Silva Piano Studios

Established in East Cobb for over 20 years

Welcome to Silva Piano Studios

Located in East Cobb, Marietta GA

Concert Pianists

Francisco Silva (DMA):  performed the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle twice and complete piano solo repertoire of Maurice Ravel. Mireille Gradeff Silva (MM):  repertoire includes Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the 24 Chopin Preludes.
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The Silva Piano Method

A unique, customized piano method that includes solfege training!

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Natasha and Mrs. Silva at the piano.

the silvas at 2 pianos photo by Joseph MoriartyAt Silva Piano Studios, we offer piano instruction for children five years old through adults with all levels of training from beginner through university prep and beyond. Students learn to master the fundamentals of playing the piano in less time than other methods with our specially designed “Silva Piano Method©”. This approach is the result of over 20 years of research. Together, we have more than 60 years of combined teaching experience.

In only one year, beginners as young as five years old can learn how to play and read music at a level that is normally achieved in 3-5 years with other methods and adults are able to play their first Bach, Beethoven and Chopin pieces!

Intermediate and advanced students focus on developing technique and repertoire. There are a number of venues in which our students perform such as the Fernbank Museum, retirement homes, piano competitions and other recurring recital opportunities. A number of our students have successfully auditioned for various university music programs, completed advanced degrees in music and are professional musicians or teachers.

Prospective students are invited to contact us to schedule a free lesson/audition.

Left column: Photos of Dr. and Mrs. Silva by Joseph Moriarty. Middle: Tristan perfects his technique. Right: Dr. Silva and Oak discuss summer music camp trips.

Silvas at piano, photo by Joseph MoriartyTristan working on perfecting his hand postitionOak and Dr. Silva during visit in between Georgia Boy's Choir trip to Spain and Portugal and Cincinnati and Interlochen music camp travels.

Intermediate students enjoyed instruction and an ice cream party at Silva Piano Studios!

Former student, Katie Kemp performs with Reinhardt University Orchestra after winning concerto competition.

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Interested Students:

We offer a free lesson throughout the year. We may schedule new student lessons/auditions at our mutual convenience at Silva Piano Studios. The free lesson/audition takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

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Students in Performance Videos Sampler

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  • Kevin, age 18, waltz
  • Isabel 13, after 11 lessons plays Ivan Sings by Katchaturian
  • Joe, age 16, Mozart Fantasy in D Minor
  • Sage, age 7 plays and sings
  • Wendy Stephens, performs Mompou Dance #6
  • Wyatt, age 8, Burgmuller Op. 100,
  • Tarik, age 12, Nesta Rua, Villa Lobos
  • Katie, age 15, Chopin Nocturne in E Minor
  • David, Chopin Polonaise Op26 #1
  • Ariel 13, Original Composition, Running Away
  • Feipe, age 9, Moment Musical by Franz Schubert
  • Fardad, age 12 Haydn Piano Concerto in D Major, 1st Mvt Hob. XVIII:11

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Studio News

Students Play at Fernbank and Breman Venues

Fernbank Museum Venue in Atlanta

On April 9th and again on June 12th, a group of our teenage students had the opportunity to play the piano at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Of particular interest were the special exhibitions featuring musical instruments and music found in nature, “Wild Music”, the latter of which is still ongoing. These performance opportunities were possible thanks to one of our parents, Dr. Sofia Sheikh, for planning and organizing this wonderful experience for our young artists. She reported, “Congratulations to all the students for an exceptional performance and being so well mannered at the museum. You made all of us as well as the Fernbank Steinway proud! We have had very appreciative comments from museum management and patrons alike”.

 Students Perform at the William Breman Jewish Home

On July 13th, a small group of our students performed for the senior residents at the Breman Home. The residents and staff were delighted to hear the wonderful performances from beginner levels to advanced. The interaction and encouragement went both ways and it was a memorable experience! Thank you Robin Singer and Shauna Horvath for arranging this opportunity!

Summer Student Report 2016

Nathan in Europe

Nathan in Europe next to Mozart’s statue.

We hope you all had a great summer! A number of our students traveled far and wide and we have the following reports from Nathan, Abby and Oak. We are sure to get updates from other students as well!

First, here is the report from Europe submitted by Nathan’s mom:

While we were catching a train in Venice, there was a piano in the train station and Nathan started playing all the songs he knows (a few he was a little rusty on) & people from all over the station stopped and watched him play.  He had quite a large crowd around him taking video and pictures.  They came up to him after and wanted to shake his hand and tell him what a great job he did.  It was pretty cool.  His dad told him, “Never forget at the age of 16 you played on a piano from Czechoslovakia in a train station in Venice”.

Next is the report from Abby’s mom:

We’re in Florida and the breakfast place has a 200 year old piano that Abby played on. She played Arabesque. The piano didn’t sound so good but she had fun.

Abby at the piano in FL

Abby performs in Florida.

Oak came to see us in between his MANY music activities this summer! After an Organ Camp in Oregon, he made his way to Spain and Portugal with the Georgia Boy’s Choir and performed with them on the organ. Then back to the states to attend another music camp at the Cincinnati Conservatory. At this writing, he is now at the renowned Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan for the top young artists around the country (and world)! He is studying piano and organ. He is having a piano lesson and organ lesson everyday. Then he has to practice to be ready for the next day! Hopefully, we will get some more photos from his experiences.

Oak and Dr. Silva during visit in between music travels.

Oak and Dr. Silva during visit in between music travels.

 

Spring Break and Makeup Lesson Week

We hope you are all enjoying your Spring Break! Dr. Silva will be making up missed lessons from the Spring Term. Please coordinate with him if you need a make up lesson and you have not heard from him. Regular lessons will resume on Saturday, April 16th.

Selected intermediate and advanced students will be performing at the Fernbank Museum this coming weekend. There is a neat exhibit about music and our students have been invited to perform at this wonderful venue. Thank you Dr. Sheikh for arranging this!

Wishing safe travels to all that are going out of town.

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Mireille and Francisco Silva have developed one of the most innovative piano programs to date! With the Silva piano method and her enthusiasm for music, her enthusiasm for her students, and the way she enables a student to move along to an advanced level of piano skills quickly, I HIGHLY recommend her. This is one piano teacher who needs to be teaching other music teachers! I have been her student, as has my daughter. I have used other piano methods and the Silva method is far and away the best.

Deborah H.

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