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Music Lessons

Piano Lessons

Traditional Piano: Reading-Based Methodology in Classical, Jazz and More

Traditional piano lessons are available for children and adults of all levels. This approach introduces note-reading early in the learning process. Beginning students typically learn to read music and play songs from a method book recommended by their instructor. They also learn supplementary pieces, such as pop songs, show tunes, or whatever the student may request.

At the Intermediate and Advanced levels, students expand their Music Theory knowledge, performance repertoire, and technical skills. At this point, sometimes students choose to specialize in a certain genre, such as Classical, Jazz, Pop, or even Music Composition.

We have many highly qualified piano teachers on staff, so we can find the right fit for each student’s ability and interests.

Traditional lessons are currently only available as private lessons, offered in increments of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour.

Play-a-Story: Improvisatory Piano Classes for Ages 4-6

Play-a-Story Piano is an age-appropriate and creative way for young children to learn basic piano skills.

Play-a-Story is a musical journey in which you and your child travel through a storybook world. It uses the piano as its mode of travel, creating sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms to express the story. In fact, students literally create their own musical soundtrack to each specially created storybook and DVD. Children learn different musical sounds, motifs, styles, shapes and dynamics, creating a comprehensive, improvisational vocabulary.

Play-a-Story is the perfect bridge between our early childhood program, Simply Music Rhapsody, and more formal music instruction.

Simply Music Piano: Playing-Based Lessons for Ages 6 – Adult

Fairfield School of Music is the only local school to offer the revolutionary piano method, Simply Music. This program is perfect for beginners or students who have had less than a year of lessons.

Simply Music is a playing-based method. The reading process is temporarily delayed to first develop a repertoire of 30-40 fantastic sounding pieces in various styles, including Classical, Jazz/Blues, Contemporary, and Accompaniment.

In the same way that all children learn to talk before they learn to read or write, students learn to “speak” the language of music before reading it. Through this natural learning process, students achieve amazing results at the piano in a short period of time.

Simply Music lessons are offered in a group and private format. All of our Simply Music teachers have undergone extensive training and are licensed by the Simply Music organization to teach this unique method.

Voice Lessons

Voice students of any age will find their niche at Fairfield School of Music. We offer both private and group voice lessons and encourage students to explore various styles — from pop songs to show tunes to classical arias. Our university-trained instructors teach proper singing technique alongside repertoire, so students learn how to strengthen and support their voice, expand their range and take the stage with confidence.

At FSM, students rehearse and perform their recital pieces with a professional accompanist. Many choose to also showcase their talents at church, in musical theater productions, at the Young Musicians Festival or with bands formed by their peers.

In addition to our 30, 45-minute and 1-hour private voice lessons, group voice lessons are also offered. You can even create your own group class with one or more of your friends!

Guitar and Bass Lessons

Both the guitar and the bass are diverse instruments, and Fairfield School of Music respects this diversity. At FSM, students choose between acoustic and electric models. They then explore the styles they want — rock, pop, jazz or classical. Each student develops proper technique, as well as skills in theory, reading and ear-training. Students also learn how to jam alongside other musicians and how to perform solo. Our highly-trained teachers are all active performers and boast a wide variety of styles and backgrounds, so students can easily find an instructor to fit their particular interests.

In addition to our 30, 45-minute and 1-hour private bass lessons and private guitar lessons, we offer weekly, 45-minute group guitar lessons to beginning students who find a team experience more motivating. These intimate classes are limited to eight students in order to foster a friendly and supportive learning environment. Once students have mastered the basics, they can transition up to the next group level or into private lessons. The two groups range in age from 8-12 years and 13 plus.

A note: Due to the strength and fine motor skill the guitar requires, we recommend that students begin no earlier than eight years of age. Occasionally, younger students may begin with a smaller guitar specially designed for that purpose, or they can try ukulele lessons instead.

Ukulele Lessons

Lately, the ukulele has experienced a resurgence, and it’s not hard to see why. This small, four-stringed instrument is cheap, portable, relatively easy to learn and, best of all, fun! It proves a sound choice for beginners and for more advanced musicians looking for a light-hearted diversion. Private ukulele lessons are available in our standard 30, 45-minute and 1-hour increments.

Violin, Fiddle, Viola and Cello Lessons

The pursuit of violin, viola or cello opens up a world of performance opportunity — from solo to chamber music to school or community orchestras. The warm tone of these instruments also makes them especially enjoyable to play alone in the privacy of your home.

Fairfield School of Music offers private violin, viola and cello lessons in our standard 30, 45-minute and 1-hour increments. Students as young as five may begin violin study, while study of the cello, a much larger instrument, usually begins around ages nine or ten.

For students who prefer folk music over classical, we also offer fiddle lessons. Though the fiddle is the same instrument as the violin, fiddle playing involves a markedly different style, such as bluegrass, country or Celtic, and often involves improvisation.

In addition to our 30, 45-minute and 1-hour private violin lessons, we offer group violin lessons to students who find a team experience more motivating. These intimate classes are limited to four students in order to foster a friendly and supportive learning environment. Once students have mastered the basics, they can transition up to the next group level or into private lessons. Create your own group class with one or more friends for an extra fun learning experience!

Drums & Percussion Lessons

Fairfield School of Music gives future percussionists the chance to find their own unique beat. Our highly-trained instructors teach rock, pop, jazz or classical styles. Students can take private 30, 45-minute or 1-hour drum lessons.

Because they usually study on a drum kit in the studio, students should be at least eight years of age so that they can reach the pedal and cymbals. Instead of purchasing or renting an entire kit, beginning students may purchase practice pads, which provide an affordable alternative.

Brass Lessons

At Fairfield School of Music, we tailor brass lessons to your needs. Our university-trained instructors perform in everything from jazz ensembles to big-band groups to orchestras, so they can assist students in improving skills for school band or in developing more advanced skills to join community groups or perform solo. Trumpet, trombone and tuba lessons are available in our standard 30, 45-minute and 1-hour increments.

(A note: Students should be at least nine years of age to study the trumpet, trombone or tuba. This ensures sufficient lung capacity. It also insures, in the case of the tuba, that they will be able to hold the instrument.)

Woodwind Lessons

Fairfield School of Music offers private woodwind lessons to students of all ages, each tailored to the particular needs and interests of the student. Our university-trained instructors are all successful solo performers who participate in bands, ensembles and orchestras. They assist students in improving skills for school band or in developing more advanced skills to join community groups or perform solo. All flute, saxophone, clarinet, bassoon and oboe lessons are offered in our standard 30, 45-minute and 1-hour increments.

Recommended ages to begin woodwinds:

  • In order to begin private flute lessons, students should be at least seven years of age, though some younger students may start with a curved-head model developed for that purpose.
  • Private saxophone lessons and clarinet lessons may begin after students have a developed lung capacity as well as the physical strength to handle their instruments. Therefore, we do not recommend beginning these instruments prior to eight years of age.
  • The bassoon and the oboe are both double-reed instruments, the mastery of which usually proves too challenging for younger students. We recommend that students begin private bassoon or oboe lessons at age 11 or older.