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This course presents five sessions in which the student is introduced to playing the piano and reading music. Each session contains a video lecture presented by the Instructor, piano practice assignments and graded assignments that include a quiz about music terms, theory and/or ear training and a video assessment of the student playing selected piano technique and repertoire. The course also includes a graded assignment for two concert reviews, which can be completed at any time during the course, and a final exam in which the student will improvise a piece.
This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.
Session 1: Introduction To Playing (March 5, 2021)
Getting familiar with the basics and introducing your first technique and repertoire.
2. Introduction to Playing
3. Posture and Hand Position
4. Finger Numbers
5. Black and White Keys
6. Instructor Demo: Amazing Grace
7. Note Values
8. Instructor Demo: Camptown Races
9. White Key Names
11. 5 Finger Pattern in C
12. Instructor Demo: Merrily We Roll Along (Premium Exclusive)
13. Instructor Demo: Ode to Joy (Premium Exclusive)
14. Conclusion (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Orientation To The Staff (March 12, 2021)
This session will cover the grand staff, note names, steps and skips, meter, articulation, pedals, and sight-reading.
2. G Five Finger Pattern
3. The Grand Staff
4. 4/4 vs 3/4 Meter
5. Yankee Doodle (Premium Exclusive)
6. Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
7. 3-Minute Technique
8. Pedals on the Piano
9. Clock Tower Bells (Premium Exclusive)
10. Steps vs Skips
11. Catch a Falling Star
12. Russian Folk Song
13. Legato vs Staccato
14. Midnight Ride (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: Reading Reinforcement (March 19, 2021)
This session will cover reading skills, repertoire, improvisation, composition, five-finger patterns, and arpeggios.
2. F Five-Finger Pattern
3. C, G, and F Major Arpeggios
4. Study in 2nds
5. Chant of the Monk(s) (Premium Exclusive)
6. Composition Project (Premium Exclusive)
7. Shining Stars
8. Roman Trumpets
10. Conclusion (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: More About Staff Reading (March 26, 2021)
2. Five-Finger Patterns and Arpeggios
3. Skips (3rds)
4. Camptown Races (Premium Exclusive)
5. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (Premium Exclusive)
6. Half and Whole Rests
7. Royal Procession
Session 5: More Bass Clef Note Reading (April 2, 2021)
2. Chord Progressions
3. Bass Clef Melodies
4. Give My Regards To Broadway
5. Ode To Joy (Premium Exclusive)
6. Lightly Row
7. Staccato Vs Legato
8. Parallel and Contrary Motion
9. Surprise Symphony (Premium Exclusive)
10. Parallel and Contrary Motion
11. Conclusion (Premium Exclusive)
Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.
Learn and perform repertoire assignments, demonstrating understanding of proper hand position and fingering, articulations, dynamics, phrasing and pedaling.
Perform piano technique exercises, including major 5-finger patterns, hand-over-hand major arpeggios and the I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression in selected major keys.
Music-Reading & Theory
Demonstrate an understanding of basic music theory and music-reading skills through sight-reading, transposition, improvisation and harmonization.
Instructors And Guests
Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Assistant Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, where she oversees the Piano Pedagogy program, coordinates Class Piano and is Director of the Music Prep Program. She is active as a researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism.
Prior to joining the ASU faculty in the fall of 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. An avid performer of contemporary music, Creviston has premiered many compositions, both solo and collaborative. As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions around the world, and she performs regularly in a duo with her husband, saxophonist Christopher Creviston. Together, they have recorded Snell Sessions and Columbia Sessions, both on the Albany Records label, and Sunday Afternoon and Breaking available through CD Baby. Their recordings have been described as “engrossing” (Fanfare Magazine), “highly imaginative and expressive” (composer Denis Bédard), “a good blend of the standard and the new” (American Record Guide), and “sensitive, transparent, powerful music making that causes one to hold their breath often” (Donald Sinta).
What You Need to Take This Course
- Adult Piano Adventures: All-in-one Lesson Book 1 (2016), Faber, Nancy and Randall. ISBN: 978-1-61677-302-1
- Acoustic Piano or 88-Key Electric Piano with Pedal (Weighted Key recommended)
- Video Recorder
- Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course as a Premium Member, does not affirm that the student has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
If a student signs up for the Beginning Class Piano program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.
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