Brandywine Music (a.k.a. Umile Music) serves Chester County, PA including Downingtown, Coatesville, Glenmoore, Exton, Honey Brook, Parkesburg, and surrounding areas with piano teaching and unique music for special occasions. The studio is in West Brandywine Township. Please scroll down for more information and enjoy exploring the pages listed above. I look forward to hearing from you via email, phone, or Facebook!
Think Outside The Books!
Learn to play by ear, by note reading, improvisation, and composition. Individualized instruction includes technique, music theory, a variety of music styles, and performance opportunities.
One Size Does Not Fit All!
Students learn according to their personal learning styles while strengthening their areas of need.
Learn to play the music you love!
Suzuki Method - listening-focused, ages 4 and up
Traditional Method - reading-focused, ages 7 and up
Both methods include: Ear training, note reading, individual lesson plans, music theory, improvisation, composition, natural technique, positive motivation, and performance opportunities
The Suzuki method of music learning is based on listening and hands-on learning. It was inspired by the fact that all children learn their native languages, by being surrounded by them, hearing, absorbing, and imitating; and reading begins after spoken language is fluent. The music student usually begins at a young age. The parent creates a musical environment in the home by playing recordings of beautiful music, including the Suzuki repertoire, and takes the child to observe other students' lessons, recitals, and concerts. The parent attends the lessons and helps the child practice at home in a positive, fun way. After the student can play fluently with both hands, music reading is begun. The parent's role in helping practice will gradually diminish. I mainly use the acclaimed series Piano Pronto for note reading, as well as a large variety of supplemental music. Pronto is well-written, highly motivational, and enjoyable for students. For more information, click here.
The "traditional" method is the way most students learn to play an instrument - by reading notes from the beginning. This approach is most effective with students who can read language at least at second grade level, or age 7, up through adults. Although more attention is given to note reading, emphasis is also placed on proper technique and listening skills as in Suzuki. Many traditional method books now come with recordings, which are very useful in helping students learn. The parent's role in traditional lessons is much less involved than in Suzuki. I mainly use Piano Pronto for traditional lessons, as well as lots of supplements. Students really enjoy the large variety of musical styles in the Pronto series, including classical, folksongs, jazz, blues, pop, and lyrical styles, there are play-along tracks available, and all the music can be viewed and heard on the Pronto website. For more information, click here.
I believe that anyone of any age can learn to play an instrument well. The keys to successful music learning are: excellent method, materials, instrument, and teaching; a positive home environment including listening to beautiful music often; and parents' involvement and encouragement. These conditions can create the desire to practice consistently, without the negative connotations that the word "practice" can bring. Playing music should be fun!