Westside Music School follows the Harmony Road Music Curriculum. We believe that this method of providing music lessons is the most effective available. All of our music instructors are qualified in teaching the Harmony Road method for piano lessons, keyboard lessons and violin lessons.
The Harmony Road Music Course
The Harmony Road Curriculum provides a holistic approach to music instruction. We hope that music will become a natural part of the student’s daily life. Children experience musical concepts and absorb patterning through ear training, singing, and rhythmic activities. As skills grow, students will become comfortable with note reading and keyboard performance areas. Strong singing skills will enhance the student’s total musical development.
It is very important for parents, teachers and students to work together. Please feel free to ask questions and share ideas!
How can parents help?
- Regular attendance is very important to keep the learning continuity strong. Being on time is also important. If you must miss a class please call ahead and leave a message for your music teacher so she can make a tape or send your assignment. Call the office to arrange to make-up in another class.
- Try to make arrangements for younger siblings to stay at home. The music classes should be a special time the parent and child can share. In case an occasional situation arises necessitating an older or younger sibling accompanying the parent and student to music class, the sibling needs to be under direct supervision of the parent at all times.
- When your music teacher is giving directions try not to repeat them to your child. It creates a noisy environment and doesn’t encourage students to listen and focus.
- This is a music class for parents and children. You will be learning music, too. It often requires patience on the part of students as well as parents! RELAX and enjoy your keyboard, violin or piano lesson. Activities will be repeated and reinforced, and there will be adequate time to achieve our goals.
Let your teacher do the disciplining. He or she will ask for your assistance if needed.
- Keep a positive attitude. Children will have good and bad days (just as we do!) A positive, enthusiastic attitude will help keep the learning experience enjoyable.
- Create a good setting for home activities, providing a quiet place and encouraging daily music sessions. Start with short time periods, doing varied activities as in class. Increase the time as the child’s focus and skills grow.
- When assisting children with keyboard playing, please do not push the child’s fingers on the keys. Point to the key a little above where the finger will play if your help is needed. Strong solfege singing will soon eliminate the need for pointing.
Westside Music School
1800 NW 167th Place, Suite 110
Beaverton, Oregon 97006
From the Chorus
"So many people have asked me what the secret is to having Julianna continue to enjoy playing the piano. Honestly, I can’t take the credit as her Mom, and I can’t say that she was born with a skill or passion for playing. The secret is the sense of community that she shares once a week with her teacher and her piano peers at Westside Music School."
-- Student Parent