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Lorraine Music Academy’s PIANO Classes & Lessons for children, teenagers, youth & adults& Public Speaking

Our Piano classes, programs & courses, will help you bring out your hidden musical talents. You will receive Piano lessons that will help develop your piano learning skills. Out trained piano teachers will help you to learn piano playing the right way. Our programs include piano for kids / children, piano lessons for beginners, piano lessons for teenagers / youth and piano lessons for adults.

At Lorraine Music Academy, we believe that if our students can use their hands, then they can play an instrument (if they desire to). Through our education programs and courses we bring to our students musical experiences and musical memories that will last for a life time. Our students get excellent training and develop great confidence by being exposed to wide range of musical and creative opportunities through our training programs, workshops, recitals, concerts and public performances. Through music education we wish to provide children with social, educational and skill development opportunities. We also aim to promote in them a sense of self-esteem, accomplishment and pride. We maintain a special learning environment designed to provide a rich and rewarding musical experience for each student.

We have various programs for a student to learn the PIANO ranging from the Beginners level to Grade-8 level. We have a faculty of internationally qualified musicians under the talented leadership of Lorraine Fiona Aloysius, our Creative Director & Principal. Lorraine also oversees a regular visiting faculty that comes in from across the globe including some of the top global Colleges of Music & Drama, to teach our students during various periods of the year.

As our student’s instrumental skills progress, development in music theory and musicianship becomes increasingly important in helping him/her to perform with sensitivity, understanding and confidence. Lorraine Music Academy aims to give all our students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period. They are also equipped to prepare for scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

All students of Lorraine Music Academy get assessed through our periodic Internal Examinations. We also prepare our students for International Examinations conducted at our Music Centres by world renowned & globally accredited organisations such as Trinity College London, U.K., Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (A.B.R.S.M.), U.K., RockSchool, U.K., etc.

Graded Music Exams are great for developing a full range of skills and techniques, learning new styles of music and also nurturing your performance skills. Grade Exams and Performance Certificates are available from Entry Level (Debut) up to Grade 8.

It is essential for a student to possess a PIANO of their own at home which would be used to practice on. Regular practise at home after each learning session at the Lorraine Music Academy Centre is imperative in order for the student to get ready for the next learning session.

Join us on this journey to making Piano learning fun. Play your heart out on the piano and hear the applause.

Transform yourself within 30 weeks to be a talented musician of great potential, even if you are little! Age is no bar (4 years to 84+ years). It is never too early or too late to begin. Dive right in. Enrol for this program by fixing an appointment for a Musical Evaluation Session.

PIANO

Piano is the short form of pianoforte, from the Italian “piano” (soft) + “forte” (strong). It is so named because older keyboard instruments – the harpsichord and the clavier – could not produce varied volumes.

The piano is a keyboard instrument ranging over seven octaves, with white and black keys. The piano usually has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings, and a row of 88 black and white keys – 52 white keys and 36 black keys. The piano is played by pressing these keys, causing padded hammers to strike steel strings. The hammers rebound, and the strings continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. The strings are silenced when the keys are released. When a key is released, a damper stops the string’s vibration and sound. The musical note can be sustained, even when the keys are released, by use of pedals at the bottom of the piano. The variations in the sound volume produced are in response to the pianist’s touch on the keys. The greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and the louder the sound of the musical note produced.

Modern acoustic pianos have two basic configurations – the grand piano and the upright piano.

Grand Piano

In a grand piano, the frame and strings are horizontal, and the strings extend away from the keyboard. The action takes place beneath the strings, using gravity as the means of return to a state of rest.

Grand pianos come in various sizes. Broadly the grand piano can be distinguished between the “concert grand”, the smaller “parlor grand”, and the much smaller “baby grand”. The concert grand piano can vary in length from 2.2 to 3 metres or about 7 to 10 feet. The parlor grand piano can vary in length from 1.7 to 2.2 metres or about 6 to 7 feet. The baby grand piano is about 1.5 meters or about 5 feet in length. Generally, longer pianos with longer strings have larger, richer sound.

Upright Piano

Upright pianos are also called vertical pianos. The upright piano is more compact as the frame and strings are vertical. The hammers move horizontally, and return to their resting position via springs, which are prone to degradation.

Modern pianos can be classified according to their height.

  • Studio pianos are around 42 to 45 inches tall, which makes it the shortest cabinet that can accommodate a full-sized action located above the keyboard.
  • Console pianos are a few inches shorter than studio pianos and have shorter hammers for a compact action.
  • Anything taller than a studio piano is called an upright piano.

Piano Maintenance & Care

Pianos are heavy and yet delicate instruments. A professional piano mover using special techniques for transporting pianos will prevent damage to the case and the mechanics of the piano. Piano tuning is the act of adjusting the tensions of the piano’s strings, aligning the intervals among their tones so that the instrument is in tune. Pianos need regular tuning to keep them in pitch. The hammers of pianos are voiced to compensate for gradual hardening, and other parts also need periodic regulation. Old and worn pianos can be rebuilt or reconditioned. Often, by replacing a great number of the piano parts, they can perform as well as a new piano.

Digital Piano

The digital piano is a modern electronic musical instrument. It is different from the electronic keyboard. The digital piano is designed primarily to serve as an alternative to the traditional piano, in the way it feels to play as well as the sound it produces. The digital piano is meant to provide an accurate simulation or a real piano. Digital pianos are also designed to look like an acoustic piano. Digital pianos may fall short of a real piano in feel and sound. However, digital pianos have other advantages over acoustic pianos.

Advantages of Digital Pianos over Acoustic Pianos

  • Headphones can be used and the sound level of a digital piano can be adjusted, making it possible to practise whenever and wherever the sound of the instrument may disturb other people.
  • Digital pianos are generally less expensive and also cheaper to maintain compared to acoustic pianos. No regular tuning is required for digital pianos.
  • They can be used for training in a variety of climates and places like a basement as they are less sensitive to the room climate changes.
  • Digital pianos also have individual features that may include many more instrument sounds including organs, strings, guitars and many more…
  • Digital pianos do not require the use of microphones thus eliminating the problem of audio feedback in sound reinforcement. Digital pianos also simplify the recording process.
  • Digital pianos have more features to assist in learning and composition.
  • Digital pianos are more likely to incorporate MIDI implementation.
  • Digital pianos often have a transposition feature.
  • Digital piano models are smaller and considerably lighter.

Manufacturers continue to develop technology for both sound and feel covering a wide range of quality and cost. Well-known manufacturers of acoustic pianos and digital pianos include Yamaha, Kawai, Steinway, Bosendorfer, Bechstein, Fazioli, Estonia, Grotrian, Masin & Hamlin, Baldwin, Bluthner, Schulze Pollman, Petrof, Rolland, Korg, Clavia, Kurweil, Casio, Pearl River, Young Chang, Samick, Essex, among many others.