Pianist Paul Sklar has made a career of playing for professional dancers and theater audiences. And on Friday afternoons, Paul can be found at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center playing with a much smaller crowd.
Paul teaches Kids ‘n’ Keyboards at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center for children ages 5-11 every quarter. The classes teach note reading, ensemble playing, technique and solo piano. For beginners, special notation is used for playing fun songs, as the students gradually learn more music skills. For younger students, Paul incorporates musical activities and stories. The affordable group program works to achieve all the same results as private, individual lessons. Additionally, when the students play together, the timing and musical interaction really improves.
“When a group of children come together, the good chemistry really helps them learn from each other,” Paul said. [Read more…]