Learning to play a musical instrument is more than just learning HOW to play. At Pleasant Mountain Music, we seek to answer WHY we play. Our Learn to Play stream supports a lesson format where students develop a full spectrum of skills on their chosen instrument(s): Skills that include (and are not limited to) technical requirements, improvisation, ear training, note reading, techniques, historical context, composition, and musicianship. All of these skills take a little longer to come to fruition when approached holistically, but the end result is a well-rounded, and fully developed capacity for musical expression, understanding, and a sense of autonomy and confidence in ones ability to play.
Every musical journey begins with the first step! At Pleasant Mountain Music our instructors draw upon a variety of methodologies, including books, resources, experience, and technical training to set up new students of any age for success. Each student and instrument is unique and therefore our faculty tailors their recommendations to that student.
Highly recommended method books for piano: Piano Adventures, My First Piano Adventures, Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, Suzuki method, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), BC Conservatory of Music, and more
Highly recommended method books for voice: Hal Leonard Voice series, Vocal Technique, Alfred’s Teach yourself to Sing, RCM, ABRSM.
Highly recommended method books for guitar: The Hal Leonard Guitar series, BC Conservatory of Music, RCM.
Highly recommended method books for wind instruments: Measures of Success, Essential Elements, Standards of Excellence, ABRSM Jazz, RCM (classical), Sound Innovations.
Highly recommended method books for percussion and drums: Measures of Success, Essential Elements, Standards of Excellence, Hal Leonard Drum method, Alfred’s Drum method, Steve Weiss Music.
Take your first steps towards music in our Learn To Play stream. We will teach you all you need to know so that you can in turn learn to love and even live music.
Embark on your journey today!
If you have any questions about our services, we encourage you to contact us. We love to talk about music and can’t wait to hear from you.
If you are ready to take the plunge and start your journey, you can register today! We will follow up with you to arrange a placement lesson.