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Teaching piano and voice
to students, ages 3 to 99

Smith-Tyler Piano Studio



Private professional piano and voice, for ages 3 to 99. To schedule lessons, please contact us.

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My Bio

Ms. Smith-Tyler performed Latin jazz with bands throughout South Florida, click here for more.



Experience student performances at recitals through pictures and recordings. 



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Professional Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons for All Ages

Philippa Smith-Tyler believes you’re never too young or old to learn piano or learn to sing. She teaches many kinds of music in her voice lessons and piano lessons, including Gospel, Classical, Jazz and Latin. She starts teaching students as early as ages 3.

Lessons are typically once a week for 30 minutes, although other arrangements can be made. The lesson fee is based on one dollar per minute with a 30-minute lesson being $30, payable in advance.

Piano instruction texts include one or more of the following books: John W. Schaum Theory Lessons, Leila Fletcher Theory Papers, Scales by David Hirschberg, Scales and Arpeggio studies, Hanon Exercises, Daily Exercises by Edna Mae Burnam and Czerny Exercises. Other materials may be used depending on the musical genre and experience level of the student.

A venerable legend has become part of the folklore of music: A New Yorker (or in some versions Arthur Rubinstein) is approached in the street near Carnegie Hall, and asked, "Pardon me sir, but how do I get to Carnegie Hall?" He replies, "Practice, practice, practice."

Similarly, Ms. Smith-Tyler expects her students to practice every day. She knows not every student is self-motivated to practice and has methods and suggestions to get them practicing.

  • Beginners under the ages of five must practice at least 10 minutes each day. 
  • Beginners older than five years of ages must practice 20 minutes each day. 
  • For intermediate students, 30 to 45 minutes of practice is needed per day. 
  • For advanced students, one to two hours of practice is required.

All piano students must have a piano or an electric keyboard with at least five octaves in their residence. At the end of each lesson, the student’s assignment is written in an assignment book and parents are encouraged to review each assignment for an understanding of what should be accomplished between lessons.

To arrange lessons, please contact us.

Summer 2013 Lessons

Register NOW for Summer Saturday Music Lessons at the Maryland, Studio. Go to the CONTACT THE STUDIO page to register. Six-week and eight-week sessions offered. Sessions will begin on Saturday, June 23rd. Time slots are going fast! Special discounts for referrals. During the week, evening lessons offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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