Piano Lessons in Indianapolis
Sophia Gorlin has taught piano lessons in Indianapolis for 21 years. Her motto, “quality over quantity,” encapsulates her teaching approach. In her piano lessons, Mrs. Gorlin gives each student the unique materials and instruction he or she needs based on her assessment of the student’s understanding and abilities.
Mrs. Gorlin believes that piano playing is primarily "brain work"—not just finger work—and that the musical language is largely analogous to verbal language (phrasing), logic (thematic development), and mathematics (counting, square structures). Developing a student’s ability to efficiently read and understand the musical language is an essential ingredient of successful piano instruction and is therefore a central focus of Mrs. Gorlin’s teaching method.
In developing piano technique, the instructor follows the most comprehensible methods of the Russian School of Piano Playing which is one of the best piano schools in the world. Mrs. Gorlin offers combination of her own unique materials, the materials adopted from Russian piano books and the Russian School of Piano Playing series of books. All materials are in English language.
Recommendations for successful piano study:
Mrs. Gorlin has developed unique materials over the course of her years teaching piano to American students. Click below for samples of the custom materials made available to her students.
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- Students should have access to a well-tuned acoustic piano at home for practice. Read about the instrument recommended by the instructor here.
- Parental support and participation are strongly encouraged, particularly for beginners who may have difficulty adjusting to the requirements of musical training.
- Regular lessons and regular practice between lessons will facilitate steady improvement. Duration of lessons is suggested by the instructor depending on the age/level of a student. Read about suggested lesson times here.
- Practicing classical repertoire will enable the steady development of professional piano technique.
- Practicing original arrangements of repertoire rather than simplified arrangements will enable more rapid progress.
- After the first year of study, students are strongly encouraged to participate in piano recitals and competitions in order to gain experience in stage performance. Read about participation in recitals and competitions here.
- Students are encouraged to listen to recordings and, from time to time, attend public concerts, master classes, and other musical events in order to develop musical listening experience.