of Marci Pittman is offering the opportunity for home school students to enroll in piano classes for beginners or one-on-one piano lessons. In my experience, motivation for consistent progress and excellence is the greatest challenge for students today. Working in small groups, students learn not only from the teacher but also from each other. I have observed that student enjoyment and enthusiasm is enhanced, interaction and positive peer pressure provide positive motivation for accurate playing, playing in groups significantly improves rhythmic ability, and students see others working to master the same skills and feel less isolated as they play at home. Learning to play the piano is truly like learning another language! 
 
Classes are organized according to age, grade and experience by the instructor with a minimum of three to a maximum of five students in each class. Classes will be 40 to 50 minutes in length, depending upon the age of the students. Private lessons are 45-minute lessons with a 15-minute computer lab time preceding or following the lesson. Special needs students should request one-on-one piano lessons. The instructor may not be able to accommodate every student interested. Instructor is an approved CORE Butte Charter School vendor.

 
Classes are taught at the Piano Studio of Marci Pittman in NE Chico near Pleasant Valley High School and may be organized for Wednesdays or Thursdays during the traditional school day (beginning before 3:00 p.m.). Classes and lessons begin at the end of August and go into May and roughly follow the school calendar. Each student will need daily access to a piano or an appropriate keyboard to make progress.
 
A registration fee of $40 will reserve a spot in a class or a private lesson time for the school year (this fee is paid by parents, not CORE) and a $60 Materials’ Fee will cover materials for the school year (this fee IS paid by CORE in the first month of lessons). Class tuition is $75 per student each month or $110 per student for one-on-one lessons each month.
 
Marci Pittman has a BA in Music, is a member of the Music Teachers’ National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, serves as the Vice President of the Butte County Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and has been teaching piano lessons and classes for 25 years. I am the director of the annual Monster Piano Concert here in Chico. I have taught classes and piano lessons for Rosedale Elementary School, summer CARD classes & camps, Hearthstone School and CORE Butte Charter School. I also homeschooled my own children for many years.


You may contact Marci Pittman by email through the website or by phone (345-6361) to get on the class list or ask any questions. Classes will be organized at the end of August and begin in September. 
 
 
ARTICLES OF INTEREST REGARDING MUSIC LESSONS:
 
Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You:
http://mic.com/articles/108022/science-just-discovered-something-amazing-about-what-childhood-piano-lessons-did-to-you

Is Music the Key to Success? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

10 reasons why making music is good for your brain:
http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/10-reasons-why-making-music-is-good-for-your-brain#ixzz3gYK9LKx8

Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/01/07/music-lessons-spur-emotional-and-behavioral-growth-in-children-new-study-says/?postshare=541427733149342