The Heartland Music Academy, LLC, is a private piano studio in the United States of America, providing instruction in an online format. We currently serve over 40 families for private lessons during the year. We run on a standard two school semester schedule. We also provide a summer session for trial lessons or as a more relaxed way for current students to keep their skills fresh.
I'm Kyle McGowan, owner and instructor at the Heartland Music Academy. I have been teaching piano since 1984. I have received certificates in Beginner and Intermediate Pedagogy along with a Professional Development Teaching Online Course Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and certification through MTNA is pending.
My teaching philosophy is simple: My primary goal is to foster an environment where students grow to enjoy music and learn to be proficient pianists for their lifelong enjoyment of music.
To enable this, I believe several things must be in place: a good solid basis for understanding music, which includes music theory; lessons in piano technique including, but not limited to, movement & mechanics exercises, and hand-strengthening exercises; exercises in ear-training to be able to identify tones, chords, chord structure and rhythm patterns; learning how to sight read proficiently; and most importantly, an environment that fosters the student's self-esteem and a system that rewards progress and promotes success.
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