Owned and led by Matthew Mason, a classically trained pianist and composer with degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Southern California, Pianicity combines established music theory with an innovative, yet centuries-old instruction technique. And though Matthew is an accomplished concert musician in his own right, the focus at Pianicity is the interaction among the instructor, individuals, and their peers. Eighty eight keys have not changed in hundreds of years, but a talented teacher combined with the right approach set Pianicity apart.
Individual Success in a Group Setting
At Pianicity these lessons are not taught in isolation with an all-knowing teacher. We teach individual bodies and souls as a group, where the students get to interact with each other as well as with the teacher. This brings a level of excitement to the lessons taught that is simply not possible in a one-on-one. Students learn from each other, watch each other, get answers to questions that someone else asked. They learn by example that questions lead to growth, that their classmates have struggles and victories just like they do, and that, since their classmates have overcome hurdles and won the victory, that they can too. Experiencing all these lessons as a group is more addictive than Facebook or video games, and more fruitful.
Lessons for a Lifetime
At Pianicity, our students gain more than excellence in piano and theory. Our teaching techniques instill students with lessons that can be applied again and again. In a digital world with its myriad distractions, the learned ability to focus primes our students for lifelong success. The techniques that we use to teach piano translate into all areas of life, not just music – this is the icing on the cake. Using them, by extension, we also teach how to learn any complex task, how to accomplish more in less time, how to be a teammate, how to be a competitor, how to set goals on a calendar and achieve them, how to be diligent, the satisfactions of winning, the sting of losing, the satisfaction of earning the recognition of your peers.
At Pianicity Class Piano, we focus on producing the best results from our students as they watch, learn, and play together in a traditional classroom setting. We believe that students learn fastest by watching and listening to other students, and that by reducing teacher pressure and maintaining a fun environment we set our students up for success.
Pianicity is owned by Matthew Mason, a classically trained pianist and composer with degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Southern California.
Lessons are $144/month.
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Pianicity is now registering students for our week long summer day camp called “Songs in the Key of Summer!” It’s a 5 day class geared toward children ages 5 – 12 who are interested in learning piano but haven’t had lessons before. It’s great fun, very educational, and a fantastic way to see how much fun it is to learn to play!
It consists of 3 hours per day for a week. In small group classes, students learn basic rhythm skills, note reading, and the keys on the piano. They also play music games and take time out for a snack break. By the end of the week they are able to play several songs! We finish out the week by performing a small recital for parents. Students do not need a keyboard or piano to practice on at home.
Feb 10, 2016 – San Antonio – Pianicity Owner and Instructor Matthew Mason has been announced as the Texas Commissioned Composer for the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Read more here.
ATTENTION: FUTURE MATH AND SCIENCE MAJORS
According to Dr. Frances Rauscher (a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin), “musical training, specifically piano instruction, appears to dramatically enhance a child’s abstract thinking skills and spatial-temporal ability – skills that are necessary for mathematics and science.”
Pianicity Class Piano is owned by a classically trained pianist and composer with degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Southern California.
Mr. Mason has also taught one-on-one lessons at several schools, as well as in his own studio, over the course of a decade. Through these experiences, he came to believe that the best instruction for the most students is, indeed, by way of the classroom. Through this and other techniques, perfected through experience, his goal of strengthening what remains of interest in classical music for children and adults is achieved.
We recommend use of the Pomodoro time management technique in the practice and study of piano, or any other subject. It is particularly helpful for those with wandering attention.
This is a first class school, and we’ve been very pleased with the results for our daughter. Matthew’s instruction was perfect for our aspiring musician. Not long after starting piano with Matthew, my husband and I also noticed grades improving and homework getting done without a struggle. Music lessons with Matthew have been great for her, and she looks forward to it every week!