Lessons are conducted in a one-to-one setting * as we understand that this optimises individual learning. This setting allows the teacher to choose the appropriate method and tailor the lesson plan to meet the individual needs and goals of each student. For example, if the student is a slow learner, we can allow for as much time as necessary for the student to master each musical idea or concept before moving on. If the student is a fast-learner, then the pace is set for moving through concepts at a faster rate. Each lesson usually incorporates: Technical work (finger exercises, scales, chords, arpeggios) Sight reading (note reading, rhythm language, pattern reading ) Playing pieces Aural exercises (listening activities) Theory (written work) For younger students some of the above aspects are taught using visual aides (white board, flash cards), percussion instruments or music games. A fun and interactive approach is used to engage younger students and help with their limited attention span. Leisure and Contemporary Piano students also have modulation and transposition exercises incorporated into their lesson format. We are also concerned with establishing good foundations for technical development beginning with posture at the piano and hand/finger positioning from the very first lessons. *Lessons are conducted in a one-to-one setting with the exception of the pre-school program and recital workshops.