Cost: $200 (plus cc fees) for 4 weeks, 2x per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Spots available: 8
Class day & time: T & Th, 11:30-12:30, beginning Sept. 1st
Each meeting will be recorded and converted to an mp4 movie so if you miss a session or review, you can catch up with the group. Please make time to come to each of the sessions, as that will give you the ability to ask questions.
PDFs and music will be provided prior to each class via email. The class will be organized into different sections every week and move at a comfortable pace such that everyone is accommodated, while covering the provided material within each class period. Questions are highly encouraged during class, and I will explain and demonstrate everything we cover in real time. If any questions aren’t covered within the class time, you may send me an email after the session, and I will do my best to answer your question as thoroughly as possible.
You will need…
- A copy of: Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Lesson Book Complete 1. You can order it here.
- Chair, bench, throne, or stool that allows your hands to easily reach the keyboard. If the piano is at hip height when you sit down, it’s perfect.
- Keyboard stand if you are using an electric piano.
- Music stand, or a way to prop up and read class materials while at the piano.
- Keyboard or piano: an upright/grand acoustic, or electric piano of any kind. Make sure your piano is tuned correctly (you may check with me or another GHGS teacher if you’re not sure), and make sure there are at least 3 octaves (36 notes) on your keyboard, otherwise the brand, weight of the keys (the responsiveness/feel), and the size do not matter.
- N.B. My students have played on old neglected upright pianos, Playskool keyboards, and other smaller inexpensive keyboards you might think wouldn’t work. The one general requirement is that it needs to be relatively in tune to keep up with the class.
- Please do not go out and buy a keyboard or piano, as they can get quite expensive. If you have a friend or relative who owns a piano or electric keyboard, consider borrowing from them or using theirs for this class. If you are interested in purchasing a keyboard, I am happy to offer advice. I have written a blog on this topic here.
In this class you will learn how to…
- Identify the notes on a piano using hand positions, beginning technique, and basic scales.
- Begin to read music in both the Treble and Bass clefs.
- Identify basic rhythms and sight-read them.
- Count in different time signatures.
- Play beginning songs using both the left and right hands.
- Identify and play basic chords in at least three different keys.
- Learn how to move between primary chords using cadences.
Plus anything else our class has time for and wants to explore!