I really don't think any other teacher could have given them anywhere close to the positive experiences or the rapid learning that they have had with Coralie. I absolutely highly recommend Coralie Harless to everyone as their piano teacher!
I had taken piano for 5 years before taking from Coralie. I hated to practice! I was not advancing and I was not being very challenged, so it was not fun. My mom bribed me to start taking from Coralie, but I am so glad she did. I learned more from her in a year than I had in my past five years combined.
Coralie is an accomplished and outstanding teacher. My two daughters have taken lessons from her for 4 years and they both have made amazing progress with her. Her excellent attitude and musical ability are evident in all aspects of her teaching.
Hunter took private lessons with Coralie initially and I thought that was great, but his real progress and learning came when she started the group lessons. Having to keep pace with the other students and his competition to try to be better than the rest has been very motivating for Hunter to practice.
Coralie Harless has a great gift for teaching. She teaches much more than piano...history, theory, accompanying skills, and most of all, confidence. Coralie knows how to motivate, develop, and train students to become true pianists.
When my daughter Laura began taking lessons with Coralie Harless, we were pleased with the rapid progress made in many directions. Coralie provided lots of rich and varied pieces of music for Laura to play. Coralie influenced Laura. She was not just a teacher but also a mentor and inspiration.
There just aren't enough words to express how deeply we have valued Coralie Harless as a music instructor and mentor to our daughter. Allison started and finished her piano career with Coralie and enjoyed every single minute.
I have known Coralie for 15 years and hold her in the highest regard both personally and professionally. She is an outstanding teacher and pianist-- dedicated to sharing her time and talents with the students and to helping them develop their own musical gifts.
Piano books are an additional expense. We start with these two books by James Bastien. These may be purchased at a local music store or at many online retailers like Sheet Music Plus. I like Sheet Music Plus because its local in Berkeley Ca, and materials usually arrive within 4-5 days.
Every piano teacher would love for their students to begin on a real piano. There is a lot to be said about the touch that develops, or the quality of technique that they can hear and work towards. Not every family has the luxury of a piano to begin with so keyboards are a good option for the very early years of study. There are a few things to know before purchasing them.
Registration fee is $35.00/family. Monthly Tuition is $100.00, due first week of month and includes weekly lessons, Master Classes, summer piano camp & recitals. The number of months with 5 weeks helps to balance out vacations or illnesses. $10.00 late fee if tuition is not paid by 30th.
Master Classes are groups of 8-12 students who prepare pieces to present outside the formal piano recital. We study composers, theory, techniques & skills through games & presentations.
This is the most effective way I've found to teach students how to apply what they learn on the piano to the big world of music. It expands their horizons when we play in ensembles, are exposed to other instruments, develop chords for daily use and engage in music history. Our school year curriculum just doesn't allow for the depth that summer lessons provide. Students who learn with this kind of depth love music more.