Debut Piano Studio: Piano Lessons with Sergei Pavlov - Rates and Policies

Debut Piano Studio is a piano school established in Toronto by Sergei Pavlov, an experienced piano teacher, concert pianist and piano competition winner. Debut Piano Studio offers piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels, both in your home or in the studio.

Breaking News: Our student Johann Derecho just won the ORMTA Young Artist Competition at the provincial level on July 25, 2015 (ORMTA stands for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association). The same competition honoured him with the Esther Su Memorial Award for the most promising talent out of all competitors in different categories. The prizes come with a monetary award and a concert tour in the province of Ontario. We are thrilled and looking forward to seeing him perform in concerts, as four venues are already booked and more are to come.

Johann also won the Founder's Award Class and Scholarship to attend the Peter de Grote Festival and Summer Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, after participating in the 2015 North York Music Festival. Johann, we are very proud of you, congratulations!

As of 2015, Sergei Pavlov is offering assistance in studying and task planning via coaching over Skype, intended for the advanced students only. It can be viewed as an organizational tool for the student who needs monitoring and support such as practicing together with a master to improve their focus and efficiency while preparing for a competition or examination. In Sergei Pavlov's opinion Skype lessons cannot replace the face-to-face piano lessons in early stages, as teacher-student interaction is crucial for creating sound habits and good technique.

Debut Piano Studio's targeted audiences live mostly in the eastern areas of the GTA: Scarborough, North York, Markham. Students from Pickering, Ajax, Whitby will be welcome at the Ajax location, where the studio is equipped with a Yamaha C5 professional series grand piano.

The quality of a student's music instruction greatly influences their academic achievement. According to research, studying piano enhances a child's cognitive functions and improves memory and attention, as well as contributes to a higher IQ. Sergei Pavlov, a piano teacher educated at the renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and a brilliant performer himself, provides such high standards piano education and has a proven record of successful piano teaching in Toronto. He is the First Prize winner of the 1995  Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition. As a piano teacher, Sergei Pavlov holds a Master's Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

Sergei Pavlov applies his extensive teaching and performing experience by uniquely integrating Russian and North American elements of technique and expression and he is successfully combining tradition with research and novelty. Sergei Pavlov's piano lessons constantly lead to top results in Royal Conservatory of Music's piano examinations in Toronto and in piano competitions and music festivals across Greater Toronto Area. Such competitions include the ones at national level, such as the prestigious Canadian Music Competition, where an elite of music students from all over Canada compete each year. See the Students and Events pages for details.

Sergei Pavlov offers piano lessons to kids and adults alike, beginners or advanced, helping with preparations for RCM examinations or piano competitions. As a piano teacher in the Greater Toronto Area, Sergei Pavlov is also a member of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association).For highlights of Sergei Pavlov career as a piano lessons provider, as well as his concert pianist path, please visit the Piano Teacher page.

Piano studio's offerings

Rates for piano lessons in your home:

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Debut Piano Studio's policies

Yamaha grand piano professional series - C5

The home piano studio is equipped with a professional C5 Series Yamaha grand piano and a digital keyboard. It possesses digital recording equipment, digital music editing software, professional CD and DVD making capabilities.

Lessons schedule: The piano lessons  are delivered at the piano studio or at the piano student's home, according to a mutually agreed schedule, including during the weekends.

Payments for piano lessons are made at the beginning of each month and lessons cannot be skipped. In the event of piano lesson cancellation, advanced notification is required. Payment for a missed lesson will not be returned. One cancellation free of charge is allowed per semester if advanced notification is given.

Piano lessons duration: The piano teacher will suggest the length of the piano lesson based on the student's level and abilities, from 30 - 45 min for beginners to 60 min for the intermediate and advanced.

Piano practice is mandatory and the foundation of rapid advancement, and should take place daily. Practice time is based on individual piano education goals and skill level and it should be geared to master the weekly homework.
Ideally, the student would practice on an acoustic piano.

Piano recitals: They are enjoyable and motivating events and offer the additional experience of performing in public and increasing the self-confidence in preparation for music festivals and RCM examinations. All students are expected to participate in the studio's piano recitals, which take place twice a year.

Music scores and manuals: For convenience, books can be purchased by the piano teacher. Payment is due upon receipt.

Accompaniment: The piano teacher may be available to accompany a student in a competition or music festival public performance. Rehearsals need to be planned for.

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Piano lessons registration

The lessons' schedule will be established upon registration for piano classes. Piano students who take summer breaks will not have their time slot saved, as the registration for lessons is on a "first come, first served" basis. Potential students will be interviewed by the piano teacher free of charge. The interview is meant to evaluate the student's musical abilities, their degree of motivation, and reciprocally assessing the potential for a successful team collaboration between the student and the piano teacher. In addition, a trial lesson can be arranged - for a fee based on the piano lesson's duration. In case Sergei Pavlov's class is already full, the students will have the choice of either being placed on a waiting list, or to be recommended to a teaching associate.

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