Group Piano A1 – For Ages 4-6

Group Piano Levels for Ages 4-6
Piano Teachers at Musically Minded Academy use the Faber and Faber “My First Piano Adventures” books and CD’s to supplement learning in group classes. Here is a note from the authors of these books:

“With students at age six or less, piano teaching becomes an adventure for both the child and the teacher. We’ve set aside our seriousness and inhibitions to join the child’s world in a playful exploration of music and the keyboard. Through imagery, metaphor, and a diverse world of sound, we seek to develop a foundation of aural perception, eye tracking, and physical coordination. There is special opportunity to develop perceptual ability at a young age. Skills unfold while we engage the child’s inherent love of music.”

Fun and Imagination for a Spirit of Play – We take students into a musical “playground” where we explore, hear, look, and learn, fully engaging the children with visual, auditory, and kin esthetic (feel/touch) activities.

Activity Based Learning for Focused Attention – Activity based learning correlates to the child’s age (5 minutes for a 5-year-old). Students move from table, to piano, to white board, and back engaging the child in the rhythm of each lesson.

Creative Metaphors for First Technique– Essential aspects of piano technique are introduced using child centered technique activities to teach rounded hand shape, arm weight, and rising wrist motion.

Movement and Singing for Rhythm and Pitch – Students are encouraged to use their bodies and voices in various speeds, moods, and keys finding their own steady beat to play in time with their fellow students.

Classes names are based on the names of the books used in this series. There are three levels of books: A, B, C.

LEVEL A: A1 is a preparatory class that takes students through the first 3rd of this level. A2-A3 continue through the end of the Yellow books.
Young students in this class will learn about the basics of piano introductory level course. They will explore the following concepts:

  • up versus down
  • loud versus soft
  • high versus low
  • finger numbers
  • basic keyboard geography
  • basic rhythmic note values
  • beginning piano technique
  • Students will learn pieces on the piano and use workbooks and games to explore ear training, sight-reading, music symbol writing and more.

Students in this class will need to purchase Level A Writing and Lesson Books in the My First Piano Adventures Series by Nancy and Randall Faber.

Classes will meet in the Social Hall at St. Peter’s Church at 6013 Lawton, Oakland, CA 94618.


Current Level A Class are FULL:

  1. Wednesdays 3:30-4 pm Started 1/15. 10 Classes $195   FULL
  2. Mondays 4-4:30 pm. Started 2/03/2020. 10 Classes – $195 FULL

We may open a class on Thursdays from 4:30-5 pm. Please fill in our Group Class Waiting Form by scrolling down. We open new classes based on student interest and teach availability.

Course Instructor:  Anna Orias   For more on Anna go here


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Primer Level A: Does the student understand these concepts?: - arm weight - Wrist lift and drop - Firm Finger tips - rounded hand shape - How to sit correctly at piano - Names of the Piano Keys - Piano Finger Numbers - Quarter Note, Half Note, Whole Note

Primer Level A Concepts

Primer Level B: Does the student understand these concepts?: - Bass C to Treble G - C 5 finger scale - steps on staff C - 5 finger scale -tie -dotted half note - quarter rest - 3/4 time signature - 4/4 time signature

Primer Level B Concepts

Primer Level C: Does the student understand these concepts?: -C and G penatscale -C and G - 5 finger scales -Skips(line-line,space-space) - musical form ABA - Ritardando - Accent - damper pedal -Upbeat

Primer Level C Concepts

Level 1: Does the student understand these concepts?: -Transpositon -- tonic, dominant - I, V7 (2 note) - 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths

Level 1 Concepts

Level 2A: Does the student understand these concepts?: - 5 finger scales - C Maj, c min - D Maj, d min - G Maj, g min - A Maj, a min - transposition (Maj/Min) - crescendo - diminuendo - phrase - Musical form AB, ABA

Level 2A Concepts

Level 2B: Does the student understand these concepts?: - One Octave Scales - C, G, F - Tonic - Dominant - Leading Tone - Cross Hand Arpeggios C, cm, G, gm, F, fm - dotted quarter - eighth note

Level 2B Concepts

Level 3A: Does the student understand these concepts?: - scales in C, G, F, D - chromatic scale - interval of a 7th - Primary chords in D Maj - Cross handed arpeggios - cut time - 3/8 - 6/8 - triplet

Level 3A Concepts

Level 3B: Does the student understand these concepts?: Three forms of the minor scale: natural, harmonic, melodic. - a min - d min - e min - 2 handed major and min scales - Octaves - maj/min 3rds - all maj/min triads - 12 bar blues - chord inversions - 1 oct arpeggios - am, dm, em primary chords (i, iv, V7) - motive and sequence 16th note rhythm patterns

Level 3B Concepts

Level 4: Does the student understand these concepts?: 2 octave major and harmonic min scales - C Maj, a min - G Maj , e min - F Maj, d min - D Maj - A Maj - E Maj V7 chord in root position - order of the sharps - sonatina - mazurka - gigue dotted eighth/sixteenth note rhythm

Level 4 Concepts

Level 5: Does the student understand these concepts?: - All maj and minor keys multiple octaves - The circle of 5ths - Tonic, subdominant and dominant chords in all inversions. - grand cadence: I, IV, I, V, I - Maj, min, perfect intervals - 2 oct arpeggios - order of the flats 12/8 Time Signature

Level 5 Concepts

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