One-semester course. This course will introduce beginning piano students to the foundational concepts of playing piano. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of music or experience with piano in order to participate in this course. Students will be introduced to basic piano technique and they will also learn the basics of music theory over the eight-week term. Piano I is an excellent way for students to explore their interest in further piano study.
Students in Piano I may choose to supplement their work in this course by registering for Music Theory A. Music Theory will help deepen their understanding of the building blocks of music that they are actively applying to the piano in this course. We cover very basic music theory concepts in piano class but music theory class goes deeper.
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Music Theory A
Full-year course for students with a foundational knowledge of basic music theory.
Fine arts elective for any student who would like to learn how to play the piano. Follows Piano I.
Piano I Information
- Example Syllabus
- Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
- Class cap: 15 students.
- Designed for grades 7-12.
- High school students may be awarded .5 Fine Arts credit upon completion of this course.
- Click here to purchase the course texts.
- Piano Adventures: Sightreading Book, Level 1
- Adult Piano Adventures: All-In-One Piano Course, Level 1
- Required materials:
- Ability to record and upload videos to Blackboard
- Acoustic piano or keyboard
- Minimum requirements for keyboards: 88 keys (full-size); weighted keys, sometimes called “hammer action;” on a keyboard stand or table at the appropriate height. Recommended models: Yamaha P71, Roland RP501R, Yamaha P-125, Korg D1. If you need advice on acquiring a piano or keyboard, please reach out to the instructor prior to the start of the term.