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Piano Every Day
We are not just a piano school. We are Oclef. Our piano teachers have a passion to make piano education better and we’re showing that in our school design, student successes, and daily engagement. Learning piano is challenging and seeing a teacher once a week is an old system that causes most students to drop-out. Make the right decision for your family and join us.
Our school will help your children learn piano correctly and love it. Don’t make the common mistake of trying to learn piano once a week. Weekly piano lessons may waste years of your children’s time and they may grow frustrated with learning and practicing. Our school is built to prevent that from happening. Instead, we have hundreds of students and parents experiencing successful outcomes. Sign up now and we’ll assess your children and build a custom plan that will accelerate their piano education. We look forward to welcoming you at Oclef.
|1 Child||2 Children|
|Access to Piano Every Day – Daily Classes (7 days a week)||Access to Piano Every Day – Daily Classes (7 days a week)|
|Includes all recitals, tests & events||Includes all recitals, tests & events|
School Hours and Info
Monday – Friday | 6:30AM – 10:00PM PST
Saturday | 10:00AM – 8:30PM PST
Sunday | 3:00PM – 8:00PM PST
Locations and Contact Info:
3623 Cobbert Drive, San Jose, CA, 95148
Oclef Los Gatos
15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95032
1807 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Oclef San Carlos
751 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070
Oclef La Canada
466 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Oclef Union City
32108 Alvarado Blvd, Union City, CA 94587
7040 Avenida Encinas Ste 104, Carlsbad, CA 92011
1645 140th N.E., Bellevue, WA 98005
3213 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314
55 E Long Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48085
How do classes work at Oclef?
Every Oclef student and parent receive an unlimited ClassPass to use. This gives them access to attend a variety of classes depending on their stage of learning. Students and parents are encouraged to set a schedule of classes that work best for their interests and availability. We don’t require that students use their pass each week, but we strongly encourage it.
For Stage 1 Students:
Keynote Piano Class™ (online 5-6 days a week 1:1)
Keynote Piano Class in Stage 1 is designed to help students learn piano by developing smart habits every day. In the 1 on 1 class, an Oclef Professor works with students to check for habits, understanding and reading ability. The class focuses on helping students learn to read music as patterns of intervals, rhythms, and moves. Be amazed at how confident your child will be reading music using the Oclef Method.
Kaizen Piano Class™ (online 7 days a week)
Practicing piano at home can be lonesome. And for some students, it can be full of distraction, random water breaks and staring at the clock counting the minutes left. Kaizen Piano Class is a guided practice class that is designed to make practice time efficient and engaging. It’s a class where an Oclef Instructor helps students to practice their pieces properly using tools and strategies. Although students each have their own practice room, they can also connect, interact and learn from other students on the strategies and tools that they use to practice. (30 minutes)
For Stage 2 – 4 Students:
Kaizen Piano Class™ (online 7 days a week)
Practicing piano at home can be lonesome. And for some students, it can be full of distraction, random water breaks and staring at the clock counting the minutes left. Kaizen Piano Class is a guided practice class that is designed to make practice time efficient and engaging. It’s a class where an Oclef Instructor helps students to practice their pieces properly using tools and strategies. Although students each have their own practice room, they can also connect, interact and learn from other students on the strategies and tools that they use to practice. (40 minutes)
Music Theory Class
What is an inverted b minor chord and why does this even matter? As students develop beyond Stage 1 and enter Stage 2, the Oclef Method begins to introduce deep memorization techniques, sight reading hacks, and practice tools that accelerate development and learning. The concepts found in music theory are at the core of the educational programming for Stage 2 and 3 students. In this class, students use partnering and teams to do presentations, composition, challenges, and games. Who said music theory can’t be fun? (40 minutes)
Pop Music Class
From the Beatles to Beyonce and Mario Brothers to Harry Potter, Pop is the genre of music that gives pulse to every generation and drives culture. Although the Oclef Method emphasizes Classical Music within its training, we believe students should explore Pop Music and we see it as a key part of their musical vocabulary. In this class, students are given a piece of pop music arranged and designed by Oclef Editors. This class encourages students to be highly engaged in practice while learning to play the tunes they love. (40 minutes)
1-on-1 Private Lessons (included in tuition for Stage 3&4 students)
The art and creativity of learning piano are featured in the education of Stage 3 and 4 students. This is why we’ve streamlined our education design to have students in these stages receive private lessons. These students take private weekly lessons with an Oclef Professor who builds a custom curriculum for them. Their custom education plan, Student Vision Plan (SVP), is designed to highlight unique strengths and to leverage each child’s abilities and talents while still presenting challenges that appeal to their personal tastes. This is piano education reimagined, piano education your family needs and deserves. (30 minutes)
Sample weekly schedule for Stage 3 & 4 Student:
What stage is my child?
The Oclef Method divides students into four distinct stages based on the current focus of their learning.
Stage 1: Learn to Read Music
All students just beginning and in their first 2-3 years are in stage 1. Literacy in the patterns of intervals, rhythms, and moves are the focus of all parents and students in this stage. Most students under 8 are still completing this stage. Once a student can sight read Level 2 and is exiting method books, they have completed this stage.
Stage 2: Learn to Practice
Students in Stage 2 are focusing on mastering tools (conducting, counting out loud, backward, etc.) Probably the hardest to complete, this stage usually lasts 2-3 years. Most students under 10 are still completing this stage or stage 1. Once a student can sight read pieces at Level 5 or above and have mastered all tools, they have completed this stage.
Stage 3: Learn to Perform
This is the stage where students begin to learn pieces completely on their own. A teacher or coach is most useful as a guide to help students develop their own performance style and approach to problem-solving. Once a student can sight read Level 8 or above and can learn Level 10 pieces on their own, they have completed this stage.
Stage 4: Learn to be Independent
During this stage, the student now has complete independence to learn almost any music without the help of an instructor. A Master Teacher can still be useful to this stage 4 learner to help them to develop professionally and prepare for college, to train them how to teach using the Oclef Method, or other Stage 4 Paths designed by Oclef. Select Stage 4 students may be offered paid fellowships to work alongside teachers at Oclef – an impressive feature on their resume for college.