Piano Program


Curriculum

Beginning Piano

Beginning piano group classes provides a fundamental background in rhythm awareness, ear training, basic reading skills and performance basics once a week. First, second and third graders receive two semesters of weekly 30-minute private lessons and 45-minute group classes, which provides enjoyable and effective learning of keyboard and musicianship skills. Beginning piano is a two semester commitment. Students must be registered in Fall semester to enroll in Spring semester. Group classes are limited to eight students and are taught by the Preparatory Division faculty. University Piano Pedagogy students teach private lessons under supervision by piano pedagogy faculty. Private lessons are scheduled when Fall Semester begins. Group classes are offered at the following times:

Schedule
Tuesday 4:00-4:45 PM 5:00-5:45 PM
Wednesday 4:00-4:45 PM 5:00-5:45 PM

Artist I

Students study basic theory skills, which include major and minor triads, major and minor five finger patterns, half steps and whole steps, basic notation, time signatures and accidentals. Listening skills include dynamic and tempo changes, major and minor patterns and interval recognition. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times a year.

Artist II

Students study the introduction of major and minor scales, key signatures, primary triads and inversions. Students also learn more complex rhythm patterns: triplets, dotted quarter, and 6/8 time signatures. Listening skill development includes recognizing dynamic and tempo changes, major and minor scales, chords and inversions. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Artist III

Students learn the order of sharps and flats, major and minor key signatures, three types of minor, how to draw the primary triads, inversions and diminished and augmented chords. Listening skills include identifying major, minor, augmented and diminished chords, intervals and rhythm dictation. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Artist IV

Students review all key signatures and major, minor, augmented and diminished chords. They also start to learn figured bass for chord inversions and V7 chords and inversions. Listening skill development includes identifying major, minor, augmented and diminished chords, intervals and rhythm dictation. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy I

Students study major and minor scales, three forms of minor, all triads, primary triads in all keys, V7 chords and cadences. Listening skill development includes identifying all intervals, rhythms, major and minor melodies, all triads, V7 chords and cadences. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy II

Students study major and minor scales, major and minor key signatures, circle of 5ths, intervals, chords and triads of the scale, primary triads, cadences, V7, and chord progressions. Listening skill development includes rhythm, identifying the different forms of minor, cadences, and triads. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy III

Students use their theory knowledge to compose, improvise, and analyze chordal structures. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy IV

Students build upon the fundamental skills learned in Academy III, but at a more advanced level. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Bravo Reward Program

The Bravo program rewards students for participating in Preparatory Division activities. Students earn points for attendance, performances, theory, and technique. Trophies are awarded annually for those who meet the required goals.

Adult Piano for Pleasure

Two semesters of weekly one-hour group classes in a digital keyboard lab for enjoyable and effective learning of keyboard and musicianship skills. If you have always wanted to play the piano, this class offers a supportive group in a non-threatening atmosphere.

Schedule    
Wednesday 12:00 noon Room 105
Wednesday 6:00 pm Room 250

 

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Requirements

Musicianship Class

Attendance at monthly musicianship class is required. These classes are designed to help the student develop performing skills as well as study music theory, sight-reading, rhythm, and aural awareness. Students are placed in class according to age and ability. There is no makeup for missed classes.

Schedule
Artist I 4:00-5:00 PM Second Monday Third Monday if holiday is scheduled
Artist II 5:00-6:00 PM Second Monday Third Monday if holiday is scheduled
Artist III & IV 4:00-5:00 or
5:00-6:00 PM
First Monday Third Monday if holiday is scheduled
Academy I & II 4:00-5:00 PM Fourth Monday  
Academy III & IV 5:00-6:00 PM Fourth Monday  

Summer Piano Lessons

The summer session includes 10 private lessons. Students are required to register for a minimum of five lessons during Summer Semester.

Studio Performance Classes

Studio performance classes provide the opportunity for students to perform for other members of their teacher’s studio. Each studio will have a minimum of one class per semester.

Student Recitals

Semi-annual Recitals offer the opportunity for students to demonstrate their progress to family and friends and help students develop self-confidence and musical mastery.

Auditions

To progress to the next level, Auditions are required of all students from second year to ninth grade at the end of spring semester. Students play two memorized pieces and prepare technique requirements for their current level.

Practice

Successful, satisfying music study is dependent upon consistent, daily practice. Practice time of 30- to 45- minutes per day is required for second year piano students, increasing to one and a half hours to two hours daily for seventh through high school students. Young students need parental supervision of all practice periods and require a practice setting free from distractions.

Equipment

Students need a piano in the home, kept in tune and good repair and a metronome for use in daily practice. Materials are provided for beginning piano, after which the student will be required to purchase or reimburse the teacher for all music.

Cancellation

When the teacher has received a 24-hour cancellation notice, one private lesson per semester will be made up at teacher’s convenience.

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2015-16 Calendar

Date Event
May 11 Summer Session begins
   
June 4 Summer tuition due
   
August 1 Fall Semester Tuition Due
August 24 Fall semester begins
August 24 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
September 7 Labor Day Holiday**
September 14 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
*September 21 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes (*3rd Monday due to Holiday)
September 28 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
October 5 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes
October 11-18 Fall Break**
*October 19
Artist I & II Musicianship Classes (*3rd Monday due to Fall Break)
October 24 Musical Madness Ensemble Recital
October 26 Academy Musicianship Class
   
November 2 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes
November 9 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
November 23 Academy Musicianship Classes
November 26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday
   
December 7 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes
December 14 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
December 19-Jan 10 Winter Break**
   
January 2 Spring Semester Tuition Due
January 11 Spring semester begins
January 11 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday**
January 25 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
February 1 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes
February 8 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
February 15 Presidents’ Day Holiday
February 22 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
March 5 Spring Recitals
March 7 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes
March 13-20 Spring Break**
*March 21 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes (*3rd Monday due to Spring Break)
March 28 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
April 4 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes
April 11 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
April 25 Academy Musicianship Classes
April 29 Beginning Piano Recital
April 30 Piano Auditions
   
May 2 Artist III & IV Musicianship Classes

*schedule change
**no private lessons or classes

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