Cheri can help you discover and pursue your musical passion. Lessons are custom-tailored to you. You can learn not only classical repertoire and technique, but also jazz, pop, and rock idioms, including gospel, blues, ragtime, and boogie woogie. Cheri’s mastery of diverse keyboard styles will pave the way. Develop your ability to play by ear, improvise, sight-read, and compose. Emphasis on theory and ear-training is the key. Adults, children, and teens are all welcome; Cheri enjoys the singular challenges of each age group.
The keyboard is the COMPLETE instrument. In addition to the irreplaceable acoustic piano, with today’s synthesizer, you can be the entire band or orchestra! Your creative options are endless. Cheri’s studio features cutting-edge technology and inspiring instruments. Lessons are taken on a new 5’8” Cristofori grand piano. You will be exposed to the widest range of keyboard possibilities, including the amazing potential of the synthesizer. Computer-based theory and ear-training programs are now part of the curriculum--a fun and effective way to learn! You can also learn music notation software and experience computer-based multi-track recording.
Students are also encouraged, but not required, to participate in the piano skills, repertoire, theory and ear-training exams sponsored by Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
These are useful benchmarks of progress and great motivators.
Many opportunities are available in the area for recital experiences throughout the year, giving you opportunity to finely tune your repertoire and performing abilities, as desired. Sykes Keyboard Studio itself offers two annual recitals.