Piano Lessons in Riverton - Teaching Children Music

Piano Lessons in Riverton

A Fresh Approach to Piano Lessons

Now is a great time to give your child a head start in music.  I have developed a unique, color-coded music curriculum based on my teaching philiophy, which includes: ​

  • Whole-to-parts approach instead of a parts-to-whole approach.  This means that instead of learning all of the fine details of music before learning a piece, we will be focusing on the whole picture first.  After children grasp the big picture, we will focus on the details as they can then be taught within proper context.
  • Solfege.  Solfege is the singing technique Maria teaches the Von Trap children in the "Sound of Music".  Do, Re, Mi, Fa, and So forth.
  • Color-coded music.  This is especially useful for the youngest learners as well as special needs students because they respond well to bright and happy colors.  One does not have to know how to read music in order to match up colors on the piano, which helps students experience early success.

Who is this for?

While I do have experience teaching piano and violin students at various levels and have worked with all ages, I have found that I especially love working with very young children.  I love the joy and enthusiasm preschoolers have for learning, for life!  They love to wiggle and move, and they love bright colors, which makes my materials and approach especially effective.

I will be happy to work with children or adults of any age 2+.  I am available during the school day as well as evenings, so preschoolers and homeschoolers are the easiest to fit into my schedule, but we can work with older children with commitments during the day.

While the pictures featured on this page are geared towards preschoolers, I have a lot of experience with older, more advanced children/teenagers/adults, and would be happy to offer straight-up "regular" piano lessons.  I prefer to use the John Thompson method books, supplementing with music that is especially appealing to the student, as well as covering music theory with flashcards, music analysis, games and composition exercises.

I do not have any experience working with special needs students, but I do know that they work well with bright colors and hands-on activities and I would love the opportunity to branch out and work with your child.

What will we do?

Lesson time will be tailored towards the student's musical goals and skill level.  For a preschool student with no previous musical background, a typical lesson would look something like this:

  • Piano/keyboard instruction, 10-15 minutes
  • Ear training, including solfege, 5-10 minutes
  • Rhythmic play, 5-10 minutes
  • Music theory games and activities, 5-10 minutes
  • For children too young for piano (most 2-year-olds and some 3-year-olds, depending on finger dexterity), or for homes without a keyboard/piano, we will work primarily on singing games and finger plays.  Singing will be a part of regular music lessons as well.  For these children, we may decide to do shorter lessons to better match their attention span.

I believe that children learn best when they are having fun, and to the greatest extent possible, lesson time will follow the interests of the child.  I strive to make lessons fun and engaging, with a variety of new things to see and do at each new lesson.  I have a big toolbox of activities to draw from.  If it works, we bring it out again, if not, we don't.  Each child is different. 

How far and fast we progress will depend on how well I can engage the child's interest as well as practice and involvement from the parent during the week.  Each week your child will be given music to practice and other activities to reinforce what has been taught during the lesson.  While practice is highly encouraged (you'll get more for your money and time if you do!), I also understand that most preschoolers have not learned to work at learning as older children and I am primarily concerned with giving them a positive introduction to music.  With a younger audience comes more lenient practice requirements.  Again, daily music time is highly encouraged, ranging from 10-30 minutes a day.  A tiny piece of daily practice will do more for your child's learning than big chunks once a week.  Many children look forward to music time and parents also see it as a positive opportunity to learn with their child.  Certainly for older children and adults, my expectations for daily practice will be much higher.

All students will receive complimentary access to my music website membership portal, where you can download and print all of the materials used during lesson time​.

   Sample Song Introduction

You can see a variety of colorful fun games that I have developed. There are a lot of games and activities to teach complex music concepts in a fun and engaging way including solfege singing, note reading, rhythm play, piano, percussion, ocarina, lap harp, ukulele, and music history.

Private Music Lessons

  • ​All Materials included- no other purchase necessary.
  • Membership to our website included!
  • ​"Month" begins when we have our first lesson, regardless of the calendar month's date.
  • Payments due on the first of the "month".
  • December lessons and rates negotiated seperately.
  • Monthly rate applied regardless of cancelled lessons during the month.  Upon previous mutual agreement, make-up lessons can be scheduled.  I ​tend to be lenient towards family emergencies, but reserve the right to my own discretion.
​20-minute lessons

​This option is only for young children.

$

​70.00

/mo

  • ​Lessons are once a week.
  • ​Make-up Lessons Available
  • ​Full access to our membership portal
  • Flexibility during busy months.
​Individual Lessons

​Ideal for a test run to see if we're a good fit, or if you just need a little help for a special event.

$

​1

/minute

  • ​Available in 15, 30, 45 and 60 minute slots.
  • One-time, stand alone lesson.
  • ​No access to our membership portal
  • ​If you decide to do weekly lessons, lesson fee will be applied towards the monthly fee, due on the second lesson.

Call Now to set up your first lesson!

951-271-6323

(It's a California number, but I do live here in Riverton, Utah!)

You can also email me at tamsyn.spackman@gmail.com, text, or message me on Facebook.

Teaching Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Music, Vocal Performance emphasis, Utah State University, 2007
  • Orff Teaching Certificate Level 1, 2005
  • Private Piano Teacher, 18 years experience
  • Private violin teacher, 3 years experience
  • ​Cache Children's Choir student assistant, 2005-2006
  • Homeschool choir and musical director, various years
  • Author of the materials on this website
  • Independent study of the Kodaly, Suzuki, Orff, and other music education methods