If your dream is to play piano, I can help you.
MHPS of Cape Cod offers a kind, supportive environment for both absolute beginners and returning pianists. Retirement, in particular, can be a great time to begin lessons, affording time for practice that might prove difficult for those managing careers and families. Whether you're interested in traditional "classical" study, jazz/blues or popular music -- whatever your music tastes-- I encourage you to begin your journey.
SPECIAL GROUP EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Re Covid: We're continuing on with both lessons and special events, but we have adapted to the current situation by moving everything online. We'll return to in-person learning as soon as we have expert guidance that it's safe to do so.
If you have a piano and a smart phone, iPad or laptop/computer, I invite you to join me for lessons from the comfort and safety of your home. It's easy -- and effective. Just listen to what our students have to say!
"Thank you for all your efforts to keep music alive in our "stuck-at-home" world." Pat
"Thanks for all you have done for me and all your students. You have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. Actually, I enjoy the FaceTime lessons as much as "in-person"! Mark
"Ob-La-Di , Ob-La-Da, Life Goes On.... and on and on-- in the new land of physical distancing and FaceTime, Skype, Zoom piano lessons!" Judy
"Always important to not lose our sense of humor during such stressful times." Karen
"We'll start another year, and we'll make it a good one." Fay
"I so enjoy piano!" Candis
Story by Carey Sheer, Creative Life Series, WCAI, Cape Cod's NPR Station
Featuring students of Melissa Harris
A LONG HELD DREAM FLOURISHES AT THE PIANO
Both Kathy Gruel and Karen O’Conner always wanted to play the piano, but it took them a long time to find their way to the piano bench. They each had their own fears and insecurities that kept them from trying. And so, for many years, their dream of playing the piano was buried beneath everyday life. But now that they have finally started, they never want to stop.
AM I TOO OLD TO LEARN?
Not only are you capable of learning, numerous medical studies have proven significant health benefits for adults who learn music. Our students range in age from 19 to 89!
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR ADULT LEARNERS?
Adults are oftentimes overly self-critical, though they are rarely so critical of others. Music lessons offer a great opportunity for students to begin to recognize this tendency -- and learn to let go of it.
HOW MUCH WILL I NEED TO PRACTICE?
We'll choose music that appeals to you so practicing will be enjoyable. There won't be a focus on time commitment. Rather, we will set weekly goals and realistic means for achieving them.