YAMAHA Piano Classes for Adults
"I played an instrument as a kid, and I always wished that I had continued."
"I never had the chance to learn a musical instrument... I wish there was a class for beginners like me."
"I've always loved music. I'd like to learn to play for myself."
If this sounds like you, we invite you to learn more about Yamaha's Keyboard Encounters program... a class designed for the adult hobbyist!
Learn More About Keyboard Encounters
How is the class structured? Keyboard Encounters is perfect for the adult beginner or musical hobbyist, with a schedule that is paced to meet the unique needs and personalities of each class. There are a total of 6 modules and books, each lasting approximately 6-8 weeks. Most students get started with a 6-week beginner module , then continue on. Each class is small (6-8 students), so you'll get a lot of individual attention.
What is the tuition? Tuition for the semester $499.
"I'd like to learn how to play, but I don't have a piano or keyboard." If you don't already own a keyboard or piano, you might not be ready to purchase one until you're sure that the class is right for you. We'll loan you a portable keyboard, free of charge for up to one full semester, until you're ready to purchase your own.
"What kind of instrument will I be playing on?" Yamaha's Clavinova Digital Piano is the state-of-the-art classroom instrument!
"What kind of songs will we be playing?" Students learn a wide variety of styles, from classical to blues to pop.
Violeta Dontcheva, YMES/Piano/Keyboard Encounters
Violeta holds a Bachelor degree in Piano and Sound Engineering from the Music Academy in Sofia, where she worked as a piano teacher in the Sofia Music School and as a Sound Engineer at Theater off the Canal. Violeta participated in multiple piano competitions and composition contests, did recordings for the National Television and Radio in Bulgaria, played in a band as a keyboardist, and composed and arranged numerous songs for theater performances. In 1998 she won a Piano competition in Thsaloniki, Greece.
Violeta moved to the US in 1999 to study Jazz Piano and Music Production & Engineering on a full scholarship at BerkleeBerklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Violeta has worked at Sonic Temple Studio in Roslindale, MA as a House Engineer, and recorded artists and groups like Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Lydian String Quartet, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Boston Bach Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others. Violeta's credits include various solo performances and records, as well as collaborations with some of the best New England orchestras and performers.
What Students Are Saying
"Thank you for your support. I am enjoying the class immensely. It is just what I need. I am using the course to work on a couple of areas: ear training to improve my general musical facility and my hand-based fine motor skills."
"I am enjoying the class particularly because you are treating us like adults and doing your best to be sensitive to our individual sensitivities."