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This course presents six sessions in which the student continues to expand their knowledge of piano technique, repertoire and musical concepts, including eighth notes, treble C pentascale, G pentascales, sharps and flats and intervals of 4ths, 5ths and 6ths. 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 perform a memorized piece of music of the Instructor’s choice for an audience.
This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.
Session 1: Eighth (8th) Notes (December 4, 2020)
Play Db, Ab and Eb Major 5-finger patterns and arpeggios. Play D Major I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing eighth (8th) notes. Choose and play a piece by ear. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
2. Db, Ab, Eb Five-Finger Patterns
3. Db, Ab, Eb Arpeggios
4. D Major Chord Progression
5. Eighth Notes
6. French Minuet (Premium Exclusive)
8. Csus4 Chord
9. Gavotte (Premium Exclusive)
10. Simple Gifts
11. Conclusion (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Treble Space Notes: F-A-C-E (December 11, 2020)
Play F Major and Bb Major I-IV-I-V7-I. Play treble space notes F-A-C-E going up and down. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 3: Treble C Pentascale (December 18, 2020)
Play a piece utilizing imitation. Play and read the notes of a treble C pentascale. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 4: G Pentascales (December 25, 2020)
Play A Minor 5-finger pattern, arpeggios, and i–iv–i–V7-i chord progression. Play bass and treble clef G pentascales. Read and play Gsus4 chord. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 5: Sharps And Flats (January 1, 2021)
Play D and E Minor 5-finger patterns, arpeggios, and i–iv–i–V7-i chord progressions. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing sharps. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing flats. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing naturals. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
2. D and E Minor Five-Finger Patterns
3. Whole Steps vs. Half Steps
4. D and E Minor Arpeggios
5. D and E Minor Chord Progressions
6. Sharps, Flats and Naturals
7. Chromatic Scale
8. Half-Time Band
9. Romance (Premium Exclusive)
10. Sleeping Beauty (Premium Exclusive)
11. Conclusion (Premium Exclusive)
Session 6: Intervals: 4ths, 5ths, 6ths (January 8, 2021)
4ths, 5ths, and 6ths
Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.
Music-Reading & Theory
Demonstrate an understanding of Course 2 music theory and music-reading skills through sight-reading, transposition, improvisation and harmonization.
Learn and perform Course 2 repertoire assignments, demonstrating understanding of proper hand position and fingering, articulations, dynamics, phrasing and pedaling.
Perform Course 2 piano technique exercises, including major and minor 5-finger patterns, hand-over-hand major and minor arpeggios and the I-IV-I-V7-I and i-iv-i-V7-i chord progressions in selected major and minor keys.
Instructors & 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 (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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