Family Piano serves over 400 piano students in the Raleigh area in two studio locations and several after school programs. Our friendly, professional staff of about 20 instructors is well versed in classical, jazz, pop, Latin, theory, and composition. We offer a free trial lesson with no strings attached, and our students are never obligated beyond a month at a time. We have lots of low preussure performance opportunities for students who would like to take advantage of them. And, Family Piano Academy has an incredible online resource that we provide to all of our students with literally thousands of helpful videos and self-checking tests. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your musical journey!
Gerry is an outstanding music teacher who teaches comprehensive musicianship through the piano. Not only does he teach technique and repertoire, but Gerry ensures that students understand how and why the music works! Additionally, Gerry teaches spontaneous response to ALL keys, as well as ear training and song writing. Gerry Diamond is a wonderful teacher and role model for students of all ages.
I recommend Family Piano to everyone I know! I loved it so enthusiastically from the very beginning that I thought maybe I was just being blind about how great it really was, but then the music teacher from the high school where I teach started taking his son because of my ravings. I asked him a couple of months later whether it was just my ignorance or whether Gerry was really that good. He said, "Oh no. Gerry really IS that good." So while it's location is inconvenient to where I live, I would drive twice as far to make sure my son was taking lessons there. The methology they use is unlike any I have ever encountered. My son was learning things about transposing after just a few weeks that I did not learn until after a few years of lessons, but it was taught in a way that was appropriate to age and experience. So that after just a few lessons, my son was learning to compose some his own simple tunes using actual music theory! My son LOVES this! There are several online sources that I can access to help him from home that were created specifically for the lessons used. More than "mere music," my son is rewarded quickly for perservering when something doesn't come easily, which is a lesson we have transferred to many other incidents through the last two years. And with so many resources online, these lessons and music have given us something we both love that we can work on together--that's a pretty big gift all by itself. Thank you, Family Piano Academy!!
Best studio for piano lessons! I have 3 kids who have taken many years of lessons with Gerry and they love learning here. They are encouraged to choose music they like, which makes it fun for them. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. I HIGHLY Recommend!!
Family Piano Academy (FPA) and the Diamond Piano Method created by FPA founder Gerry Diamond are second to none for piano practice, reading music, ear training, online and workbook activities to appeal to all learning styles and personalities. All serve to make for very well rounded musicians. The teachers and staff are wonderfully kind, patient, organized; it's truly a top notch business and studio. Our five kids range in age from 20 to 6 and all play piano which led to playing other instruments. I just wish FPA and Diamond Piano Method had been the studio and instructional method for our older kids from the start of their piano instruction before we relocated to Raleigh.
We try to determine how each student learns best (by reading, by viewing, by listening, etc..). Then we try to determine a student's musical interests so that we can tailor our curriculum to help them be prepared to succeed in the musical pursuits dearest to their hearts.
Several of us have advanced degrees in performance, composition, pedagogy, and education. All of us have several years of experience in music education. Our staff bio page at FamilyPianoAcademy.com lists each of our unique qualifications.
Yes. Our standard rate is $130 monthly. This is based on a once-weekly, 30-minute private lesson. We have several other lesson packages available that include duet/group instruction, longer lessons, and special discounts.
Most of our staff trained to be educators in college, but some of us came to it by happenstance and fell in love with it.
Truly all ages and skill levels. At this point, our staff has several hundred combined years of piano teaching experience, so we truly have seen it all :). But, having said that, we cherish each new student and know that they will be different than anyone else we have ever worked with.
Recently, a really gifted, but super shy student of ours played in his first public performance. He played extraordinarily well. However, the best thing that happened was that he made a noticeable mistake early in the piece he was performing, and kept right on going. The part of this I'm fond of is that at the end of the performance, he remembered all the good stuff and didn't dwell on that one error. Too often students only remember the mistakes and forget all the positives. I knew his teacher had done a terrific job preparing him for the performance when I saw how he handled the error and the rest of the performance.
Ask to take a trial lesson. Don't commit to anything until you've had a chance to see how well you connect with the teacher.
Be able to state your musical goals, your musical tastes, and any prior experience you have.