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 / 1B / 2 / 2B / 3 / 3B / 4 / 4B
Monthly fees: $172 / $180 / $188 / $196 / $204 / $212 / $220 / $228 respectively

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 P.B.E.S™ 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:

  • The ability to play an elementary piece of music using I IV & V
  • Cultivating good piano posture
  • Developing a sense of rhythm

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

  • No music background

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

1-6* months (depending on individual's progress) *maximum

Download Level 1 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 1B

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 1B

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

1B1 | Keys and scales

1B:2 | (1 – 5 – 10) Broken Chord

1B:3 | + LH variations (1-5-10)

1B:5 | + RH fill ins

1B:6 | (1 – 5 – 1 – 3 - 5) Broken Chord

1B:7 | Basic comping

1B:8 | Using 2 hand patterns

1B:9 | Chord progressions

1B:10 | Basic song arrangements

1B:11 | Finger independence skills

1B:12 | Ear Training for kids (Part 1)

ANNEX A - Recap/revision of Level 1 subjects

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 1B:

  • The ability to play in both 4 & 8 beat rhythm
  • Able to apply left hand patterns
  • Able to read melody and chord symbols

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 1B:

  • Able to play elementary tunes with two hands
  • No chord knowledge required

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 1B:

1-12 months (depending on individual's progress)

Download Level 1B syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 2

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 2

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Subject: 2:1 | Finger independence II

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 RH harmonisation

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

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

  • The ability to read fake sheets and apply improvisation techniques
  • Use of right hand in both solo playing and 2 hand patterns)

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

  • Previous classical piano background (Grade 3 & above) or self taught

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

6*-12 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 2 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 2B

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 2B

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

2B:1 | Maj7 and m7

2B:2 | Wide playing

2B:3 | Usage of 7th notes in voice leading

2B:4 | Right hand fill ins using chord notes

2B:5 | Block chord (1+5+7)

2B:6 | Broken + broken chords

2B:7 | Variation between block and broken

2B:8 | Basic syncopation

2B:9 | Block + broken chords

2B:10 | Sus2 and Sus4 chords

2B:11 | Playing in different keys

2B:12 | Chord progressions II

2B:13 | Level 2B Rhythm Training

2B:14 | Ear Training (colors and moods)

ANNEX A - Recap/revision of Level 2 subjects

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 2B:

  • Able to apply basic improvisation on both left and right hand
  • Usage of 9th notes during improvisation

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 2B:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 2

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 2B:

4*-12 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 2B syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 3

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 3

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

3:1 | ii V I chord progression

3:2 | ii vi ii V chord progression

3:3 | Relative major and minor

3:4 | Basic 16th beat patterns

3:5 | LH Approach notes

3:6 | Voice leading using 7th and 9th

3:7 | Accenting on last beat

3:8 | New age close playing

3:9 | Triplets application

3:10 | Riffs

3:11 | Rock Piano style

3:12 | 3-note RH harmonization

3:13 Level 3 Rhythm Training

3:14 Ear Training (extended chords I)

Annex A Recap/revision of Level 2&2A subjects

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

  • The ability to improvise with semi-quavers
  • Application of all 7ths and 9ths
  • Able to improvise a song at will

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 2B

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

4*-12 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 3 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 3B

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 3B

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

3B:1 | Introductions using motifs

3B:2 | LH Approach notes (II)

3B:3 | Build up for V trial

3B:4 | 11th chords

3B:5 | Voicings with 11ths

3B:6 | ‘in betweens’ (16th)

3B:7 | Advance comping

3B:8 | Scale notes (fillers)

3B:9 | dim7 II VI & Aug7 chords

3B:10 | Slash chords

3B:11 | Key modulation

3B:12 | Improvisation 3B

3B:13 | Level 3b Rhythm Training

3B:14 | Ear Training (extended chords II)

ANNEX A - Recap/revision of Level 3 subjects

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 3B:

  • The ability to improvise in both 8th and 16th beat rhythm
  • The ability to write a melody with diatonic chords
  • Able to apply voice leading for 2 hand patterns

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 3B:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 3

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 3B:

4*-12 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 3B syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 4

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 4

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

4:1 | Chord substitution and re-harmonization I

4:2 | Blues genre

4:3 | Reggae genre

4:4 | Latin genre

4:5 | Case study of popular chord progressions I

4:6 | Case study of pentatonic scale

4:6 | Case study of Hirajōshi scale

4:7 | Motifs as a source of improvisation

4:8 | Key modulation II

4:9 | Basic jazz theory applicable in Pop

4:10 | Walking bass for Pop

4:11 | Rhythmic displacement I

4:12 | Direct and parallel modulation I

4:13 | Pivot chords

4:14 | + Song arrangements for bridges

4:15 | Playing by ear I

4:16 | Case study I

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

  • Introduction to musicianship and playing by ear
  • Introduction to Blues and other contemporary genres
  • The ability to improvise a tune with advanced arrangements

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 3B

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 4 :

4*-12 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 4 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 4B

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Level 4B

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

4B:1 Chord substitution and re-harmonization II

4B:2 | Performing/keyboard techniques

4B:3 | Case study of popular chord progressions II

4B:4 | Swing improvisation (Pop context)

4B:5 | Advanced song interpretations

4B:6 | Musicianship in band setting

4B:7 | Chord substitution and re-harmonization II

4B:8 | Song composition

4B:9 | Rhythmic displacement II

4B:10 | Key modulation III

4B:11 | Free styling improvisation

4B:12 | Direct and parallel modulation II

4B:13 | Applications of Scales in all 12 keys

4B:14 | Advanced song arrangements

4B:15 | Song writing

4B:16 | Playing by ear II

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 4B:

  • The ability to play by ear
  • To be able to interpret songs with self arranged rendition using rhythmic displacement and re-harmonization

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 4B:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 4

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 4B:

4*-12 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 4B syllabus

✅ 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

Video title: Nanainaba performing 'River flows in you' by Yiruma

Nanainaba (student of PBE Japan) enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2014 at the age of 9 and had completed P.B.E.S™ Level 3. Listen to his rendition of ‘River flows in you’ in the key of A.

 

How are the piano lessons carried out?

Each 45mins lesson is personalized and yet structured simultaneously (with or without following the P.B.E.Syllabus™).
 
Your child would select a song in tandem with his or her P.B.E.S™ level and our instructor will provide the ‘stripped-down’ scores (fake sheets), comprising of only the melody and chords.
 
Each song will be taught using P.B.E.S™ techniques (both practical and theory) that are appropriate, which are ‘compatible’ for other songs.
 
On average, your child will learn between 1-2 songs per month (4 lessons). A progress system has been implemented/enacted for student monitoring throughout the entire course. Upon the instructor’s evaluation, your child will be upgraded to the next P.B.E.S™ level accordingly along the course. Examinations are not necessary unless intended. 
Previous
Next
FAQ about time slots:

1130am & 83opm for weekdays and 11am & 415pm for weekends

The lesson(s) that you postponed will be credited as makeup lesson(s) which has a 1 year expiry. You are required to give 3 days advanced notice and 1 day advanced notice for peak and off peak lessons respectively.

You may sign up online or at our school physically or via whatsapp at 91798110.

Please whatsapp us at 91798110, as our schedule changes every other day.

Send us an email, we should be able to work out something for you.

Other FAQ:

Our trial lesson is payable at $65.

The monthly charges are

$172 (Level 1)
$180(Level 1B)
$188 (Level 2)
$196 (Level 2B)
$204 (Level 3)
$212 (Level 3B)
$220 ( Level 4)
$228 (Level 4B)

Charges above based on per month (one lesson per week). $20 one time admin fee and $100 refundable deposit (upon giving a 1 month advanced notice for termination) All textbooks and scores will be provided for free.

That is ok. In fact, once you are a registered student, you are able to use our practise rooms (with pianos) for free.

Our materials are not for sale to the general public.

Yes! Everyone has to start somewhere!

It does not matter which part of the month you register and commence your first lesson, as school fees will be prorated accordingly.

Online registration form for Pop Piano Junior course (for kids)

×

Hello!

Click one of our representatives below to chat on WhatsApp or send us an email to info@play-by-ear.net

× How can I help you?