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.

Silva Piano Studios

Established in East Cobb for over 20 years

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

More Student Videos

  • 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

Current Studio News

...and a blog about using Solfege in Music Training
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Studio News

Summer Student Report 2016

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...

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February Break and Makeup Lesson Week

15-19 February There are no regular lessons this week at Silva Piano Studio except for individually scheduled makeup lessons. We look forward to seeing you all back to the regular schedule beginning on Saturday, February 20. Wishing safe travels for those of you going...

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Advanced Students Photos

Students enjoyed 2 Master Classes last Saturday, one for beginning students and one for the intermediate and advanced students. Everyone got a chance to perform music they are working on and learn about technique, how to practice and about how the piano...

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Spring Term begins Jan 18th!

Getting ready for Spring Term, 2016! Hello Students! We hope you had an enjoyable Holiday Season and we wish you all a wonderful New Year. We anticipate a wonderful and exciting year of piano training, new repertoire, improved technique and great performances! We look...

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Using Solfege in Piano Training Blog

Solfege and Music Study

This blog is to invite discussion of the use of solfege and music training.

We have been using solfege effectively for more than 20 years of teaching with the “Silva Piano Method“. Follow the link for the specifics on solfege on the Silva Piano Method page of our website. We will discuss the sensory integration using solfege combined with proper technique and great materials. Why do many other countries incorporate this skill in musical training and it is not widely used here in the United States? Solfege is not addressed in most of the piano methods used here. Teachers seem uncomfortable with it and there are no mainstream methods available to make it available to teachers that are acquainted with it’s usefulness. In many universities, solfege is indeed required for music majors for a class or two, but this knowledge is not integrated with pedagogy courses (they use mainstream methods).

Let’s begin by agreeing that there is such a thing as “musical language” that is written and indeed, can be spoken or sung in note names. The discussion is about WHAT we call the notes and how to learn them.

 

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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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