JumpStart Piano is an innovative and highly effective program of group piano lessons for children and youth that pairs a screen-based application with personal instruction from an accredited classically trained piano teacher.
Classes are held in the group piano studio at Tacoma Music Academy, which contains six digital pianos. The classes include lesson as well as practice time, making the program ideal for students who do not have a piano available for practice at home. This structured practice time makes piano lessons vastly more effective… and accessible to families who may not be able to afford a piano.
In addition, the program offers scholarships for students from low-income families. Eligibility is determined by the student’s enrollment status in their school’s free/reduced lunch program. The tuition assistance program reduces the out-of-pocket cost for the qualifying families.
JumpStart is our response to the biggest challenge that most piano students face: home practice. Many children do not practice enough for one reason: it takes too much work. We are solving this problem once and for all. Students will progress exclusively by being in the class. After completing the program they will be able to transfer the practicing skills to their future studies.
The program gives an option to start learning to play piano without a need to buy a piano. Of course, in the long run, to continue beyond the beginning - early intermediate level students would need to have access to a piano on a daily basis. But we guarantee that beginning students will successfully learn and progress exclusively by being in the class.
We think that music is so important and beneficial to communities and individuals that everyone should have access to a quality music education.
Our programs produce visible and measurable results as students make steady improvement toward their goals.
Learning to read music improves focus, problem-solving abilities, and hand-eye coordination. Plus, learning to practice effectively builds self-discipline, creating positive habits that stay with students for the rest of their lives.
Teaching young people how to make their own music gives them a positive outlet for sharing their thoughts and feelings with their communities and the world at large.