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Piano I

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Overview

If you’ve ever wanted to play the piano, now is your chance! Sign up for Piano I and you’ll learn to how to understand musical notation, how to play a scale, perform a piece of music, play duets, discover what musical forms and keys are all about, read a jazz chart and play ensemble music with fellow students. No experience necessary. Concurrent enrollment in the Introduction to Music Theory course is suggested. Required texts: Mastering Piano Method 1A, Mastering Theory 1A, Janet Vogt (available at the CJC Bookstore).

Saturdays 10 – 11:30 am
1/13 – 3/17 (10 weeks)
Jeanne Walpole • $395

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Piano/Keyboard

COURSE TITLE: Piano I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
If you’ve ever wanted to play the piano, now is your chance! Sign up for Piano I and you’ll learn to how to understand musical notation, how to play a scale, perform a piece of music, play duets, discover what musical forms and keys are all about, read a jazz chart and play ensemble music with fellow students. No experience necessary. We encourage concurrent enrollment in the Introduction to Music Theory course.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES:
Students earn all notes on piano, read notes in 2 clefs and cover the following topics: Scales, triads, intervals, terminology for theory; Circle (or cycle) of 5ths; keys – understanding key signatures – major & minor; transposing; chord progressions and functional harmonic relations; rhythm — understanding time signatures and basic rhythms; writing music on staff; ensemble playing; playing in recital; learning symbols of jazz chart; ear training.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Mastering Piano Method 1A, Mastering
Theory 1A, Janet Vogt AND PIANO TOWN Level 1 Lessons, Keith Snell and Diane Hidy (available at CJC Bookstore)

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

1. Discuss students’ musical background. Go over texts and handouts.
2. Covering the basics:
a. Finger numbers
b. Keyboard – note names – black/white pattern – up and down;
c. Spaces/lines/clefs
d. Note values – quarter, half and whole notes
e. Time signatures
3. Read through one or more beginning pieces.
4. Discuss how to practice.
5. Discuss major scales (arrangement of whole and half steps).
6. C major scale and triad.
7. Assignment – Pieces; counting; C Major scale and triads; theory work.

Week 2

1. Find notes on the keyboard.
2. Note values and time signatures; rhythm clapping exercises.
3. Rests.
4. Clefs.
5. C Major scale and C major triad. Roots/3rd/5ths. Major and minor triads.
6. Assign pieces in books.
7. Mini lessons.

Week 3

1. Review intervals: 3rds and 5ths.
2. C Major scale; add G Major scale, triad.
3. Sharps and flats.
4. Mini-lessons, pieces from Mastering/Hal Leonard.
5. Ensemble piece – “Largo”

Week 4

1. Major scales: C/G/D
2. Introduce 8th notes. Rhythm exercises.
3. Chord progression: I – V – I.
4. Go over ensemble piece.
5. Mini-lessons.
6. Assign pieces/theory.

Week 5

1. Introduce minor scales: Half/whole steps. A minor and C minor.
2. Introduce I – IV – V – I progression.
3. Continuing rhythm practice including 8th notes.
4. 5-finger pattern major/minor handout.
5. Play ensemble piece.
6. Mini-lessons.

Week 6

1. Scales – Introduce F major – flats. Review C/G/D/A. A mi/Cmi.
2. Chord inversions.
3. Assign ensemble parts – First Waltz p. 32.
4. Mini lessons.
5. Rhythm exercises.

Week 7

1. Review scales.
2. Major/minor triads; inversions.
3. Discuss key signatures.
4. Listen to ensemble parts.
5. Mini lessons. Assign pieces for week 10 class recital.

Week 8

1. Scales: Introduce Bb major, fingering. D minor scale.
2. Play ensemble piece: First Waltz.
3. Happy Birthday – lead sheet. Review key of F chords.
4. Mini-lessons.

Week 9

1. Scales: Introduce Eb major; review previous scales.
2. Review triads/inversions.
3. Hear “Happy Birthday.” Assign memorization of “HB” for final class.
4. Mini-Lessons.

Week 10

1. Class recital: Students perform recital pieces and “Happy Birthday.”
2. Review various scales/triads.
3. Answer student questions.

Jeanne Walpole (piano)

M.A. in Music Theory, San Francisco State U.; M.A. Studies in Piano Manhattan School of Music; B.A., Smith College: studied with Dick Hindman 1990–2003; Pianist, Nordstrom.

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