Group Piano P1

Group Piano for ages 6-8 – Primer Level

The Primer Level introduces the keyboard, note values, and the grand staff. Students play in Middle C Position and C Position through recognition of steps and skips, and learn letter names independent of finger number. Musicianship is built through the use of dynamics and coloristic experimentation with the pedal.

In this class, a small group of students will go through the initial part of this level together in a room with multiple pianos. Time is spent at the main table, learning concepts, and the white board, drilling the concepts and at the pianos, playing pieces and learning technique. Each student is at their own piano and they all play in unison. This builds great rhythmic coordination and listening skills!

Caregivers are welcome, but not required, to attend and assist their children. A piano or a digital keyboard is required to have at home for daily practice for this course. If a keyboard is chosen, it must have 88 keys, a pedal, a keyboard stand, a piano bench or adjustable stool, and a stand to hold the music. Minimum practice requirements are 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week.

10 session to start with the intention to continue on with the same group after the initial classes.

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

The classes will cost as follows:

  1. Registration Fee – $15.00 (waived for all new classes)
  2. Piano Materials  – students must purchase these on their own. Piano Adventures Primer Level: Lesson, Technique, Performance, Theory
  3. Classes – $195

Course Instructor:  Anna Orias   For more on Anna go here

2020 Classes

  1. Wednesdays 4-4:45 FULL
  2. Mondays 3:30-4 pm, space available, Starts 2/3/2020, ends 4/20/2020. No class 2/17 (President’s Day) or 3/30 (Spring Break).

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These dates and events are included in the Group Piano Class.

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Music Experience

Does the Student Have Prior Experience?

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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