For nearly ten years, Brayden has led an active studio, teaching over 100 students ranging from ages 4 and up. His students have ranged from complete beginners to experienced musicians. A certified teacher with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Drevlow is an accomplished educator on both piano and violin. Drevlow follows a lineage of teachers tracing back to Beethoven, Haydn, and Vivaldi - passing on that lineage to his students. Notably, in addition to years of experience teaching, he has fine-tuned his teaching method with famed music educator Randall Faber (founder of the authoritative piano-learning Faber Piano Series) . Drevlow pushes his students to do their best, all while maintaining humility, perseverance, and dedication. Drevlow is a premier educator in the Fargo-Moorhead area for aspiring young performers.
A family-oriented music educator, Drevlow is flexible with families and scheduling. Family discounts are available on a need basis. Coming from a large family with eight younger siblings, he is especially skilled and patient with children beginning music. Drevlow prepares his students for achievement, competitiveness, and life-long musical skills. As a result, almost all of his students complete lesson books 3 to 4 times faster than the average student. Drevlow gives his students a well-rounded music education, including performance, theory, music history, enhanced note recognition, and sight-reading. His students practice excellence in music through performances in public settings, masterclasses, and annual recitals.
Drevlow is a strong proponent of dedication and achievement through music, attributing those fundamental values to his own success as a professional musician. Drive for musical achievement has resulted in himself and his musical siblings:
Winning entire talent categories at Miss America as a pianist
Performing in prestigious All-State and All-National music ensembles
Performing in exclusive venues such as the Grand Ole Opry
Touring/performing around the nation for tens of thousands of people
Attending world-class music schools
Performing for Royalty and Presidents
Making careers out of musical passions
Drevlow encourages dedication to the process, humility in practice, and perseverance through difficulties. He instills these and other values in his students, giving them a firm footing for success in life and music.
Drevlow teaches both piano and violin lessons. Frequently Asked Questions are addressed below. For more information, please use the contact form.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child is old enough to begin music lessons? Generally, I would say that as long as they know the alphabet, they should be fine! In the early stages with young children, there's little to no reading. In the past, I have found this stage of development to be around age 4.
Should I start my child with half or full hour lessons? I would say that it depends on age. In my experience, kids age 6-7 and up should pursue full hour lessons to give them a good jumpstart into music. That's not to say that they can't begin with half hour lessons, but I recommend hour lessons. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis for the student's benefit.
Does my child need to have past musical experience? It is not required to have past musical experience. However, if your child has taken private lessons in the past or music class at school, let me know! Additionally, let me know if the parents have a musical past! It will help me gauge goals for the student.
Do I have to wait for an enrollment start date? There's no better time than the present! Students can begin lessons at any time of the year.
Do you offer any other discounts beside family discounts? I do offer discounted introductory lesson fees, if lesson tuition is a concern. The family discount applies to families with two or more students.
Do I need to find and buy lesson books? I take care of ordering all lesson books, just to ensure that it's the right book(s) and that we stay on track. All you will need to bring (for the first lesson) is a notebook.
Do I need to have a piano at home to begin lessons? It's hard to practice without an instrument, so I would recommend it! If cost is an issue when beginning piano, an electric piano will suffice for awhile. However, I would recommend upgrading to an acoustic (upright or grand) piano when possible. Simply put, acoustic pianos have an important weighted touch, unlike electric pianos. If looking for something quick and cheap, check Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace/Thrift Stores for free or cheap pianos in the area. While it may not be the world's best quality, it will get you by until you can finance or lease a higher quality piano. This is common among beginner pianists. Most local music stores have good quality pianos starting around a few hundred dollars, which you can upgrade to farther down the road.
My child is very involved in activities and sports like hockey. Can we still do lessons? Yes. In fact, many students in the studio are involved in a handful of extra-curriculars (especially hockey!). If there's a conflict with scheduled lessons, we can simply reschedule for that week. I pride the studio in flexibility for these types of scenarios.
Do you offer make-up lessons? Yes. The general aim is to reschedule lessons to another time/day in the week.
What if there is bad weather and I live out of town? I understand! We’ll treat it like any other day with conflicts and follow the reschedule plan. I won’t make you brave the blizzard!
How much is lesson tuition? Lesson tuition is $55/hour, $40/half hour, respectively. As aforementioned, the Studio offers family discounts. Please contact Brayden with further questions regarding lesson tuition.
Is lesson tuition due at every lesson? There is no requirement on specifically when lesson tuition is due, unlike nearly every other music program in the region. Specifically, lesson tuition is not required to be paid in full at the beginning of the semester. Coming from a big family, I find this very important to note! Almost every family in the studio goes on a monthly basis, though some prefer weekly schedules. We can figure out a plan that works best for you at our first lesson.
Where are lessons taught? Lessons are taught at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. It is a great performing space with a grand piano for students, teaching them how to successfully project their sound and prepare for concert-size rooms (as opposed to cramped practice rooms!). Instead of playing in a shy and trepidatious way, students are taught how to make a full, confident sound.
Are there any parking fees? No, parking is free.
Are parents required to sit-in on lessons? Parents are not required to sit-in on lessons, though you are welcome to! I especially recommend this for very young students so that parents can help in practicing at home, but after a certain age, students will be trained in how to practice effectively independently. While having lessons, parents/families are encouraged to relax in the lobby.
How much should my child be practicing? The easy answer is 2x-3x our lesson time. So if your child takes hour lessons, they should be practicing 2-3 hours outside of lessons. I like to tell my students that this (2x-3x) is much better than the collegiate equivalence…of minimum 10x! Broken down, it is roughly 20-30 minutes for 4-5 days per week. Obviously as we get older and progress into more difficult music, they may need more practice time. I say “roughly” because practice time is different for everyone. Some people are naturally quick learners, while others like to take their time. Even myself, I fall somewhere in the middle, preferring to take my time to catch tiny details. Students are taught how to set goals and personally determine how much work it will take to achieve said goals.
Do you have studio recitals? Yes! Near the end of every school year, students participate in a studio recital. For the recital, students perform on a 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano (which is like the Lamborghini of pianos). Each student performs at least two pieces. These recitals are free and open to the public. Students participate in Christmas recitals and the year-end Annual Recital.
What other opportunities are available to students? The list goes on and on, with exclusive performances, specialized workshops, duet pairings, guest instructors, and more.
What makes Drevlow Piano Studio different from other music programs? Not only do students receive high-level one-on-one instruction from top performers, but they succeed at a significantly faster rate than other music programs. The Studio is much more well-rounded in regards to character development for young musicians and kids in general. Flexibility and family-friendly aspects are paramount, and students learn how to effectively set and achieve goals.
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Fact: 20% of kids learn how to play music. 70% of adults wish they had.