Piano Lessons in Indianapolis

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Sophia Gorlin has taught piano lessons in Indianapolis for 24 years. Her motto, “quality over quantity,” encapsulates her teaching approach. In her piano lessons, Mrs. Gorlin gives each student the unique materials and instruction he or she needs based on her assessment of the student’s understanding and abilities.

Methodology and Materials

Mrs. Gorlin believes that piano playing is primarily "brain work"—not just finger work—and that the musical language is largely analogous to verbal language (phrasing), logic (thematic development), and mathematics (counting, square structures). Developing a student’s ability to efficiently read and understand the musical language is an essential ingredient of successful piano instruction and is therefore a central focus of Mrs. Gorlin’s teaching method.

In developing piano technique, the instructor follows the most comprehensible methods of the Russian School of Piano Playing which is one of the best piano schools in the world. Mrs. Gorlin offers combination of her own unique materials, the materials adopted from Russian piano books and the Russian School of Piano Playing series of books. All materials are in English language.

The uniqueness of Mrs. Gorlin’s approach to her students’ “musical upbringing” is that it works not only for “promising” students who plan to become professional musicians, but also for any “average” students who take the lessons seriously, dedicate their time and effort to practice and want to explore the art of music, specifically classical piano music, in depth before they go to college. For such students, no matter which profession they later choose, the love for music becomes an important part of their lives.

“What a wonderful comprehensive approach to learning piano! So excited to have found you and methods! I really want to understand music theory, and solfege, and ear training. Piano lessons along with deep understanding sounds perfect! What depths of gratitude I feel for your knowledge. Love it and think it perfect, for it encompasses everything I wanted with my whole heart and soul!”

—Stacy Flanagan

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Recommendations for successful piano study:

Sample Materials

Click below for samples of "Princess" pages that illustrate the Note by Note approach to reading notes for young beginners.

| Note C | Note D | Note E |
| Note F | Note G | Note A |
| Note B |

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  • Students should have access to a well-tuned acoustic piano at home for practice. Read about the instrument recommended by the instructor here.
  • Parental support and participation are strongly encouraged, particularly for beginners who may have difficulty adjusting to the requirements of musical training. Read about parental support and participation here.
  • Regular lessons and regular practice between lessons will facilitate steady improvement. Duration of lessons is suggested by the instructor depending on the age/level of a student. Read about suggested lesson times here.
  • Practicing classical repertoire will enable the steady development of professional piano technique.
  • Practicing original arrangements of repertoire rather than simplified arrangements will enable more rapid progress.
  • After the first year of study, students are strongly encouraged to participate in piano recitals and competitions in order to gain experience in stage performance. Read about participation in recitals and competitions here.
  • Students are encouraged to listen to recordings and, from time to time, attend public concerts, master classes, and other musical events in order to develop musical listening experience.

Mrs. Gorlin is currently accepting piano students—children and adults—of all levels. For more information, please contact Mrs. Gorlin. « back to top