P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano lessons for kids

Our piano lessons for kids are designed to be fun and practical without compromising on proper piano techniques such as playing postures and fingerings; together with skill sets that are necessary for modern musicians such as improvisation and playing by ear with melody and chords in both solo playing and accompaniment settings. The piano lessons are conducted 1-to-1 in a conducive stress-free environment through fun and interactive modules in-conjunction with the P.B.E.Syllabus™ for kids.

Piano lessons for kids - Administrative information:

Course title: Pop Piano Junior Course  (for kids)

Mode of coaching: one-on-one piano lessons (individual)

Age group: for kids 7-12 yrs old

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Lessons frequency: 1 lesson per week

Prerequisite: Zero music background

Available levels: P.B.E.S™ Level 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Students with little to zero background can enroll to P.B.E.S™ Level 1. Please note as well that the entire course can also be fully customized upon request (without following the P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Upon enrolling into the Pop Piano Junior course, you will receive the following, exclusive to PBE students only:

– P.B.E.S™ Student Edition Textbook (for your current P.B.E.S™ Level)

– P.B.E.S™ Song Excerpts Black Booklet

– Login ID and Password for P.B.E.I.S™ Online Student Portal

– Invitation to perform for our annual Piano recital in Shinagawa (Japan)

– Whatsapp Newsfeed & admission to PBE Club where you can enjoy the free usage of the practice studios, discounts on musical instruments & more

P.B.E.S™ Level 1

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 1

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Subject: 1:1 | Note reading (I)

Subject: 1:2 | Posture and fingering

Subject: 1:3 | Play Single Note Melody

Subject: 1:4 | Triads Part (I)

Subject: 1:5 | C & F major Intervals

Subject: 1:6 | G7 interval

Subject: 1:7 | Understanding broken chords

Subject: 1:8 | Movable 'Do' technique

Subject: 1:9 | Rhythm training Part 1

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

By the end of Level 1, your child will be able to play a few songs with both hands. They will understand melody and chords while cultivating good posture, fingerings, and coordination skills. They will also develop a sense of rhythm. They will also develop the “movable Do technique” using solfege.


Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

  • Basic right hand melody playing
  • Previous classical piano background (Grade 2 and below)
  • OR zero music background required

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

  • Between 2-4 months (depending on individual's child's progress)

P.B.E.S™ Level 2

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 2

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Subject: 2:1 | Finger independence

Subject: 2:2 | The Sustain Pedal

Subject: 2:3 | The 9th Note

Subject: 2:4 | Basics of Chord Inversions

Subject: 2:5 | Reading fake sheets with chord symbols

Subject: 2:6 | Broken Chord Techniques

Subject: 2:7 | Minor triads

Subject: 2:8 | Chromatic solfege ear training

Subject: 2:9 | Rhythm training Part 2

Subject 2:10 | Basic harmonisation

Subject: 2:11 | (Annex A) Revision of Level 1 techniques

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

By the end of Level 2, your child will be able to read fake sheets lead melody lines and chord symbols. The skills to improvise with block and broken chords will also be developed. Aural skills in preparing for musicianship and finger independence abilities are honed in Level 2.


Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

  • Able to co-ordinate left and right hand
  • Previous classical piano background (Grade 3 and above)
  • Self taught playing
  • Able to play with basic triads (C, F, G, etc.)
  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Level 1 is not compulsory

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

  • Between 5-9 months (depending on individual's progress)

P.B.E.S™ Level 3

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 3

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Subject: 2:1 | Finger independence

Subject: 2:2 | The Sustain Pedal

Subject: 2:3 | The 9th Note

Subject: 2:4 | Basics of Chord Inversions

Subject: 2:5 | Reading fake sheets with chord symbols

Subject: 2:6 | Broken Chord Techniques

Subject: 2:7 | Minor triads

Subject: 2:8 | Chromatic solfege ear training

Subject: 2:9 | Rhythm training Part 2

Subject 2:10 | Basic harmonisation

Subject: 2:11 | (Annex A) Revision of Level 1 techniques

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

By the end of Level 3, your child will be able to compose basic songs and perform basic improvisation while exploring different genres of music including Bossa Nova, Rock, and uptempo music in 16th beat rhythm.


Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

- Completion of P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Level 2

- Able to play songs in 8 beat rhythm

- Able to play most chords with 9ths

- Able to improvise with basic variations


Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

- Between 5-9 months (depending on individual's progress)

P.B.E.S™ Level 4

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 4

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Subject: 4:1 | Introduction to Easy Blues and swing

Subject: 4:2 | Extended chords

Subject: 4:3 | ii-V-I chord progressions

Subject: 4:4 | Key modulation

Subject: 4:5 | 5th and 6th note intervals

Subject: 4:6 | Advanced chord progressions

Subject: 4:7 | Advanced Comping techniques in band settings

Subject: 4:8 | Playing by ear and improvisation

Subject: 4:9 | Fillers

Subject: 4:10 | Improvising in Triplets

Subject: 4:11 | Chromatic approach notes

Subject: 4:12 | Exploring other contemporary genres

Subject: 4:12 | Rhythm training Part 4

Subject: 4:13 | (Annex C) Revision of Level 3 techniques

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

By the end of level 4, your child will be competent enough to play within a band setting. They will also develop various musicianship techniques such as right hand fill-ins, complex extended chord works, and basic song arrangements. The completion of the entire course will enable your child to improvise and play by ear.


Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

- Completion of P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Level 3

- Able to play songs with basic 16 beat rhythm variations

- Able to play most chords with 7ths & 9ths

- Able to apply voice leading in improvisation


Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

- Between 5-9 months (depending on individual's progress)

✅ The option to change your child's Piano teacher as and when necessary and should you need to do so:

All kids react differently to different teachers. As our primary business is providing services to the public, we understand that the rapport is important. It can be due to any reason that may not necessarily be negative, for example the differences in characteristics – whether animated or soft spoken, musical influences, language barriers or simply the matter of not being able to ‘click’ with another character. We know how tough it is for kids to voice out their inner concerns, which is why we do periodically consult with their parents in the most casual manner. In retrospect, this really is one of the perks of joining a music school, because you are not bound by just one instructor (should things not work out for your kid).

✅ We want your kids to play the Pop songs you listen to. Not 'Mary had a little Lamb'.

Unlike 20 years ago, kids today don’t listen to nursery rhymes anymore, thanks to smart devices and Youtube. It cannot be further stressed how important it is, to learn and play something that your kid listens to. That is the only way they can relate. Aside from the daunting drilling and Hanon finger exercises, which we cannot deny are beneficial to every pianist – ultimately your child should be playing the songs of your choice. Even as a complete beginner, we have a solution in place. Out of the billions of pop songs, we have carefully filtered out the easiest songs for learning purposes. And for the more modern popular songs, we have used excerpts from sections which are easy for beginners. While your kid have the opportunity to learn the songs of your choice, it is also our responsibility to ensure that the song is suitable for learning.

✅ As a team of instructors together, we can testify that no attitude issues are present.

It is a peculiar way to deliver a message to say that we are a friendly team of such, but the truth is that musicians on a more general scope, are infamously known for their eccentricity, sometimes even on an accidental and negative manner (though this is some-what controversial). However so, we want to highlight that this is no excuse for musicians to behave with any sort of attitude. We cannot deny still that on a certain level, we are displaying a certain preconception towards such ‘musicians’ as well. We can confidently say that over the past 18 years, we have grown, not just as a business but in the way that we think.

 

All kids requires rapport and sometimes it will take a while for that to happen. Our aim is to ensure that your kid enjoys playing music without stress and also without compromising on the proper playing techniques. As a parent, you may also discuss with us whether to what extend we should ‘push’, to reprimand or not (we usually don’t unless we are instructed to). We want your kid to practice the piano at home without being forced to, although it may be difficult but achievable if we managed to nail it down correctly. Your kid must like music to begin with. Piano lessons for kids are meant to be fun!

 

Video title: An interview with student Rene Lee and her dad Jason Lee

Rene enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2012 and completed P.B.E.S™ Level 4. The dad explains the differences between Classical and Contemporary Piano while Rene shares her joy of being able to play her favorite Chinese songs by ear.

Video title: Ryan Lew performing at the 2019 PBE Japan annual recital

Ryan enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2017 and completed P.B.E.S™ Level 3. Listen to his rendition of Sparkle by Radwimps. Every year, we offer opportunities for PBE students from Singapore to perform in Shinagawa (Japan) along side with PBE Japan students.

Video title: 2 PBE students (Jude and Alexsis) casually jamming

Alexis enrolled in the Pop Vocal course since 2015 and completed P.B.E.S™ Level 2 while Jude (on the right) enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2014 and completed P.B.E.S™ Level 2. Listen to their rendition of ‘How far I’ll go’ from the Disney movie – Moana