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Piano II

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Overview

Piano II picks up wherever you left off in your keyboard pursuits and challenges you to go farther in any direction you desire. The instructor provides appropriate music for each student’s ability level and offers one-on-one guidance in addition to group performance opportunities. Required text: Bastien Piano for Adults II (available at the CJC Bookstore). Prerequisites: Piano I or equivalent.

Saturdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
1/14 – 3/18 (10 weeks)
Katherine Westine • $395

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Piano/Keyboard

COURSE TITLE: Piano II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Piano II picks up wherever you left off in your keyboard pursuits and challenges you to go farther in any direction you desire. The instructor provides appropriate music for each student’s ability level and offers one-on-one guidance in addition to 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).

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

  1.  Go over policy, texts & handouts. Assess students’ levels.
  2.  Review Major scales, triads, Circle of 5ths, terminology.
  3.  Assign pieces to each student. Individual lessons.
  4.  Assign theory worksheet.

Week 2

  1.  Mini-lessons
  2.  Review major scales assigned.
  3.  Introduce minor scales.
  4.  Introduce triads for keys – Maj/Min
  5.  First chord progression –  Pass out chord progression sheet
  6.  Review written theory assignment – give new assignment.
  7.  Rhythm assignment – review note values. Group class participation.
  8.  Ensemble assignment.
  9.  Introduce transposing simple tunes.

Week 3

  1.  Review assignments.
  2.  Review major and minor scales assigned.
  3.  Introduce relative key concept.
  4.  Theory Assignment: Intervals (Major & minor intervals; Perfects intervals; work on

Major 3rds; minor 3rds; Major 7ths; minor 7ths)

  1.  Go over Chord progression.
  2.  Listen to assigned pieces – mini-lessons.
  3.  Ensemble piece – class performance.
  4.  Review rhythm exercise in class – give new assignment.

Week 4

  1. Handouts on theory (triads/scales, etc.).
  2. Review scales and relative minors.
  3. 7th chords – root position; inversions; 2-hand voicings. Naming of 7th chords (Maj, min, dom, etc.)
  4. Jazz chart reading – symbols.
  5. Ensemble piece.
  6. Chord progressions – inversions on handout (#1 I – V – I) – Memorized.
  7. Listen to pieces – recital pieces.

Week 5

Class Performance on Acoustic Piano

  1.  Listen to pieces on acoustic piano – discuss pedaling, touch, articulation.
  2.  Scales – Major and relative minors.
  3.  Chord progressions – review I – V – I (common tones) and give #2 i – V – i (minor) – also inversions.
  4.  Ensemble piece.
  5.  Bach’s Prelude #1.

Week 6

  1. Ensemble piece.
  2. 7ths – review exercise from week 4
  3. Discuss modes.
  4. Major/minor chords (I, ii, iii, etc.) in each key with 7ths.
  5. Inversions – arpeggios.
  6. Listen to pieces with CD.
  7. Scales.

Week 7

  1.  Jazz tune – Identify chord types – play chords/play melody.  Divide class.
  2.  Exercise for circle of 5ths – going down by whole step (handout)
  3.  Scales.
  4.  Transposing  “Stuck on C” –  play, then assign to transpose to G and F
  5.  Listen to students pieces.
  6.  Ensemble piece – give “Simple Gifts.”
  7.  Chord progression I-IV-V-I; i-iv-V-i. (common tones) Memorize.

Week 8

  1.  Listen to students on acoustic piano – review pedaling. Duets.
  2.  Listen to transpositions of “Stuck on C.”
  3.  Ensemble – “Simple Gifts.”
  4.  Jazz tune.
  5.  Scales.
  6.  Form in music (A/B; sonata; rondo; etc.).
  7.  Chord progressions by memory. Ways to change keys.
  8.  Ear Training – intervals; rhythmic patterns.

Week 9

  1.  Rhythm exercises.
  2.  Teach “Happy Birthday” by ear — Write it on staff paper – Memorize it.
  3.  Ensemble.
  4.  Review all scales (Maj/min) – talk about 2 octave scales – fingering.
  5.  Forms in music
  6.  Go over jazz tunes and reading charts.
  7.  Listen to students’ pieces for recital.

Week 10

Last Class/Performance

  1.  Teach bass for “Happy Birthday” – write on staff paper. Memorize.
  2.  Listen to performance pieces. Solos and duets.
  3.  Review what has been learned. Questions.

Katherine Westine (piano)

Post-graduate studies in Early Music, Norddeutsche Orgelakademie, Bremen, Germany; M.A. in Organ Performance, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco; B.A. in Music History, U. of Washington, Seattle. Co-producer, Florio Street Concerts.

 

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