It's not magic, It's Mastery!
WPS is Florida's only Royal Conservatory of Music Founding School
At Wendelken Piano Studio, we recognize the need for first-rate coaching in classical music. Nothing else, no corners cut, will produce the kind of musicians we train here. And in order to reach that level of beauty and professionalism, we must be engaged. But is it possible to learn to play masterfully and still have fun? Yes, absolutely!
So, whatever you are coming to us with, whether you are an advanced pianist who wants to take their music to the next level, an intermediate level student who is feeling burnt out and needs something special to ignite their interest again, or an absolute beginner who wants the best possible start, you’ve found your place. Welcome to the friendliest music studio we know. Welcome to Wendelken Piano Studio (and voice too!) Tampa Bay/New Tampa
Beginner Piano Program
Beginner and Elementary Level: All ages, adults. Children 6 and under, by interview to access readiness.
From that very first lesson to late Beginner playing simple Bach pieces, our Prep level includes careful instruction for correct body and hand position, note reading, finger and wrist technique, articulation, and our own patented method for teaching rhythms! Games and storytelling ensure that each lesson is fun, rewarding, and progressive. Our students are taught to play with beauty of tone and accuracy that gives even our youngest beginners a professional sound.
Most of our students present a “Story Recital” before moving to the Intermediate level. Late beginner students may choose to learn a concerto, or join others in a piano duo or trio.
Corresponding Royal Conservatory of Music Level: Prep A, Prep B, Grade 1.
Intermediate Piano Program
RCM grade 3-6. Interview with our Director to establish your current level.
Students reaching an intermediate level are often at a crossroads: They are now experienced enough to really begin to play well, yet are faced with increased workload at school. Predictably, if the music student doesn’t love where their music is taking them, students may quit piano at this time.
Because of this, we are very attentive to our middle school/high school students. The key to success is to keep everyone engaged and challenged with exciting challenges like: Learning their first concerto, playing in a duo, composing, and making Youtube videos. Motivation is everything.
Our Intermediate Program is for students with a few years of study behind them. Students are now able to play music from Baroque to Contemporary. The music available at this level is varied and inspiring. Further, we allow our students to choose the music the most inspires them from each period. Corresponding Royal Conservatory of Music Level: Grade 2- 6.
Advanced Piano Program
RCM grade 7-10. Interview with our Director to establish your current level.
Our Advanced Program is for Advanced students: RCM Grade 7-10 and beyond. I am thrilled to say that almost all of our students stay with us and reach the Advanced level. Some of these students are quite young, and they all play with remarkable passion, beauty and skill. Our Advanced students can choose from many events and options: concerti, ensembles, competitions, music composition, and much more.
All of our seniors make a video of their repertoire, useful for college applications and as a permanent memory for their family. Many of our students choose to keep growing with their music by choosing to minor in piano when they go to college. We are proud to say 100% of our alumni who have auditioned to major or minor in piano have been accepted by schools from Vanderbilt to Georgetown to Florida State to Penn State.
Performance and Exams
As a concert-trained pianist, I emphasize this aspect with my students of all ages. Frequent group performance classes at our studio help give our students the extra experience needed to look calm and professional on stage, in exams, or when making a video for Youtube. Performance experience helps us to enjoy sharing our music with others!
Competitions and Awards
Each year, our studio participates in RCM practical exams, FFMC Festival and State Competition, Pittsburgh International Piano Competition, Philadelphia International Piano Competition, American Protege’ international Piano and Strings Competition, and lighter things like Pasco County’s “Spotlight on Talent”, Solo and Ensembles, local outreaches to area retirement homes and hospitals, and formal and casual recitals.