The piano is considered to be part of both the percussion family and the string family. The sound is produced by a hammer that hits a string hence its duality in the two families. It is also one of the more unique instruments in that it can be used as an accompanimental instrument as well as a solo instrument. Normally it is not considered a "social" instrument because of its sheer size, it is difficult for many rooms to house more than one. It is not as easy to carry "your own" instrument and play at social functions. However, pianos as instruments and unfortunately in many homes, furniture, are rather prolific and having ones fingers is often all you need to impress a room full of listeners. Lastly, because of its ability to provide such a wide spectrum of sound, one can play both a bass and a treble part and essentially doesn't need another part to be complete. Bravura Music Academy offers an alternative to these "social" problems with its instruction on keyboards for the early learner. These instruments are much less expensive than an acoustic piano and are easy to carry to a social function. Our introductory and beginning levels are taught in a group lesson format where students are taught the fundamentals of music reading, rhythmic notation, finger positions, agility, solo and ensemble repertoire. Our keyboard lab offers the ability to teach these fundamentals in a more fun and "social" environment than more traditional approaches. The use of our electronic keyboards allow children to explore the technological world of computers and music. The choices available to make the piano sound like a violin, guitar or orchestra are limitless. They also enjoy the various drum beats that they can use to accompany their music. This adds a more exciting approach to keeping time with a metronome. In addition to the pre-recorded sounds and tracks within our keyboards, Todays electric keyboard music comes with compatible software including tutorial and accompanimental tracks, to have your beginner student sounding like a pro in no time. Children can also learn how to sequence three to four parts so that they can create, compose, improvise and record their work! Children are encouraged to progress at their own rate and are moved to groups that compliment their present levels. This is a marvelous way to begin your child's adventure into the world of music, through the introduction to the keyboard. However, we also believe that there is no substitute to learning how to play on an acoustic piano. The technique and difference in touch as well as pedaling, are areas that we don't want to ignore. As the students, advance in their basic skills, they are encouraged to take private lessons on our acoustic pianos, in order to well round their playing and performance skills. At this time, a student should have an acoustic piano upon which to practice these very different and uncomparable skills.