We have been a part of the piano group lessons for the past two years and have greatly enjoyed it. Mrs. Wakefield does a wonderful job working with the children, making music fun and easy to understand. It is evident that she has a desire to teach music and is passionate about sharing her love of music with her students. As parents, we have also learned a lot as we have helped our children.
My boys took piano from Wakefield Music for 4+ years, and we are so thankful for the Music that has entered our home! We started with the Music in Me and are now in Keyboard Prep. We enjoyed the Music in Me program, with its catchy tunes. I was impressed how quickly the boys learned to read music through this program! The group setting also helped the children stay engaged because their friends are participating. As the boys progressed onto piano, it was nice that the Music in Me songs returned — now we got to learn to play them on piano!
The biggest lesson we’ve learned is how to stay calm when trying new things. Thanks to Mrs. Wakefield‘s patient encouragement, the boys learned to not give up, even as the tasks get more difficult. The lessons about how to stay calm when learning something new has helped my boys immensely outside the music room.
When covid hit and our family moved away from Mountain Home, Mrs. Wakefield graciously offered online classes to keep the boys on the same program and continue their development.
We are SO thankful that we stopped into her Academy when we first arrived in Mountain Home and enrolled in her classes! It has really improved our lives.
At first, I was skeptical of group piano lessons. However, I quickly learned of its many benefits as I sat in during the lessons. My kids learned a lot quicker in a group. I don’t know if they were silently competing against their classmates or maybe they didn’t want to be left behind but they kept up with it. They have made leaps and bounds learning piano in the last 2 years. I have even learned a ton through helping them and sitting in the class. My extremely timid child has come out of her shell a lot more and is showing more confidence in herself. I am so grateful for this program. We have really enjoyed it. Alissa Wakefield makes learning piano fun for the kids AND their parents!
Jo Robbins (Piper’s Mom)
Piper wanted to compose some music today!
I helped a little but she did it.
I could not compose on paper at 5!!!
Love it! Thanks for sharing!
This one is her writing
I know, she just came in and said “look! Fine!
Go back to the fine!”
Love this program!!!
How cute! Make sure you save it.
Kimberly Morrison uploaded a new video (on Facebook).
“This is one of Adam’s solos from the recital. The Harmony Road piano method teaches skills to their students that I wish I would have learned when I took lessons. For this number, Adam’s piano book gives him the melody line. He first learns to play the melody and then sing the notes in solfege. Then he has to decide which chords sound good with the melody line. He writes it into his music using lead line and chooses a rhythm style for the accompaniment. After he can play the accompaniment he has composed, he practices singing the melody line with it. Singing and playing at the same time is difficult enough, but singing something with an entirely different rhythm and notes is amazing to me. I highly recommend the Harmony Road program and if you’re lucky enough to live in the area, Alissa Wakefield is a wonderful teacher.”
“We currently have all six of our children involved with the Mountain Home Music School. The kids range in ages 7 to 19. All six take piano lessons, two take violin, one cello, and one just starting the viola. The teaching staff at the school are well prepared to teach and our kids enjoy the atmosphere at the school for learning and the opportunity to share what they have learned at the various concerts and recitals throughout the year.”
Daniel and Carolyn Medina
“My two children have attended Mountain Home Music School for over three years now. The group setting at the music school has taught my children to be more confident and secure during their musical education. Working in a group has taught them how to play in an ensemble, to work together at different speeds, and to help others in the group to accomplish the common goal. They have conquered a fear by 11 and 7 that many adults still have not, by learning to perform and speak in front of an audience. Neither of my children were confident with their vocal skills before attending the music school, but they have learned so much more than piano with their instructor that they now feel that standing up and singing in front of a group is as normal as night and day. In just a few years my children are both very well versed with music, my oldest now playing clarinet as well, and they both have joined a choir. They are still excited to go there every week, see their classmates, and give their best. There is nothing quite like listening to your children play piano while cooking dinner, and there is really nothing quite like listening to my oldest help my youngest when he gets stuck somewhere; a future piano instructor in the making. Mountain Home Music School has changed our lives and we are so thankful for the people there.”