If you have a child that shows a desire to play music, foster that desire with our online piano lessons. Guiding that music to come out may very well be the best thing you’ve ever done for them. Studying music is proven to enhance a child’s academic abilities, cultivate social skills, discipline, and patience, boost self-esteem, and opens a window for them into other cultures.
Are you a beginning student who doesn’t know where to start? Have you hit a plateau with your instrument and aren’t sure how to move past and through that plateau so you can advance? As adults, we often feel it’s too late to become the musician we’ve always wanted to be. It is never too late. You can start right here, right now and make that instrument come alive with our online piano lessons!
Every musician comes to a point in their journey where they want to go deeper, understand more fully, the magnitude of their instrument and the music itself. To work with a mentor regarding the ‘hows and whys’ of music theory and technique will propel you into a new level of mastery and creative impact. Our online piano lessons or music theory lessons are a great way to achieve this. You will have more confidence, more creative options and up your overall fluency in the language of music.
So You Want To Be a Better Player?
Learning music on your own or through YouTube videos can lead to poor form, slow progress, and bad technique that can cause chronic injury. We don’t know what we don’t know. Teaching ourselves can lend itself to huge gaps in our knowledge and ability to play.
What Is IT That We Want As Musicians?
• To express ourselves fully
• Take pride in our skill and creativity
• To be confident and dynamic
• Interact with other musicians
• To communicate with, and impact our audience
In order to reach these goals, we need the guidance and mentoring from a skilled and dedicated teacher who not only understands the importance of your ambitions, but who has also ‘been there’ traversing every road a musician walks down.
Maybe you’ve been reluctant to work with a teacher.
All too often, a typical music lesson goes like this: A student drives to the teacher’s studio. They are excited to be learning their favorite Justin Bieber song (or Steve Vai solo!) and are met by an unenthusiastic teacher who only wants to teach them the next Bach Cantata from the book they made the student buy. We love Bach here at Sonic Alchemy U, but that’s not necessarily what a student wants to learn! You choose your own musical adventure with our online piano and music lessons.
There must be another way!
You’re right! There is another way! And you have come to the right place! With Sonic Alchemy U’s online music lessons, you can undoubtedly reach your musical goals!
By studying with us, you will get a professional, seasoned musician who understands the drive and passion to learn music. No matter what your style is: rock, pop, jazz, classical, folk, instrumental, or jam bands.
Hi, I am Dorian Britton, founder of Sonic Alchemy U. Out of my own desire to learn a variety of styles and techniques I developed my own method of teaching. My method integrates fun and excitement by building on the student’s interests while teaching the essential aspects of music. My system of online piano lessons & online music lessons provides a sophisticated education which allows the student to play freely with confidence and to get out of the way when the creative muse arrives within themselves.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
-William Butler Yeats
It is time for your creative spark to ignite!
Students want and need a unique, fresh approach to learning music. It is my passion to deliver this to you! With my online piano lessons & online music lessons, I have discovered that students learn faster, engage deeper, and are inspired to continue exploring their capabilities.
As musicians, we practice technique to get our fingers to go where we want them to go. We study theory to understand where they can go and why. My method guarantees an eclectic musical education that allows the student to confidently play freely and give room for when that visionary flare lights up inside them!
I balance what a student wants to learn with the necessary tools to succeed as a diverse and masterful musician.
With the right training you’ll be able to:
• Bask in the fullness of your creative expression
• Play ripping runs at lightning speed
• Connect with other musicians
• Read and translate music
• Build an extensive vocabulary of chords
• Get those songs out of your head and play them out loud
• Develop ear training so you can play the songs you hear on the radio, identify chords, melody and rhythm.
4 Myths That are Preventing You From Being a Better Musician
IT WILL TAKE ME TOO LONG TO LEARN TO PLAY AS AN ADULT.
Music theorists have engaged in extensive research regarding the perceivable difference in adult and child music students. This ‘learning gap’ in cognitive acuity, percipience and muscle memory training is rooted in the amount of time spent playing an instrument as well as finding ways to mindfully release the mental load most adults carry in order to be fully present in the learning process. Good news for our adult learners, playing and listening to music reduces stress and balances brain waves such that the mind and body can be more receptive to learning in every area of life. By studying music you will be forging new paths for cognitive function and reducing physiological stress responses in the body.
Additionally, music stimulates almost every area of the brain, especially those associated with memory. When used as melodic intonation therapy, it has the power to heal and compensate for damaged areas in the brain and to delay or prevent memory loss related disorders.
Do not fall into the trap of believing that because you are an adult you will be unable to learn to play an instrument. With my online piano lessons, music can be learned and played at any age and time in your life. As an adult learner, you can make measured strides and develop a skill that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
There are many studies that prove the regenerating power of music, as related to cognitive health and the effect it can have on improving your mood, memory, sleep patterns. With my online piano lessons and online music lessons you can build a strong core practice similar to moving meditation while learning something new.
IT WILL MAKE MY LIFE MORE HECTIC.
With my online piano lessons & online music lessons, you can actually reduce stress in your life and have a healthy mental workout that can benefit your physiology. Studies have shown that listening and playing music has the ability to release dopamine, the chemical responsible for a number of positive benefits to the body. It helps to increase your mental focus and improve sleep patterns.
There are many studies that prove the regenerating power of music, as related to cognitive health and the effect it can have on improving your mood and memory.
MUSIC THEORY IS DIFFICULT.
1+1 = 2, 2 x 4 = 8 (not so difficult after all!)
While music theory does involve “working things out” (like a typical math problem), it is best to approach it by “how things work.”
Many people have the impression that music theory is all about making calculations. What it’s really all about it is seeing just how big the preverbal universe is, and our place within it.
With my online piano lessons & online music lessons, I explain music theory as the reason behind the beauty of the melodies and harmonies you are hearing or playing on your instrument.
YOU NEED TO PRACTICE EVERY DAY.
The truth is, you don’t. Regular, focused practice is necessary if you want to learn quickly and effectively. It is also vital to take breaks to allow for the integration of your muscles and brain.
Pursuing other activities or creative endeavors will allow for this important aspect of the learning process and will keep you motivated and excited. There is nothing wrong with skipping practice when necessary or desired. Music is an endeavor of mind, body and soul and will teach you to listen to those unique needs.
For those who wish to keep a schedule without creating burnout, practice can include many variations. Listening to music in a new way, breathing, stretching, and taking care of your body is all a part of our practice as musicians. It keeps us inspired, supple, flexible, strong and it sends oxygen to all the right places. With our online piano lessons & online music lessons, studying music will not be a chore. It will to enhance the quality of your well-being and creativity.
How Can Our Online Piano Lessons & Online Music Lessons Help You?
Instruments We Offer Classes In
Composition & Theory
Sonic Alchemy U offers a unique musical education system. Choose from three levels of service based on your needs and budget. Each package uses my creative training methods with increased personalization at each level. No matter where you are at we understand that every student learns and integrates in their own unique way and we strive to customize all our lesson packages to fit your personal needs so that you become fluent in the language of music that wants to flow through you.
With our online piano lessons & online music lessons our goal is to inspire discovery, spark your creative expression and keep it alive and thriving.
We instill a love of learning and a deep connection to the wellspring of passion and potential already inside of you as well as the confidence to pursue it.
Packages to propel you into the musician you KNOW you can be!
How can our online piano lessons & online music lessons help ignite the passion inside you?
- What You Get: Weekly video lesson courses with instructor Dorian Britton delivered to you via email. You’ll have great, engaging content that will progress you through some of the best lesson books, techniques and music available.
- What You’ll Learn: This is an ongoing online program that is all-encompassing and customizable based on interest and skill level. Designed as a stand alone program you will learn the basics of your instrument, reading music, hand positions, chords and harmony all the way up through soloing and advanced improvisation techniques.
- How It Works: You’ll have the opportunity to tell us about yourself and your playing so that we can place you accordingly with email and community support through The Lab.
What You Get: You’ll have one live lesson with Dorian per month where you will receive individual instruction in addition to accessing weekly video lesson courses. You’ll have great, engaging content that will progress you through some of the best lesson books, techniques and music available!
What You’ll Learn: Strategizing your music path based on interest and present skill level, lessons are designed to give you all the tools for competent musical mastery. Lesson availability and progression move from beginner basics, reading music, instrument care, hand positions, chords and harmony all the way up through soloing and advanced improvisation techniques. Start where you are at and finish like a pro!
How It Works: You’ll have the opportunity to tell us about yourself and your playing so that we can place you accordingly. Pre-recorded lessons are delivered weekly via e-mail. Monthly live sessions are scheduled individually with Dorian in his multi-camera studio.
What You Get: Weekly one on one lessons with Dorian, entirely personalized for your music education path.
What You’ll Learn: Custom-tailored lessons addressing the music and performance styles which interest you. Building from your present skill level Dorian will lead you through the basics of your instrument, reading music, hand positions, basic chords and harmony all the way up through soloing and advanced improvisation techniques.
How It Works: You’ll meet virtually with Dorian in his multi-camera studio once per week. During our first lesson, you’ll have the opportunity to tell him about yourself and your playing needs and aspirations. You will receive an immediate assessment of your current skill level so that you can develop great habits or improve present ones from the start.
Still Have Questions?
Get in touch by email to schedule a time to talk or chat to have all of your questions answered.
About Your Instructor
At two years old, I discovered the piano and began to play. This was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with everything ‘music.’ My passion for the piano set in motion an insatiable thirst to know and understand its nature, how it impacts the world and how music crosses all language barriers into a world of universal communication.
I learned the cello, bass, guitar, drums, violin, and my own voice as a musical instrument. I studied fervently, the history of music, theory, and the methods to use to achieve musical goals, both technically and creatively.
I learned many genres and techniques dating back through the Renaissance and the Baroque era, all the way up to modern music. This deep delve has made me who I am today: a nationally recognized composer for film and television, an instrumentalist, a songwriter, an audio engineer, a constant evolving student of the endless realms of musical journeying, and a skilled and dedicated teacher for anyone who dreams of learning music.
What Others are Saying About Us
Our two boys, now 8 and 10 years old, have been taking lessons with Dorian now for about 3 years. First, we did face to face lessons in a studio, now we do online lessons and are quite pleased with their progress. They are learning to think and act like musicians.
Anyone can teach a kid to play a song. Dorian, however, goes much further in his approach to teaching. The kids develop the mindset of a musician. He teaches them to respect their instruments and take care of them. He also pushes the kids to grow and try more complex tasks. When he has them put all these tasks together, where they once were just playing notes, now they are playing music. Their eyes light up when they see how it all comes together, and they want to work to improve even more.
Another area we’ve been impressed with is his ability to senses when our kids’ moods are not conducive to learning, and he works with that to bring fun and levity back into the lessons. He impresses upon them, and us as parents, that the learning experience should be enjoyable.
Oh, and if you haven’t heard about his Rock Band Camp, check it out! Our kids went this past summer and it truly upped their game and opened their eyes to what it is like to be part of a band. We hope to do it again if offered.
Overall, Dorian and 1452 Foundry offer a unique learning environment for future musicians. We have been very pleased with our kids’ progress over the last couple of years.
Dorian is an exceptional musician and teacher. He has the personality and skills to keep kids focused and excited about learning. Our 8 year old daughter is one of Dorian’s students. We are very pleased with our daughter’s progress and I love hearing the high level of fun she and Dorian have, during guitar lessons. Dorian’s professional style is very approachable and I would recommend him for kids or adults.
I have been taking lessons from Dorian since January and I am so impressed! He is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of music that I want to study. He is also very patient and able to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. I highly recommend him if you truly want to be successful.
Sonic Alchemy LLC
Sonic Alchemy is my vision for all of my creative endevours. It stands for a place where music is forged from raw emotion. A place where inspiration meets creativity. The alchemy of sound and life... Music transforms us.
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