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Why Promethean?

Why Promethean?

Personalization

At Promethean Studios, we understand that not every student who walks through our doors wants the same thing. Some of our students are professionals or aspiring professionals, hoping to hone their craft to a world-class level. Some of our students are young and just want to be able to enjoy the personal fulfillment that comes from playing good music. Other students are adults that want to pick up a new instrument, or become reacquainted with an old one that they used to play.

No matter the background or the goals of the student, Promethean Studios’ teachers want to help you succeed in creating and recreating music. That’s why we’re committed to personalizing our lessons to work for all the different kinds of students that learn at Promethean Studios. With our lessons, you set your goals and we help you achieve them in the best way we know how.

Enjoyment

At Promethean have a simple belief: music is awesome. And if music is awesome, then learning it should be fun! Music is about bringing joy to the player as much as the listener, and that applies to everyone from seasoned professionals to the 5-year-olds in their first lessons. We believe that if learning can’t be accomplished using encouragement, empathy, and friendliness, then it is simply not worth doing. That’s not to say that our students don’t work hard-they just love doing it so much that it doesn’t feel like a chore! But at Promethean Studios, your joy and your learning go hand-in-hand. If you’re not enjoying your lessons, then you won’t learn as quickly, so we make sure to keep it fun!

Progress

Our music teaching is all about using the techniques that allow you to learn the most you can in the most effective amount of time. We believe in continually bringing our students further on their musical journey and get them to make music as soon as possible. Our instructors leave nothing useful behind and bring nothing useless along, so you can be sure that each and every technique you’re taught is deliberately created to develop your skills as strongly and effectively as possible. Our teaching is results-oriented, so we encourage our students to make goals that we can push them toward. Once we reach those goals, our students will make new ones! Our hope is that you’ll always leave a lesson knowing that you’ve developed a little further in your skills and knowledge.

Relevance

While we love and respect the music of the past, from Bach to B.B. King, we recognize that the students of today want to learn how to make the music that speaks to them, the music that they listen to on the radio and sing in the shower. That’s why our lessons are centered on the principles and theory of music-those principles are as active in a Beethoven piece as they are in a One Direction song. There might be different techniques, but ultimately we believe that our students learn best when they’re using what they love. Our lessons apply the foundational lessons found in classical compositions to the music of today, so our students learn the fundamentals without sacrificing the enjoyment of listening to the music they already enjoy.

Excellence

Most music teaching studios are a boutique model, which means the teachers are independent of each other in their teaching methods and philosophy. At Promethean Studios, we combine the strengths of each of our amazing teachers with a curriculum designed to give you quality teaching enriched by the knowledge and experience of your instructors, all of whom are passionate career musicians who are constantly teaching themselves. With this approach, you can be sure that you’re going to receive consistent, high-quality music education. In addition to that, we will teach you how to practice effectively by giving you the tools and resources to identify your own weaknesses and practice in order to focus on them. The result? You get better much, much faster.

Personal Success

Success looks like different things to different people, but we believe that our students’ excellence is found in fulfilling the goals and standards that they set for themselves. No matter whether you want to be a casual player, advanced student, performing professional, or move from one category to the other, we will equip you with everything you need to become a truly great musician. The only thing deciding how far you take your music is your own ambition.

ABOUT PROMETHEAN

The studio: Promethean Studios, with two locations in Plano and Richardson, was founded in 1991 by Mark Black and offers beginner through professional level lessons, in all styles of music, on guitar, piano, drums and percussion, voice, keyboard, bass, sax, flute, oboe, music composition, song writing, music theory, praise and worship, and other areas. Promethean Studios also offers bands in many different styles of music. We have taught thousands of students from around the world. By using skilled, personable teachers, emphasizing music theory and instrumental and vocal technique, and allowing students to play and sing music they love, we've created an atmosphere of excellence, accomplishment, and enjoyment. We have a high success ratio with our students because they learn techniques that work, they understand music and how to make it work for them, and they get to play the music they like. The teaching methods developed by Mark Black produce consistent improvement, skill, and quality, while being fun. And that's a good thing.

Teaching Methods: Our methods teach people to become great and learn as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality and thoroughness. Our students become musicians, singers, and players, not just people who take endless lessons. And they get to play and sing the music they love while learning correct techniques. A correct technique is something that produces the best results the most quickly; we abandon any technique that cannot be shown to produce practical results, even if that technique has been used for hundreds of years. We're so successful with our students that every single picture with a person in it on our advertisements, posters, and even this website is either one of our students or one of our teachers.

One quarter of the time in lessons is spent on music theory (making music work for you), ¼ is spent on instrument technique (learning your instrument or voice and making it work for you), and ½ of lesson time is spent on the songs you pick. Our goal: you hear it, you can play or sing it; you see it, you can play or sing it; you create it, you can play or sing it.

Important factors in our program: Using student's goals to direct learning, using music theory as a method of understanding what you play or sing, instrumental and vocal technique to develop necessary physical abilities, a belief that lessons and music must be as fun as possible to inspire learning, the demand that all techniques taught be useful and usable, customized lessons for each student, an understanding of each student's personality with the attendant musical strengths and weaknesses, requiring and maintaining home practice levels, using standardized lesson plans, a curriculum oriented towards results, qualified and personable instructors, working to develop confidence and comfort in performance, knowing the necessity of parental involvement, systematic methods of dealing with problem areas, and a belief that 99.9% of students can learn to play better than they ever imagined.

Our Teachers: You are wasting your money on lessons unless you have a great teacher with a great program. In our studios, you will have a personable player as a teacher, who crafts our program to enable you to play your music, not ours. Our teachers have observed Mr. Black teach over 100 lessons, they have learned and follow the Promethean curriculum for their instruments, and have played an average of 15 years. Promethean teachers are career musicians, they're dedicated players and singers skilled in their art, who understand what it feels like to want to make music.

Mark Black, the founder of Promethean Studios, began teaching students in 1978. His teaching methods have made thousands of students successful in music while both student and teacher had a great time. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans as a double major in oboe performance and music composition/theory. He was a member of the Loyola Orchestra, Loyola Jazz Band, Loyola Chorale, and the Loyola Band, as well as woodwind quintets. He traveled for a year with the contemporary Christian music group Majesty, has led worship for 34 years, and spent 14 years as a music director of churches. He studied privately with such teachers as Fred Korman, Dr. Pat McCarty, Helen Erb, Dr. William Horne, Michael Carubba, Dr. Thomas West, and has performed in Christian, rock, classical, and jazz ensembles and as a soloist in such cities as Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. His musical skills include professional performance in guitar, voice, sax, piano, keyboards, bass, flute, oboe, and other instruments and professional composition, arranging, and orchestration. He has taught in seminars and conferences and led bands throughout the southeast and southwest. He taught applied instruments, voice, theory, conducting, and song writing for 6 years at Christ for the Nations Institute, where he enjoyed teaching students from dozens of countries as diverse as Bhutan, Iceland, Japan, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Switzerland. He was also the instrumental director and led the orchestra there. Also, he's extremely humble.

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