On top of our *ABRSM core Piano Lessons, we strive to teach piano with a comprehensive plan with well structured and fun classes to enrich the learning experience - our mission statement.

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Private Lessons, please call to set up appointments (425.753.7796):

Balance development focus on 7 areas in 10 levels in playing the piano:
Technics, Repertoire, Theory, Aural, Sight Reading, Collaboration, Music Technology

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*Deposit of 50% of non refundable tuition fee at the time of registration. For Theory classes, please let us know if you need OliveLand Studio to registar the student for Exam. Thank You!

  Studio address: 8520, 122nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033      
  What classes should I take to enhance my piano experience?  

Theory Theory: music grammar (Freshman, Sophomore and Junior I, II and III) - match that with your piano levels. Preferably at least advance one grade per school year. Students could skip to Theory III if they have reached Gd 3 and 4 ABRSM practical grades. Students could integrate individual theory lessons with class lessons in the process of advancing the grades.

Theory Theory: music grammar (Senior Grade IV and V) - Advance Theory concepts. Detail homework required. Prerequisite for International senior grades 6, 7 and 8 in any instruments.

aural Auralia Class - ABRSM Aural Training. Offer 8 to 10 weeks before each session of test. All levels.

gym Kodaly Gym - First step in piano. Comprehensive introduction to piano with Kodaly method, ear training and note reading.

* NEW : Adult Piano - (Piano Players Ensemble) - No prior musical experience necessary.  Start playing music from the first lesson. For self enrichment. Learn to read music and help your kids practicing at home at ease. See details below.

music tech Sibelius (dynamic music notational and composing tool) - good for students who are 12 years or above or have reached Theory Gd 4 level., (requirement if students want to enroll in ABRSM Grade 6 Theory - used for submitting music homework esp. music in Baroque, Classical period and choral writings). Also suitable for students who has taken Music Tech GarageBand I.

music tech GarageBand I & II- Introduction to this powerful music composition and production software - good for students who have started piano 2 -3 years starting at age 8 or 9., classes will be grouped to different age ranges. (Age 8-10., 11 - 13 and 14 and above.) It's a useful tool for further school projects and all kinds of presentations which involves music composition and production.

Ensemble, jingles, ringtones, simple game music. Further the knowledge of GarageBand I to more extensive projects integrating Sibelius with GarageBand. Suggested for students who are in Theory Grade 4 or 5 and have taken GarageBand I.

music tech LogicPro - Music Tech III - professional layerings, sound design, bigger scale projects with multi media usages). For students who have taken GarageBand II and have passed Theory Grade 5. This is a highly professional music production software which requires creative and self motivated projects.

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On Going Current Classes:


**Summer 2016**

Theory ii Theory Classes - Music Grammar Get international certified for your Music Theory. Junior and advance levels up to Diploma levels, AP music courses, ABRSM syllabus, theory lessons helps in writing music, interpreting music,* equipped with individual iPads and latest musical softwares to enhance the learning experience.

Freshman/ Sophomore Theory Class for young students (Level 1 solid introduction) - for ABRSM Grade 1 international Theory Test
Beginners of theory. (prefer ABRSM practical Grade 1 or 2 passed).
*new RT1A (10 hours) Saturday 1:15 to 2:30 pm (Apr 1, 8, 22, 29., May 6, 13, 20., Jun 3) 8 times/10 hours $200 (avg $20 per hour) - for Jun 10, 2017 Theory Exam
RT1B (10 hours) TBA if needed

Sophomore Theory Class (Level 2)- * for beginners of Theory: Recommend age 8 or above (Covers Grade 1 and 2 materials) - for ABRSM Grade 2 Theory Test
RT2A (10 hours) SUNDAY 3:30 to 4:45 pm (Apr 2, 9, 23, 30., May 7, 14, 21., Jun 4) 8 times/10 hours $220 (avg $22 per hour) - for Jun 101, 2017 Theory Exam
RT2B (10 hours) TBA if needed

Intermediate Theory Class Fast Track (Level 3) - for older beginners of Theory: age 10 or above (Quick review of Gd 1, 2 and covers all of Grade 3 materials) - for ABRSM Grade 3 International Theory Test
*new FT3A (10 hours) SUNDAY 12:30 to1:45 pm (Apr 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7 14, 21., Jun 4) 8 times/10 hours $220 (avg $22 per hour) - for Jun 10, 2017 Theory Exam
RT3A (10 hours) TBA if needed

Senior Theory Class (Level 4) - for ABRSM Grade 4 International Theory Test
*new RT4A (10 hours) SUNDAY 2:00 to 3:15 pm (Apr 2, 9, 23, 30., May 7, 14, 21., Jun 4 ) 8 times/10 hours $250 (avg $25 per hour) - for Jun 10, 2017 Theory Exam
RT4B (10 hours) TBA if needed

Senior Theory Class (Level 5) - for ABRSM Grade 5 International Theory Test
Senior grades level in piano playing is required. Knowledge with Sibelius preferred. Theory knowledge of Grade 4 as perequisite. Intense class.)
*new RT5A (12.5 hours) SUNDAY 3:15 to 4:45 pm (Apr 2, 9, 23, 30., May 7, 14, 21., Jun 4) 8 times/10 hours $300 (avg $25 per hour) - for Jun 10, 2017 Theory Exam

Advance ABRSM Grade 6 Theory - for ABRSM Grade 6 Theory test (for preparation to DipABRSM teacher diploma/ grade 7, 8 or above in piano)
*new RT6A please email the studio.

Advance ABRSM Grade 7 Theory - for ABRSM Grade 7 Theory test (for preparation to DipABRSM teacher diploma/ grade 8 or above)
1 1/2 hours each session *basic knowledge of Sibelius is required for students in this class. Students have to pass Grade 6 Theory to attend this class.
RT7A *email the studio. Class will start after Grade 6.

Advance ABRSM Grade 8 Theory - for ABRSM Grade 8 Theory test (for preparation to DipABRSM Diplomas/ grade 8 or above)
1 1/2 hours each session *basic knowledge of Sibelius is required for students in this class. Students have to pass Grade 7 Theory to attend this class.
RT8A *email the studio the studio. Class starting anytime thoughout the year.

*Please email the studio if you'd like to suggest some theory class time, as always we'd try our best to group you together with others of the same levels' if our suggested time don't fit. *Thery class tuition rate does not include theory exercise books, exam entry fee, text book, past exam papers.

*Enquire about our special designed Skype Theory Online lessons !

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Auralia Junior and Advance Auralia Advance Aural training class - for ABRSM advance grade Aural part III exam preparation. Step by step aural training materials is provided.

The class is progressed in topics (focusing on each topic for 2 - 3 weeks in rotation, from introductory to advance):

1 Mapping the notes in multiple layers in singing
2 Realizing difference cadences and their sound and feel.
3 Sight singing and its technique.
4 Modulations
5 Listening and describing music with understanding of 7 factors
6 Mapping different layers of rhythms in Sight Reading

*SM01, SM02, SM03 - OliveLand Saturday Musicales* ABRSM Aural Training Classes are held regularly throughout the year, please check our Saturday Musicales Page for schedule and levels $12 per class.

Next Class: Apr 1, 2017

Summer Auralia *Uncover your creativity thru SINGING (Singing Class for Pianists)
PROJECTING THE VOICE, INTONATION, MUSIC EXPRESSIVENESS (Aural skills, music interpretation, score reading and confidence building)
Heidi V (Seattle Opera professional, master in Voice)/ Tatiana Kruse (B Mus graduate w Voice Major, musical play director)
*new SS01 2017 Summer ONE WEEK (daily 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Junior grades 1- 5) total 4 hours $100
*new SS02 2017 Summer ONE WEEK (Tues - Fri) daily 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. (senior grades 6- Dip) total 4 hours $100
*new SS03 2017 Summer ONE WEEK (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri) 11:00 to 12:00 (senior grades 6- Dip) total 4 hours $100

Summer JAM *join the most fun summer camp to train your Sight Reading, technique of playing with others, gain new friends, train your confidence and at the same time having FUN. (Rhythm Cup Training also includes in the camp). Performance opportunities end of camp, speical recitals and next year's SpringJam. (**students could also join the afternoon pm time Music Technology and Composition Camp after the Summer Jam* in the morning).

*new SJ01 2017 Summer (TBA) ONE WEEK daily 10:00 to 12:00 noon (ABRSM grades 1- 4) 10 hours
*new SJ02 2017 Summer (TBA) ONE WEEK daily 10:00 to 12:00 noon (ABRSM grades 4- 8) 10 hours

*new AA01B - *Spring Advance Auralia* - ABRSM Grade 7- 8 students ABRSM Exam preparation. (maximum 8 per class)
Dates: Apr 2, 9 (11:15 to 12:30 pm) / Apr 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 (2:00 to 3:15 pm) we might have one or two extra lessons added after starting of the class. (those extra dates are TBA)
($30.00 per class)


kodaly First Step in piano - comprehensive introduction to piano with KODALY method - Explore note values, rhythmic patterns, keyboard geography and music reading - keyboard gym format with percussion ensemble games. Complete foundation and one of the best kind of keyboard preparation class before formal piano lessons and easing into International ABRSM syllabus exam developed by the studio. For kids just starting piano or are preparing to start piano (4-5/ 5-6 years of age).

Meeting time: Saturday 12:15 or/ and 12:30 noon

Session I - 12 lessons (45 mins each) $30 per class

Session II - 12 lessons (continuation of Session I) $30 per class

*Special 6 lessons' summer beginning Introduction to Kodaly Gym Session. (*summer speical beginners rate 6 classes $160.00)

Class starting anytime thoughout the year.

**email the studio if you'd like to join our beginning group piano class or to form your own group of beginner class

We are using Kodaly method to start piano as it's one of the most adapted system esp. in Europe and Asia. A breakdown of Kodaly elements:

Unaccompanied Singing
Rhythm Work
Relative Sol-fa and Hand-sign Work
Stick-Notation(Musical Shorthand Notation)
Memory Development
Part Work
Singing Games
Musical Dictation
Musical Activities


* NEW: Adult Piano - (Piano Players Ensemble)

No prior musical experience necessary.  Start playing music from the first lesson. For self enrichment. Learn to read music and help your kids practicing at home at ease.

Basics of keyboard
Learn how chords and escales are formed
Basic rhythmic signs
Essential important concepts and terms in music theory
Jam of favorite pieces with the class

At the end of the 10 lessons, you can play the following tunes.

  • Sun-up
  • Lavender
  • Love Song
  • Saturday Night
  • Boogie
  • Feelin’ Groovy
  • Barcarolle
  • Ode to Joy
  • Marianne
  • Hand Over Hand
  • Rumba
  • Shall We Gather at the River

Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
10 times / avg $35.00 per hour *Class starting anytime thoughout the year.

  music tech Composing thru Music Technology : Garage Band, Sibelius and LogicPro bring out the creative composer that dwells within each student - musical forms and composition basics: Apple platforms and iPad apps

Garage Band - In depth learning of how great songs are made. Learning song formats and styles while exploring this excellent Pattern-based softwares in a step by step format and enjoy the fun in writing your own music. Students will have the chance to upload their music to the internet and share their final projects. Great for students of music, up to senior levels, preparing for multi media projects at school / in the real world by using their composing music knowledge. Fees include addition computer lab time, free iPads, midi keyboards and synthesizers use. 5 students max per class.

Sibelius - for writing, playing, printing and publishing music notation. We are using the same versions as Universities and Colleges use. Class will be formed for training in this award winning music notational software. This 5 basic training sessions will get you fully prepared with basic elements to start with whatever projects in the future.

Topics includes:

  • Setting up the score (instruments, style, time signature, tempo, key signature)
  • Using Keypad to input notes and rests
  • Adding accidental, staccato, slur, accent etc
  • Transposing the bars up and down
  • Change durations of notes for publishing
  • Input midi to Sibelius
  • Add lyrics to existing project
  • To learn how to make the score look “pretty”, completely fix a 'messy' score.
  • To add dynamics for your project

Students will get the chance to construct a simple score, input midi and make a short score including transposition to correct a messy score of midi input into a published ready score.

Sibelius web site Review of Sibelius in New York Magazine Sibelius Music Web Site (find, share and publish music scores)  

"An incredible aspect of what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.' Pat Metheny (Grammy award winning composer and guitarist)
' A superb notation and composing tool.' Steve Reich (America's greatest living composer, Village Voice)

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Music Technology and Composing - GarageBand/ Sibelius (GarageBand - beginning music composition, sound design and basic structure of music. Sibelius - music notation usage, multi dimension scorings)

Music Tech level 1
STT501 Tech Summer Camp Class pm time *DAILY 1 - 2 pm Sibelius/ 2:30 - 3:30 pm GarageBand Music Production
MT501 School Year - Individual $45., Class $25 (hourly) *Class starting anytime thoughout the year.

Music Tech level 2 (Music Tech II - ensemble, jingles, ringtones, simple game music)
STT502 Tech Saturday Summer Camp Class (whole day) 10 - 12 pm Sibelius 1 - 4 pm GarageBand Music Production. $160
MT502 School Year - Individual $45., Class $25 (hourly) *Class starting anytime thoughout the year.

Music Tech level 3 (Music Tech III - Logic Pro: professional layerings, sound design, cool projects with multi media usages)
MT503 School Year - Individual $45., Class $25 (hourly) *Class starting anytime thoughout the year.

Some of the projects students have done: To be updated

*The computer lab and all iPads is free for use for all students who joined our classes and OliveLand students. Come in and enjoy the creative experience!


camp Inspire The Next Generation Events - Speical workshops and events from visiting pianists, composers and international International Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music examiners

*Steinway Artist Prof Caio Pagano Workshops, Masterclass and Interactive Recitals. April 18, 19, 2015.** ON LINE REGISTER HERE*!


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Inspire the Next Generation Past Events organized by OliveLand Studio:

2015 June: ABRSM WA State Music Teacher workshop - presenting honorable examiner Richard Storry (May 21, 2015)

2014 May: Michael Hancock Spring Training May 31st, 2014 Saturday - REGISTER HERE

2014 June: Christopher Norton Piano Camp - Jun 19, 20, 21, 22, 2014 (Thursday to Sunday) REGISTER HERE Introduction to Chris Norton

2013 June: Christopher Norton piano camp - Jun 21, 22, 23, 2013 (Friday to Sunday)

2012 Dec: Christopher Norton event report December 2012*

2012 March: Dr. Kathleen Riley workshop and private assessment sessions (past event)

2012 June: Michael Hancock workshops, masterclasses and private lessons (past event)

  recital Concert/ Rehearsal Space please call or email the studio for booking of practice time or / rehearsal on the ABRSM exam piano. Recital space available. Book early!
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Class time is subject to change, please call to confirm your time and registration.