The Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago offers quality piano instruction for children and adults from the surrounding communities. Students at any level, from beginning through advanced, are eligible for lessons with our specially trained faculty under the direction of nationally known pedagogue, Craig Sale.
Our goal is to provide a warm and supportive environment in which children can explore the world of music, develop positive attitudes about themselves and the arts, and grow in their ability to understand their feelings and express them. In addition to developing new physical skills and affording the sheer pleasure of learning to play the piano, music study can contribute greatly to a child’s intellectual and emotional growth.
Our innovative approach combines the best of traditional methods with the latest thinking and techniques in music education. It is a creative approach that helps all students realize their greatest potential and musical growth. Our faculty members are specially trained in teaching students of all ages and levels and appear regularly in their own professional performances.
Piano Study for Children
All children enrolled in lessons get the unique experience of combining private with group instruction. The private lesson emphasizes individualized instruction in repertoire, technique and musicianship. A monthly group lesson promotes performance as well as additional training in theory, music history and practice skills. This social environment is an indispensable way to have fun and learn at the same time. (There are no private lessons during group weeks.)
To read more about our approach to successful instruction with beginning students, click here.
Piano Study for Adults
Adult students of all ages and levels are able to enroll for traditional weekly private lessons.
"Making Music Together" classes for Older Adults
Designed for the older adult with little or no piano experience, these recreational music-making classes promote musical learning and enjoyment in a fun, stress-free social environment. Each 8-week session includes playing the piano, singing, musical movement, drumming and listening activities.
Concordia Music Achievement Examinations
All children who study piano in the program for at least one year participate in the Concordia Music Achievement (CMA) examinations. This yearly assessment gives students clear goals in performance, technique and theory and also provides parents and teachers with an objective evaluation of student progress.
Meet our Faculty