Individualized Instruction for ALL Experience Levels
Have you wanted to learn how to play Piano?
Keyboard class would be an excellent elective choice for you!
You do not need any prior musical experience!
Playing piano is a talent that you can take anywhere with you,
no matter your career and life choices!
It is something that will bring people together.
You can grow your piano knowledge throughout your whole life!
Keyboard I - (Beginning level) (Fall semester)
This semester course focuses on piano performance and music-reading basics for students who have had little to no formal background with the instrument. Students will be introduced to note reading and performing solo repertoire, scales, arpeggios, and chords. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge on playing melodies in the right hand while playing chords in the left hand.
Taught topics include naming the notes on the grand staff, labeling the notes on the piano, scales, rhythmic studies, simple chords, audience etiquette, and performance tips.
Instructions are given during class on school pianos. Although it is not a requirement to own a personal piano, it is highly suggested to further practice the course material and any music that may be of interest to the student.
Keyboard II - (Intermediate level) (Spring semester)
This semester course continues to build on skills established in Keyboard I. Students will continue to practice reading music on the grand staff as well as becoming more familiar with all the majors scales, as well as the arpeggios that go with them. Students will continue on with their solo repertoire music and be able to play a variety of music at a higher level of musical knowledge.
Taught topics include all major scales, key signatures, the chromatic scale, all major chords and some music theory knowledge that partners with their music they are working on.
Instruction are given during class on school pianos. Although it is not a requirement to own a personal piano, it is highly suggested to further practice the course material and any music that may be of interest to the student.
Keyboard III - (Advanced level) (Fall or Spring)
This course is for the advancing piano student. In this class, students will review all major scales and begin the minor scales, as well as the arpeggios that go with them. The student will also be able to play all major and minor chords. Along with advancing solo repertoire music, the student will grow his/her music theory knowledge. This will have them critically looking at their music in addition to playing their repertoire.
This class is a performance based class and the student will be required to play in a bi-weekly class studio performance. Students will learn how to praise and critique other students on their playing.
Students are strongly suggested to have a piano or keyboard at home to continue their studies outside of the classroom.
Keyboard IV - (Independent Study) (Fall or Spring)
** option available upon teacher approval.
Keyboard IV is reserved for the serious piano student. They should be highly proficient in their major and minor scales as well as their solo repertoire. The student will work on growing their musicianship skills through their solo music. They will learn how to properly critique and be critiqued.
The music theory knowledge will be at the highest level, equivalent to AP Music Theory. If the student has not taken AP Music Theory, it is strong suggested to partner Keyboard IV with AP Music Theory.
This class is a performance based class and the student will be required to play in a weekly studio performance for their peers. Students will continue to learn how to critique and be critiqued as well as working with lower level piano students to develop their problem solving skills.
Due to the difficulty in music and high rigor, Keyboard independent study students must own their own instrument (piano or keyboard) to practice outside of the normal class time.