Recreational Piano Groups

Learn to play piano or refresh your skills with other motivated adults.

Piano for Beginners

Learn to play the piano at a relaxed pace in a group setting with an encouraging teacher; no knowledge or talent is assumed. All that you need is a strong desire to play, and time—a few minutes at the piano close to daily is the best approach. Progress at your pace; solo playing is not required. Many scientific studies indicate the health benefits of low-stress music-making with others. This class is a collaboration between Portland Adult Education and the Joy in Music Piano Studio. Contact: alicejpeterson@yahoo.com.

Piano for Refreshers

Used to play and think you’ve forgotten it all? Started piano as an adult, but have been away from it? Took Piano for Beginners and want a follow-up class? This class is for you. Our relaxed approach emphasizes the joy of making music. A piano or keyboard at home is necessary. (Solo playing is not required.) This class is offered intermittently. Contact alicejpeterson@yahoo.com for more information.

Intermediate Piano Group 

Intermediate Piano Group is an ongoing group of adults with experience that meets on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10 AM. The class includes a dual focus on reading music and working with lead sheets and chords; the ability to read bass and treble clef is assumed. Some of the topics explored by the intermediate piano group have been Chords and Keys; The Moods and Modes of Music; Off-Book Piano Skills; Musical Gems: World Folk Ensembles; The Big Picture—Looking at Musical Structure; Focus on Classical Themes; Piano Fun: Popular Hits; and our always popular Christmas Piano Labs. (If your primary goal is to play classical piano music, private lessons are a better fit. If you’d like to explore a variety of genres and styles of playing, group piano might be right for you.) Contact alicejpeterson@yahoo.com about current opportunities.