Beginning Piano is intended for students with no formal piano training. Previous musical experience may be of benefit, though is not required. Students will learn basic piano technique, including keyboard note identification, proper posture, hand position, and playing technique. Students will also learn to read music, including pitch and rhythm, as well as basic music analysis. Students will be expected to practice individually for approximately 10-15 minutes each day, and play from the selected method book on a weekly basis. Students are not expected to practice at home, so this practice time is essential for learning to play.
Here you will find some of the resources that will be used during class. They will be explained in further detail.
Class Description, Behavioral Expectations, and Procedures
Specific information regarding grading practices, classroom rules, and procedures will be distributed to each student on the first day of class. You may view the form here:
Class Method Book
The book used in class is Alfred's Basic Piano Library Chord Approach, Lesson Book 1. If students wish to practice at home, the book may be purchased here. It is also available at many local music stores
Students who are interested in exploring the classical piano literature can find free music at the Internet Musical Score Library Project (IMSLP). It is a website which contains public domain works of composers until approximately the 1920's. Quality literature written by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and many others can be downloaded and printed for free. If you would like assistance finding a piano piece to work on, please let me know!
Musictheory.net is an online site in which you may practice note identification, keyboard identification, etc. There may be assignments required using this website. This will be described in class.