Welcome To My Studio.
Whether you or your child is a beginner, intermediate pianist with some experience, or an advanced pianist working on audition or recital repertoire, I would love to work with you.
I have a MMus in piano pedagogy from West Chester University, and I’ve worked in private and classroom settings with pianists of all ages and skill levels. We’ll create a learning plan unique to your goals, and together, we’ll grow your skills at the piano.
Get in touch for more information or to enroll – I look forward to hearing from you!
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About Local Pianist & Teacher Florence Phillips
A lifelong pianist and musician, I’ve worked with numerous instructors and professional musicians in the greater Philadelphia area. I studied piano and pedagogy during my undergrad and grad school years, and I’ve worked as a soloist, collaborative pianist (with singers and instrumentalists, and church musician for the past decade.
I have a significant amount of experience working with both adults and children, and whether you are a retired individual looking to start out at the keyboard, a young professional picking up lessons again, or have a child that you’d like to gift a lifetime of music-making, I’d love to hear from you.
Piano Lessons For Kids in Downingtown, PA
I started taking piano lessons at a young age, and I know how much joy and confidence music can give a child. I’ll help your child learn the fundamentals like proper technique, the ability to read notes fluently, how to play by ear, and how to understand music theory, and my goal is always to help them become an independent pianist who loves music – I don’t want kids to practice simply because they have to.
Of course, I also incorporate activities that make lessons fun. Children learn better when they are mentally engaged, and the last thing I want to do is burden them with another school-like activity. We’ll balance fun with serious instruction, and your child will grow into a competent, fulfilled musician.
Adult Piano Lessons in the Downingtown Area
Adults bring a unique set of goals and challenges to the piano, and I try to work with students on a case-by-case basis. There’s no agenda in my studio, and your goals are my goals. If you are struggling with tension because of the hours you spend in front of a computer, we’ll work on that. If you want to be able to sight read, we’ll work on that. If you have a favorite piece or genre that you’ve been hoping to work on, let me know! I want you to love the piano and music, and we can create a personal learning plan for you.
The Materials I Use
For beginning students I like to incorporate the Faber Piano Adventures method and the Helen Marlais Succeeding At The Piano method. We don’t rely solely on method books though – I bring other materials and exercises into the picture. Also, I supply my students with method books when they enroll – you’re welcome to purchase your own materials at any time of course, but you won’t have to buy method books or anything to get started.
My Studio Location
My home piano studio is conveniently located at 601 Southern Drive, West Chester, PA 19380. I’m about 5 minutes from Exton, 10 minutes from downtown West Chester, and close to a number of local schools: Bishop Shanahan High School, Pierce Middle School, Bradford Heights Elementary School, and a number of other educational institutions are just minutes away. There’s plenty of parking on the street, and parents or caregivers are welcome to sit in on their child’s piano lesson.
Florence Phillips Piano Studio
601 Southern Drive
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (215) 995-5115
What Do You Need To Get Started With Downingtown Piano Lessons?
I do ask that my students have a piano or keyboard at home, and that’s because you won’t see any progress if you don’t practice. I’ll teach you everything you need to know and create a roadmap for you, but it’s up to you to spend time with your lesson materials at home. I’m not picky about which piano or digital keyboard you have, but it’s best if you have something with a pedal, weighted keys, and preferably a full-size 88 key keyboard. If you would like more information, you can read my guide on where to buy a piano in the West Chester area.
Regarding lesson materials, I do provide books and methods for beginning students, so you don’t actually have to bring anything (unless you have music or method books that you’d like to use!).
Get In Touch – Let’s Get Started
I can’t wait to hear from you and start your journey at the piano – the sooner you start practicing, the sooner you’ll be a confident, independent pianist. Get in touch by form, email, or phone, and let’s find a time that works for you.