PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS
My name is Carly Ingalls, and I run a private piano studio right here in beautiful Fort Wayne, IN. I offer piano lessons for children and adults from a beginner to advanced level. The benefits of learning an instrument are endless. It provides a creative outlet, increases memory skills, math skills, and social skills; and boosts confidence and fosters discipline - just to name a few! Music lessons are a worthwhile investment for anyone.
In addition to operating my home studio, I am also honored to teach at the Sweetwater Academy in Fort Wayne. Contact me to learn more about lessons at either location!
ALL ABOUT ME
My passion for music began at eight years of age, when I was fortunate enough to begin taking piano lessons. Since then I have dedicated myself to honing my skills and sharing my abilities whenever and wherever possible. I gig and perform regularly locally, and believe that being a practicing musician is vital to being a good teacher.
I have over fifteen years of experience playing professionally for churches, restaurants, weddings, funerals, and public events. I also have seven years of teaching experience spanning all age groups.
I believe that music is a fundamental and essential element of the human experience. It improves quality of life, and opens unexpected doors. Through music we express what cannot be spoken, bring joy to others, and share the deepest parts of ourselves.
~Check my Facebook page to see where I'm gigging next! I regularly play with my Jazz/R&B Group "Abandoned Roots," and also do frequent solo piano performances.
Private Lessons Tailored to Each Individual
Every individual learns differently, and I believe in getting to know my students and using methods that suit them specifically. I teach a broad range of skills and styles; including sight reading, music theory, classical music, improvisation, pop, rock, worship, jazz, contemporary, and more!
One thing that sets my lessons apart is my focus on improvisation and creativity. I believe that music should be an outlet and a creative process from the start. I focus on bonding with the instrument and developing a musical language through creativity, while teaching fundamentals along the way.
Get a Head Start!
I offer shorter 20 minute lessons at a discounted rate for preschool aged children! These lessons focus on developing concepts and skills such as rhythm, learning songs by rote, fine motor skills, ear training, and keyboard geography. Small children are sponges, and this is a great opportunity to give your child a head start on learning the piano. Once preschool students begin to display the skills necessary for formal lessons, they graduate to a regular 30 minute lesson slot.
PIANO FOR KIDS
A Foundation for Life
Finding a teacher for your child who is fun, engaging, and able to effectively teach fundamentals while holding their interest can be difficult. Much of my experience is with children, and I make it a priority to make lessons fun and informative while fostering a lifelong love of music in them. I explore music history with them as they learn, and introduce the great classics along with the music that they already love. Through music lessons they can gain a rich cultural foundation while learning how to express themselves in a constructive way.
Fun at any Age
Piano lessons can be a rich source of growth and enjoyment at any stage of life, and my adult lessons are specifically calibrated to the experience that the student is seeking. Lessons will be flexible, and structured specifically around your lifestyle, goals, and tastes.
BEGINNER PIANO LESSONS
I love opening new learners up to the world of music, and know how to reach my students with the right balance of personalized attention, patience, practical training, and positive encouragement. A firm knowledge of the fundamentals is the foundation upon which creativity rests. With my beginner students I focus on basics such as theory, sight reading, improv, fake sheet reading, and basic ear training; along with a basic education in different musical styles. With the right tools and an appropriate knowledge of how to use them, you can play anything!
Building on the Basics
If you already have basic knowledge of music theory and piano skills, but wish to fill in the gaps and improve your ability, I can help with that as well! I can help you improve your weaknesses and build on your strengths. I can help you develop your skill and direction, and provide a well rounded exposure to different styles and concepts.
The Next Level
Ready to take your playing to the next level? I love taking the fear and intimidation out of playing advanced music. I help students break down complex concepts, and develop the skills that they need to play challenging repertoire and exciting styles of music. I work with advanced students to help them explore and develop true artistry and style!
I would love to hear from you and answer any of your questions! Feel free to text me, call me, Facebook message me, or email me. I respond within 24 hours. If you message me via the website portal below, I will respond to you at the email address you provide.
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2320 Oakridge Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805