Lessons by Larissa
Lessons by Larissa Crownsville Piano Studio Serving Anne Arundel County:
Severna Park
Glen Burnie.

Piano Lessons in my Crownsville Studio

Teacher’s Responsibilities

I will provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning, encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning and guide each student towards musical independence. I will teach children to love and appreciate music, so they can “speak” it and through it, should it become their way of expression. I will offer many performance and enriching activities, guide each student towards musical independence with a balanced program of repertoire, technique, sight-reading, theory, and ear-training experiences. I will make piano as fun and entertaining as possible!

Student’s responsibilities

The student agrees to arrive at each lesson on time, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter (you reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes). Students are expected to practice every day for as long as their lesson’s length in order to keep up with the curriculum. It can be broken into two or three shorter sessions.
Consistent attendance will aid in musical success: so, do not skip class because you have not practiced. Fluctuations in interest are perfectly normal and do not impede musical training. I will do my best to make lessons as interesting as possible.

Parental Responsibilities

Encourage progress! Many small steps throughout the year yield great results! Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend lessons at any time. A parent is required to attend lessons with beginners under the age of 10 years. The parent who attends the lesson is also expected to assist the child at home on a daily basis and must assume the responsibility for supervising the practice. Practice for the youngest group of children (ages 3 to 4) should be done in “a game playing format”: going over learned material, using flash cards, listening to cds’ is extremely important (repetition is the key to success).
Please check your child's Practice Chart weekly for pertinent information. Parental support is a must for a child's musical growth. To help your child develop self-discipline and good practice habits, set aside a regular time for practice each day (this can be done all at once or divided into two or more daily practice sessions).
Younger children especially need help with their practicing “for little fingers”.
The parent is to provide an acoustic or similar to it full size digital (most keyboards and organs are not appropriate) piano. It must have 88 keys, attached pedals, a footstool, a bench of the correct height, and a cushion, if the bench is not tall enough. A metronome is necessary to have to help developing the sense of timing. Provide a practice environment that is free from interruptions (family, friends, TV, computer or phone). Also, communicate with me with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s progress. Be helpful, interested and supportive.


Group lessons are held once a month in lue of individual lessons, and are set up along to students’ skill levels. They will include Performance (in a casual, non-stressful setting), Ensemble playing, Music Theory (ear training, writing one voice melodies and listening to them), Composition, Improvisation, Music Literature, History, and Music Appreciation.

Group lessons are an essential part of my teaching philosophy. I consider them very important in the education of students. From the experience I had in my country, Group Lessons have proven to be a positive impact on the learning experience. When I was a child and a student, we had group lessons, in addition to individual lessons. There was theory of music, solfedge, music literature (where we learned the history of music), accompaniment, and choir.  The Group Lessons I offer combine most of these disciplines. Beginner students will be working on learning notes, singing and learning how to recognize different tunes, tones, and combination of notes. We will be playing different games that will help them to remember notation (notes reading) in music much better, and they will have more fun. The program will change as they progress and become intermediate and advanced students. Naturally, there will be homework on theory, playing practice, composition, finding a favorite tune, and improvisation. Included in our curriculum are lessons about different composers, their styles, epochs (eras) and their achievements, and what was unique in their creativity and why they are famous. Students also will learn about the different forms of music and how to analyze music (helps to memorize much better). I will introduce them to the wonderful world of music. We will be listening to different songs and critiquing them. We will be performing for each other, and in doing so develop the confidence that is so essential not only to music, but to overall self-confidence.

Contact me for detailed Studio Policy, an interview, or if you have any questions about lesson time availability by e-mail at larissaomalley1@gmail.com, phone 410-923-0100 or fill out the form below.