For those with some experience on keys, Piano II picks up wherever you left off in your pianistic pursuits and challenges you to go farther with your musical endeavors. Ensemble and solo music is selected to match your own level and ability on the piano. This class presents individual guidance as well as group performance opportunities. Required text: Bastien Piano for Adults II (available at the CJC Bookstore). Prerequisites: Piano I or equivalent experience.
Saturdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
4/14 – 6/9 (9 weeks)
Jeanne Walpole • $375
COURSE TITLE: Piano II
For those with some experience on keys, Piano II picks up wherever you left off in your pianistic pursuits and challenges you to go farther with your musical endeavors. Ensemble and solo music is selected to match your own level and ability on the piano. This class presents individual guidance as well as group performance opportunities.
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Piano I or equivalent.
COURSE PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES: Students work on sight-reading and specific piano pieces for performance. Topics covered: Scales, triads, intervals, terminology for theory; circle of 5ths/cycle of 4ths; Keys – understanding key signatures – major and minor; Introduction to 7th chords; transposing; chord progressions and functional harmonic relations; rhythm — understanding time signatures and basic rhythms and syncopation; writing music on staff/ transcribing; ear training; ensemble playing; playing in recital; learning to decipher symbols on jazz chart; learning general music terminology.
REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Bastien Piano for Adults II (available at Jazzschool Books and Records).
1. Go over policy, texts and handouts. Assess students’ levels.
2. Review Major scales, triads, inversions.
3. Assign scales of: C/G/D Major.
4. Assign pieces to each student. Individual lessons.
2. Review major scales assigned.
3. Assign for all: Prelude in G, p. 9.
4. Introduce triads for keys – Maj/Min.
5. First chord progression: I – V7 – I.
6. Rhythm practice – review note values. Group class participation.
7. Transposition: p. 14, “On the Treadmill” – Play in C/G/D major.
1. Review assignments.
2. Review major scales assigned.
3. Introduce minor scales, relative key concept.
4. Theory: Discuss intervals in context of C scale.
5. Review I – V7 – I chord progression.
7. Rhythm practice.
1. Scales: F/Bb/relative minors D and G.
2. 7th chords – root position (major and dominant)
3. P. 26, “Ocean View” – Analyze chords in first 8 measures.
4. Introduce 12-bar Blues form.
5. Ensemble piece: C Jam Blues
6. Practice V7 chords of C Jam Blues; rhythm of melody.
1. In-class recital.
2. Scales – relative major and minors.
3. Ensemble piece: C Jam Blues – Practice comping voicings (smooth voice leading); play melody
rhythmically. Divide class.
4. Bach’s Prelude #1
1. Ensemble piece: C Jam Blues.
2. Minor 7th chords. Play all 7th chords in C Major and F major, naming and
3. Rhythm practice: p. 30 – “Syncopated Etude”
1. Jazz tune – “Song for My Father” – analyze key and chord types.
2. Scale: Ab Major and F minor.
3. Ensemble piece: “Song for My Father” – voicings for chords; play melody.
4. Rhythm: Listen to “Syncopated Etude”
1. Review Ab Maj and F mi scales.
2. Meter: 6/8 time. Discuss compound duple.
3. Assign to all: p. 39: “Prelude in A Minor”
4. Ensemble: “Song for My Father”
5. Chord progression: 12-bar Blues in F
1. Rhythm exercises.
2. Teach “Happy Birthday” – lead sheet.
3. Review scales – fingering/2 8ves.
4. 12-bar blues in F.
5. Ensemble: “Song for My Father”
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.