If you are considering enrolling your child in piano lessons (or, better yet, investing in the Pianokids™ curriculum), your first question may very well be, “Should I buy an actual piano to learn on?” As a piano teacher, my answer to that is obviously going to be, “Yes!” The second question, which typically comes to mind immediately after the first question, is, “How much should I spend on a piano?” The answer to this second question requires a bit more explanation. In my years of experience talking to parents interested in signing their child up for piano lessons, the first [...]
About Angela Grace
Angela Grace, or “Ms. Angela,” as her piano students have called her for over 35 years, started her music training when she was 8 years old. She took traditional music lessons for years, and performed at classical piano recitals well into her teens.
She began teaching piano at the request of some members of her church who wanted to learn to play. Before long she had several students, so she set up her own private studio in the Pensacola, Florida area.
When a world renowned piano company invited Ms. Angela to a training program to learn how to teach piano to preschool children, she gladly accepted. That was where she came to appreciate the numerous benefits provided to children when they start learning piano as toddlers.
Somewhat against the traditional piano teaching mindset, she began to incorporate 3 to 5-year-olds more and more into her growing piano studio. This age group became her focus in 1989, and over the next few years she fine-tuned the process of teaching piano to the very young. These methods evolved into what we now know as Pianokids. Piano Kids, Inc. was formed in 1994.
The Pianokids program proved very popular and the company expanded quickly. Ms. Angela hired eight additional instructors and trained them to teach the method in group settings, in preschools as well as elementary after-school programs.
At the height of the program, which lasted 10 years, Pianokids was taught in many schools in two Florida counties, with an enrollment of as many as 300 students per year.
When her eldest daughter started high school in 1999, Ms. Angela returned to teaching piano solely as a private studio teacher. For the next eleven years, until moving to South Carolina, she maintained a private studio enrollment of up to 50 students per week.
Ms. Angela is the proud mother of three, Erica, Evan and Erin, after whom three characters in the Pianokids lessons books are named. It was the least she could do, after they served her so well as Pianokids’ “Research and Development” department!
They each started learning piano with her curriculum at three, and continued playing piano along with other band instruments, as well as tennis, barrel racing, surfing, and hunting through high school.
Erica and Erin taught in their mom’s studio during high school and into their college years. Evan focused on other pursuits, but he did manage to keep his piano skills sharp enough to impress the girls he dated.
Ms. Angela is married to her beloved high school sweetheart, Danny (also a character in the books!), and he was instrumental in the decision to move to the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. She travels to Florida regularly and remains very close to her family and friends there.
In 2014, she was blessed with her first grandchild, Isla Grace, who is sure to become another character in the Pianokids program very soon!