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Encore Piano Academy is a music school based in Chennai, India focusing exclusively on providing the best Online Western Classical Piano Education experience.
START YOUR PIANO EDUCATION FROM HOME
Why spend time driving to a music school or a teacher’s house when you can learn piano from some of the best certified piano teachers in India from the comfort of your home? Our online piano class is the best option for those who’d like to pursue piano seriously.
Over 100 piano enthusiasts from Asia, North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia have joined our online piano programme.
WHY CHOOSE ENCORE?
The Encore curriculum places a robust emphasis on piano pedagogy, meticulously adapted for online learning. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our dynamic curriculum and innovative teaching methods, which are in a constant state of evolution. We consistently explore new approaches to ensure that our program remains relevant to the changing times.
Unlike traditional music education models that centre solely around graded music exams by recognised boards like Trinity, ABRSM, LCM, etc., our program views these exams as just one integral component. We envision a comprehensive musical education that goes beyond exam preparation, aiming to foster well-rounded musicians capable of applying their skills in real-world scenarios.
In terms of musical style, we advocate for a balanced foundation, with 80% of the curriculum dedicated to Western Classical repertoire. This foundation provides a strong musical base, while the remaining 20% focuses on diverse popular music styles and genres, including student-chosen repertoire.
Our curriculum is meticulously crafted to train students in the four pillars essential for creating well-rounded musicians, as outlined below:
Performance & Technique
Fluency & accuracy while performing • Communication & interpretation of the pieces performed • Technical control of the instrument • Repertoire or the pieces the student can perform • Stagecraft or stage presence
Gain a solid foundation in music literacy: the conventions of Western music notation, melody, rhythm and harmony • Build knowledge of music history, as well as form and instrumental capabilities
Sight-reading or the art of reading music notation/sheet music • Aural or ear training • General musical awareness about music history, styles, forms, etc. • Composition/Improvisation • Arranging
Practise & Feedback
Effective practise strategies for best results • Constructive feedback from the teacher to improve the overall performance
Our curriculum aligns closely with the learning objectives established by prominent international music exam boards such as Trinity College London and ABRSM. We offer comprehensive coaching for students interested in pursuing both practical and theoretical music examinations, ensuring a well-rounded and structured approach to their musical education.
MEET THE FOUNDER
Siddharth Kumar is a western classical piano teacher in Chennai , India with more than 15 years of experience in music and the founder of Encore Piano Academy. He holds an ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) Diploma in Piano Performance. His vision is to share the relatively unfamiliar treasure trove of western classical music with individuals so that more people can experience the value it adds to their lives.
His journey in music started in 2006, when he picked up the guitar to learn his favourite rock songs. During his grad and post-grad years, he was part of the college band and regularly performed and won college and inter-college competitions. Over the years, his interests transcended from rock to metal and eventually western classical.
After finishing his MBA, Siddharth worked for an MNC for eight years, and finally transformed his passion to his profession and started Encore Piano Academy. He has written a column on “Great Composers” for the online daily, “Pen News”, wherein he has profiled nearly 40 celebrated composers of the past four centuries.
He is also an international award-winning photographer.
OUR STUDENTS LOVE US!
Yes! Not only can piano be taught online but all major music exam boards worldwide have also embraced online music exams as a permanent offering so that students anywhere in the world can attend exams online and get certified.
80% focus will be on Western classical & 20% focus will be on other Western music genres.
Each class will be for 60 mins and there will be 4 classes per month.
The class timing will be decided based on a mutually convenient time for both the student and the teacher as all sessions are one-on-one sessions.
More than 60% of our students are learning from overseas countries so we do have provision for late night / early morning sessions to accommodate different time zones. Please note that classes scheduled during these timings will follow a different fee structure.
Online classes will be conducted through the Zoom app.
The minimum starting age is 6 years at Encore.
Encore only offers a piano programme. A piano curriculum is superior to a keyboard curriculum as it provides a more comprehensive and tactile learning experience, allowing students to develop proper hand technique, finger strength, and touch sensitivity that are crucial for nuanced musical expression. Additionally, the piano’s larger and weighted keys offer a more realistic emulation of the acoustic instrument, fostering a deeper understanding of musical dynamics and enhancing overall musicianship.