CLASSICAL PROGRAM

I teach classical piano.  My students are taught correct technique, posture, performance, memory skills and reading at the very first lesson.  In the first two or three weeks, they are already playing familiar repertoire with good technique and are very proficient in being able to use their wrist to play legato and produce a beautiful tone. They are encouraged to listen to the sounds they play and understand how the different sounds are made. 

All the students listen to their classical CD every day and this develops a fine ear and appreciation for music.

Not all students have a natural gift for memorizing music, so I also teach this from the first lesson.  As they build a repertoire of memorized pieces, they can play anywhere at any time, they gain confidence and pride in their abilities and talents.

INCENTIVES

Students chart their progress each week on an individual color chart, which also displays a photo of the student.  When they reach the top, they excitedly receive a prize and take home their certificate to display proudly.

During the year, there are longer incentive programs where the students can earn Composer Dollars and at the end of the year they are able to purchase a composer statue of their choice.

PROGRESS REPORTS

At the end of the year, parents are given a written progress report which shows how their child is doing in all areas of musicianship, including sight-reading, theory, ear training, practice, self motivation and performance.  This helps the parent to get a good feel for how their child is progressing and it motivates the students so that they can track their progress easily. 

NATIONAL GUILD PIANO AUDITIONS

In the spring, the students enter a national judged audition program at their level that covers musicianship phases and performance.  They receive a certificate and gold pin with ratings on all levels of musicianship entered.  This is a major achievement and all the students do exceptionally well.  My students consistently receive high praise and score in the excellent to top talent ratings.

RECITALS

There are two recitals a year in October and May, giving the students a wonderful opportunity to perform publicly.

THEORY SYLLABUS

The following is an outline of my theory program which is tailored to meet the needs of the individual child.  All these concepts are presented in a fun way through games, manipulatives, worksheets and web interactive assignments.  The children learn at their own pace and love the variety and the challenges.  Because they are enjoying the materials, they learn rapidly and the lesson time flies by.

 One year class - Ages 3 - 6 EA Musicianship  

  • Musical alphabet, forwards and backwards   
  • Identification of white keys
  • Ear training - identifying direction of sounds
  • Steps and skips, up and down, lower higher
  • Placement of clefs and the grand staff    
  • Landmark notes on the grand staff and piano
  • Blue Jello rhythms, Level 1
  • Real rhythms with basic note values
  • Five basic notes and rests  
  • Intervals of 2nds to 4ths
  • Introduction to time signatures    
  • Slurs, tied notes, legato, staccato
  • Simple melodic dictation, Level 1   
  • Basic musical symbols, Level 1    
  • Introduction to sharps and flats
  • Dynamics - Forte, Piano, Mezzo Forte, Mezzo Piano
  • The basic tempos
  • Transposing

 

Second year class - Ages 6 - 9  EB Musicianship

  • Whole steps, half steps
  • Identifying and playing the major scales FCGDAEB
  • Ear training - identifying major/minor triads root position
  • All melodic and harmonic intervals
  • Note recognition on the grand staff with ledger lines  
  • Blue Jello rhythms, Level 2, and real rhythms   
  • Dotted rhythms and some note groups
  • Basic time signatures 
  • Melodic and rhythmic dictation
  • Music symbols, Level 2   
  • Tempos, accents, upbeats
  • Major and minor tonic triads   
  • Transposing, Level 2

 

Third year - Ages 9 - 11  EC Musicianship

  • Reinforce all major intervals
  • Ear training - recognition of M2, P4, P5, P8
  • Recognition of all the real rhythms
  • All combinations of notes and rests
  • Melodic rhythmic dictation, Level 3
  • 6/8 time signature and others
  • Musical symbols and tempos
  • Transposing, Level 3
  • Primary chords, triads and inversions
  • Major/minor scales and chord progressions
  • Harmonies and chord pattern recognition

 

Fourth year - 11 or  older  ED  Musicianship

  • Intervals recognition M3, M6, M7
  • One minute note recognition challenge
  • Reinforcement of all real rhythms
  • Melodic dictation, Level 4
  • All combination of notes and rests
  • Musical symbols and tempos
  • Major/minor triads and inversions
  • Transposing, Level 4
  • Major flat scales and chord progressions
  • Melodies to harmonize

 

Fifth year - 12 and older  EE Musicianship

  • Harmonic/Melodic intervals in all the keys
  • Enharmonics speed challenge
  • Recognition of M2, M3, P4, P5, M6, M7, M8
  • Recognition of major/minor triads - any position
  • Combining melodic and rhythmic dictation
  • All combinations of notes and rests
  • Circle of 5ths
  • Reinforce all musical symbols and tempos
  • Major/minor, diminished and augmented triads
  • 7th chords and inversions

 

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