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Time for Me: Beginning Piano for Adults

Time for Me: Beginning Piano for Adults is the only program that provides group piano instruction for adult beginners in the Ann Arbor community. Weekly classes are held in the Moore Building on North Campus and are team-taught by a School of Music, Theatre & Dance Graduate Student Instructor and the program supervisor Dr. Paola Savvidou, SMTD Wellness Initiative Program Manager and Adjunct Lecturer in Piano. Tuition is $150 for 10 weekly 60-minute long classes.

The course is designed for beginning piano students who either have never taken piano lessons, or have taken lessons many years ago. If you are unsure of your level, please consult with Dr. Paola Savvidou (savvidou@umich.edu) to determine whether this class is appropriate for you.

The Winter 2019 sections are currently fully enrolled. To join the waitlist, please contact Paola Savvidou. We will contact waitlisted students when there are openings in a future term.

Integrating a holistic study of the keyboard — sight-reading, theory basics, improvisation, and repertoire — this non-credit course offers a social, engaging, and low-stress introduction to how to play the piano. Each class has a capacity of 12 students — maximizing the opportunity for group learning. Classes will incorporate gentle stretching as a way to learn about posture and piano technique. No prior study of the instrument is required.

Section 1 (early fall)

  • 10 sessions, 60 minutes each
  • Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • September 20 – November 29
  • No session November 22 due to Thanksgiving
  • 361 Earl V. Moore Building

Section 2 (late fall)

  • 10 sessions, 60 minutes each
  • Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • October 1 – December 13
  • No session November 22 due to Thanksgiving
  • 361 Earl V. Moore Building

Section 3 (late fall)

  • 10 sessions, 60 minutes each
  • Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • October 1 – December 13
  • No session November 22 due to Thanksgiving
  • 61 Earl V. Moore Building

Beginning class, Section 1

  • 10 sessions, 60 minutes each
  • Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • February 7 – April 18
  • No session March 7 due to spring break
  • 361 Earl V. Moore Building
  • Registration deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Tuition deadline: January 18, 2019

Beginning class, Section 2

  • 10 sessions, 60 minutes each
  • Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • February 7 – April 18
  • No session March 7 due to spring break
  • 361 Earl V. Moore Building
  • Registration deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Tuition deadline: January 18, 2019

Continuing class (only for students who took the beginning class in Fall 2018)

  • 10 sessions, 60 minutes each
  • Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • January 17 – March 28
  • No session March 7 due to spring break
  • 361 Earl V. Moore Building
  • Registration deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Tuition deadline: January 4, 2019

Tuition

  • Tuition cost:  $150
  • Books & supplies: $30
    • Method book: Adult Piano Adventures, All-in-one lesson book (Nancy & Randall Faber)
    • Headphones (any pair)
    • ¼” stereo plug adapters
  • A registration fee of $20 is due upon enrollment and it is non-refundable.
  • Tuition is due by the deadlines listed above and it is non-refundable and non-transferrable to a different person or semester.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own books and supplies. These are available from a variety of sources. The book is available locally at King’s House of Keyboards and the Faber Piano Institute as well as electronically through iBooks, Kindle and Google Play. A hard copy of the book, headphones and adapters are available online at amazon.com.
  • Registration of $20 and tuition of $150 are payable electronically through the PPLP page.

Practice

  • Students are expected to practice regularly throughout the week. Practice length is generally between 15-30 minutes per practice session.
  • A tuned acoustic piano is ideal for practice outside of class, however an 88-key weighted keyboard may be used as a substitute.
  • Weekly assignments will be emailed to the class following each class.

Classroom policies

  • Students are expected to bring materials (book, headsets, adaptor) to class with them each time.
  • Children and other dependents should not come to the class with their parents to avoid disruptions to the class.
  • Participants should understand that their behavior reflects on the entire University of Michigan community and, as such, should behave in an honest, respectful and responsible manner that is consistent with the mission of the University. Participants are expected to treat their fellow students and teachers in a respectful manner at all times, make a good faith effort to progress in their studies and refrain from prohibited conduct including destruction of property and physical violence.

Absence policy

  • When you register for the class a spot is reserved for you therefore there are no refunds or credits issued for missed classes due to absences or early terminations.
  • The instructor will not make up the time missed in a situation where a student is absent for any reason. If a student is late for a class the missed time will not be made up.
  • If the class is cancelled due to inclement weather, or a different emergency situation, the class will be made up at a time that is convenient for the instructor and the class. If the class must be cancelled you will be notified either by phone or email.

Piano labs 361 and 61 in Earl V. Moore Building (1100 Baits Drive)

To get to the building, you can either take the Blue Bus to North Campus and get off at the Pierpont Commons bus stop, OR, if you are driving, there is Blue permit and Visitor (metered) parking available right outside the Moore building. Orange permit parking is available on the corner of Hubbard and Baits Dr (behind the Vera Baits housing). Parking in the Blue permit lot is free after 5pm.

Piano Labs 361 and 61 are located in the new addition of the building. To get there from the William K. and Dolores S. Brehm Pavilion (also known as “the atrium”) you can either take the stairs or the elevator. To take the stairs turn right, pass Hankinson Rehearsal Hall on your right and take the stairs one flight down. Go straight and you’ll see Piano lab 361 on your right. Take the stairs in front of 361 one more flight down to find Piano Lab 61.

The elevator is located across from the entrance in the lobby. For Piano Lab 361 take the elevator down to L1. Take a left, go through the double doors and you will see the room on your left. For Piano Lab 61, take the elevator from the lobby to L2. The piano labs each have twelve digital keyboards.