Why is Freeway Music Your Best Choice for Piano Lessons in Columbia, SC?
If you’re here doing research on which music school in Columbia, SC might be the best fit for you or your child, you probably know that you’ve got several choices for private piano lessons. Whether you’re motivated to take piano lessons because you want to play the songs you hear on the radio, perform better in your band, or you’re an adult that always wanted to play, but never had the support or opportunity — Freeway Music will get you where you want to be as a player and as a musician. Our piano instructors are the best in Columbia, SC. Here are some reasons why:
Freeway Music has — hands-down, bar-none — the best instructors in Columbia, SC. We have confidence in that statement, because we set and maintain a high bar for anyone who wants to teach here, looking for a passionate pursuit of continued musical growth, and a love for sharing their knowledge with others.
Our Teachers Never Stop Learning
Freeway Music instructors are already highly qualified before they start, but continuing education is also a vital part of being an instructor at Freeway. Our instructors don’t stop learning just because they’re teaching.
Our Teachers are A Part of the Community
All of our piano instructors are respected members of the local music scene. Many of our piano teachers play in popular local and regional bands. Some of our teachers hold degrees in music from respected universities. We have the hardest working staff in town, tirelessly performing and supporting the music scene in Columbia, SC.
Our Teachers Create a Personal Connection
You’re sure to have a pleasant experience with any of our piano instructors. Our instructors are genuinely concerned with the growth of each student and strive to connect to their students through empathy, all in a way that most effectively meets the needs of each student’s learning style.
A Diverse Group of Piano Instructors That Can Meet the Needs of Any Student
Whether you want to be a songwriter or a classical pianist, we have a team of diverse piano instructors that can help you reach your goal.
We Have A Teacher for Every Level
Are you a total beginner who doesn’t know where to start? A seasoned player, performing regularly with a touring band, who wants to go deeper in your playing? Freeway Music takes beginner students all the way to advanced guitar students. No matter where you are in your musical journey, we have an instructor to match your needs. Our piano instructors are well-respected members of the Columbia music scene, and often teach or have taught other piano instructors in town. You can start at any level and not have to worry about outgrowing your instructor.
We Have A Teacher for Every Style
We offer piano lessons for rock, country, blues, jazz, and just about any other style you can think of. Some of our teachers have degrees in jazz studies and some of them play in rock groups. An integral part of the Freeway Music ethos is to allow students to be grow in the direction they want. Our diverse team of teachers ensures you can achieve your playing goals — whether you want to improvise solos, play backing chords, or write songs.
We Have A Teacher for Every Age
We teach piano lessons to all ages. From 5-95, we have teachers that are well-equipped to teach any age. So, whether you are looking to sign up a child, or you realized it’s never too late in life to start a new hobby, we are a perfect fit for you.
Public performance has so many benefits for a student, that we’ve made it a foundational element at Freeway Music. Through public performance, students learn:
- confidence that carries over into every other life activity;
- empathy through shared group experience; and
- how to interact with peers as part of a larger community while staying true to themselves individually.
At Freeway Music, we pride ourselves on offering our students more performance opportunities than any other music school in Columbia, SC. From fairly casual open mics and jams, to more formally-structured recitals and concerts, there are almost constant performance opportunities for students of every skill level.
Student Showcases and Recitals
We often pair our piano students with one another to form groups that rehearse and perform in showcases and recitals. Some of the venues include:
- New Brookland Tavern;
- Tin Roof; and
- New Brookland Tavern;
- Tin Roof; and
- The Senate (Columbia’s only music venue with a 1200 person capacity)
You can watch clips from our showcases and recitals on our YouTube channel.
Open Mics and Open Jams
Students don’t have to wait until showcases or recitals for playing experience. They can attend one of the many open mics and jams that Freeway Music hosts throughout the city.
We post all of our events here on our website to make it easy for students to keep up with what is going on.
Events and Concerts
Beyond the numerous showcases; recitals; and open mic opportunities, our students have exclusive access to many events and concerts. Some recent events include:
- The St. Patrick’s Day Parade;
- The Okra Strut;
- Rhythm on the River;
- Freeway Music Festival; and
- First Flush Festival (featuring acts such as Sheryl Crow)
The Use of Technology in Piano Lessons:
A major part of your lessons with our piano instructors includes incorporating apps and technology — seamlessly and creatively — into your learning.
How Our Teachers Use Apps
Apps allow the instructor to enhance and accelerate the student’s understanding of most of the fundamental elements of music, including:
- sight reading;
- ear training;
- practicing; and more.
Our Lesson Rooms are Well-Equipped
The piano lesson rooms are equipped with acoustic or digital pianos, and all of our lesson rooms have speakers for playing music, beats, and backing tracks.
Each instructor has a laptop, tablet, or other device to enhance the piano lessons.
We Invest Regularly in Educational Blog Posts and Online Resources
Owners, staff members, and friends of Freeway Music have published a wide variety of articles on our blog that are a great resource for piano students to educate themselves on various music-related topics. Our instructors make judicious use of online resources and tools to create the best possible lesson experience — for instance, using collaborative tools like Google Sheets to create practice schedules and share a student’s progress with parents.
Freeway Music believes wholeheartedly that we have a responsibility to invest in our community through our own efforts, and by partnering with local charities who help make our community better every day. And of course, being a music school, you’ll find us actively support the local music scene in Columbia, SC through playing at and attending local shows. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to support local charities and venues in our city. A few of the charities we’ve partnered with in the past include: The Children’s Hospital, The Women’s Shelter, The Conner Foundation, and Pawmetto Lifeline.
You can find out more details about how we love and support our city on our community involvement page.