Yoko and Dennis Fitzpatrick’s method of teaching classical music to beginners is unique. They give the students a CD to listen to at home that contains more advanced versions of the music they are teaching.
They say, “Not everybody is cut out to be a virtuoso.” But every child and adult can be taught to appreciate great classical music. The key is to use soul inspiring melodies of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and others from the very beginning. First impressions of music are very important. These melodies inspire the student’s creativity. They leave an imprint on the musical mind of the student that will last a lifetime.
Our method does not waste the student’s time on boring, uninspiring, childish melodies. We gradually take the student to higher levels of the masters. Soon the student has a love of great music and becomes a cultured person. This education lasts a lifetime and is a source of spiritual support later.”
Dennis Fitzpatrick originated his progressive classic piano method for children taught by his wife, Yoko. Dennis possesses a master’s degree in Keyboard performance and conducting from DePaul University, Chicago. He is recorded as conductor and composer. His compositions have been published. He has pursued Ph.D. studies in various aspects of music at UCLA and elsewhere. He has taught harmony, keyboard skills, and counterpoint at the college level. He originated his progressive classic piano method for children.
Yoko has a special ability to inspire a child to want to study piano. It is not uncommon for a child to ask their parents to have lessons with Mrs. Yoko more often than scheduled. Gone are the days when a child dreaded their weekly piano lessons. Click here to see testimonials from children and their parents on this topic.
The beginner’s CD contains recordings of the compositions they will study. The music is progressively more difficult. The beginner is also given a music book that contains material to help them learn to read music. It contains brief homework assignments. The parents are also given a deck of music flash cards to use with their child, while waiting for dinner or waiting for anything, that will help the child learn music symbols. The answer is on the back of the flash card for the non-music reader parent. Dennis Fitzpatrick teaches the more advanced students.