Beginning Piano

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Introduction

0 Course Introduction 02:28

Targeted towards the parents to provide a brief overview of the goals and structure of this course. Please thoroughly read the "Description" tab of the course for a full listing of topics covered!

Pre-Reading and Alignment at the Keyboard

1 Lesson 1 - Preparing to Play 14:16

This lesson will cover several introductory topics which will be needed before you play the piano. You will learn about some ways to purchase a used piano, what to look for in a keyboard, how often you should be practicing, and how to properly position yourself at the piano (this includes good posture!!). At the end of the lesson, we will do a rhythm activity called "Rhythm Code Cards".

Please print out, "Piano Practice Record" and "Posture at the Piano" and keep them somewhere handy near your piano.

2 Lesson 2 - Rhythm & Keyboard Overview 23:04

This lesson will give an overview of rhthmic notation, including whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes as well as the corresponding rests. It will then go over the layout of the piano, the three pedals, and the basic mechanical workings.

3 Lesson 3 - Black Key Songs (a) 14:42

This lesson will help you become more familiar with navigating the "groups of 2" on the black keys. You will also work on legato technique (playing smoothly), jumping between octaves, and keeping eye contact with the sheet music (rather than watching your hands).

These skills will be taught using two songs:

1) Up, Up, and Away!

2) Feathers Floating Down

4 Lesson 4 - Black Key Songs (b) 20:18

In this lesson, students will continue practicing eye contact, legato technique, and familiarity with the layout of the keyboard. Additionally, they will learn to count in "groups" and play songs with quarter notes, half notes, and dotted half notes. Two songs will help teach these skills:
1) Up and Down and All Around
2) On the Carousel

5 Lesson 5 - Black Key Songs (c) 17:37

Students will learn 4 new songs on the black keys:

1) Playing Hopscotch
2) Giants Stomping
3) A Gentle Wave
4) Cartwheels

The first two songs teach students to move quickly from octave to octave in situations where it's not possible to play legato (smooth). The second two songs introduce finger numbers, how to find a natural hand shape, and playing legato from finger to finger of the same hand.

6 Lesson 6 - Note Names 18:27

Learn the letter names for each of the notes of the keyboard. Reinforce this and other skills through two songs:
1) Warm-up exercises
2) Skipping Down a Mountain

The video will end with some practice in identifying the letter names of the white keys. Use the following link to continue practicing on your own: https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/keyboard/y9dyyynbyyy

If you have trouble opening the link, go to the website https://www.musictheory.net/, click on "Exercises", then scroll down to, "Keyboard Note Identification". You can use the gear in the upper right hand corner of the screen to customize the exercise. To customize for this lesson, click on the gear, and then on "Notes". Select only the notes in the middle column (de-select anything with a b or a # sign).

 

Time Signatures, Landmarks, and Intervals

7 Lesson 7 - Counting Intervals 20:52

In this lesson, we will learn the important concept of "intervals" - the distance from one note to the next. We will reinforce these concepts through two exercises/songs:

1) Worming Around #1

2) Beethoven's Ninth

8 Lesson 8 - Patterns in Intervals 18:13

In today's lesson, we will learn how to identify intervals by recognizing a pattern of lines and spaces. Then we will play 3rds and 5ths through the exercise:

- Worming Around #2

Afterwards, we will use 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths to play two familiar pieces on the staff:

- Rain, Rain, Go Away

- Morning Mood from Edvard Grieg's, "Peer Gynt Suite"

Lastly, we will end with some extra interval practice. To continue practicing on your own, use the following links:

- Identfying 2nds, 4ths, 6ths, and 8ths (line to space)

- Identifying 3rds, 5ths, and 7ths (space to space, or line to line)

9 Lesson 9 - Time Signatures & Measures 19:18

This lesson will include 3 components.

1) Explanation of how to use the metranome as a tool to help keep a steady beat. The difference between beat and rhythm will be discussed, as well as the meaning of "beats per minute".

2) A brief lesson introducing time signatures and measures. Practice examples will use 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/4 time.

3) A practice worksheet to allow the student to apply their knowledge of time signatures and measures. The video will go over the worksheet in detail.

10 Lesson 10 - Clefs & Landmarks 17:56

This lesson introduces the following "landmarks" on the piano: middle C, treble G, high G, bass F, and low F. Then it introduces the treble staff, bass staff, and grand staff and shows how to find the landmarks on the staff.

Unit 1 - Reading 2nds from landmarks

11 Lesson 11 - Dynamics & Playing in the Grand Staff! 21:06

This lesson will introduce basic dynamic markings (forte, piano, mezzo forte, and mezzo piano), go through a warm-up, and teach 5 simple songs that start on landmarks in the grand staff.

This is the first lesson that uses music from The Music Tree - Part 1 (red book). It will cover the following pages:

  • p. 9 - Warm-ups
  • p. 4 - G and C
  • p. 4  - F and C
  • p. 5 - Ding Dong Bell
  • p. 5 - Sailing
  • p. 6 - Woodpecker

The student should practice these songs until very comfortable (roughly a week of 30 minutes per day.....but it can vary significantly from student to student). When the student can play every song easily, (with a steady beat, keeping their eyes on the music and not their hands, and without stopping) they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

12 Lesson 12 - Whole & Half Steps 15:17

This lesson will include the following components:

1) An explanation of half steps and whole steps

2) Bear Dance (p. 7)

3) Diddle-Diddle Dumpling (supplemental piece)

Knowledge of whole steps and half steps will be applied in next lesson, as we learn how to play major 5-finger patterns.

13 Lesson 13 - Major 5-Finger Patterns 21:14

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Exlanation of how 5-finger patterns are simply the first five notes of a "scale".

2) The sequence of whole and half steps that make up a 5-finger pattern (WWHW).

3) Why we learn 5-finger patterns

4) Two songs (p. 8)

- Music Box

- Over and Over

 

Unit 2 - Beginning a 2nd above landmarks

14 Lesson 14 - Surfing, Autumn, and Caution 19:37

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Worming Around #3 (warm-up to practice reading 2nds and 3rds)

2) Review of the 5-finger patterns learned so far (C Major, D Major)

3) New 5-finger pattern - E Major

4) Several new songs:

- Surfing (p. 9)

- Autumn (p. 10)

- Caution (p. 10)

As always, students should watch the lesson, take the quiz, and practice all these components until they are easy! Once they can play everything perfectly, they are ready to move on to the next lesson.

15 Lesson 15 - Daydreams, Campfires, and more 22:31

This lesson includes the following:

1) Warm-up exercise "Worming Around 4", which reviews the intervals of 2nds and 4ths.

2) Review of the major 5-finger patterns we have already covered (C Major, D Major, and E Major)

3) New 5-finger pattern - F Major

4) Four new songs:

- Daydreams

- Campfires

- Somersaults

- Chin Up!

 

16 Lesson 16 - Are You Sleeping 22:07

This lesson contains the following components:

1) A review of the 5-finger patterns we have learned so far (C Major, D Major, E Major, F Major)

2) A new 5-finger pattern - G Major

3) Two songs from the Music Tree book:

- Robot (p. 13)

- The Deep (p. 14)

4) One supplemental piece:

- Are You Sleeping

Unit 3 - Beginning a 2nd below landmarks

17 Lesson 17 - After Rain, Fireflies and more 20:10

This lesson contains the following components:

1) The warm-up, "Worming Around 5", which reviews the intervals of 2nds and 5ths.

2) Review of the major 5-finger patterns we have already learned (C, D, E, F, G)

3) New 5-finger pattern: A Major

4) New Songs from the Music Tree book:

- After Rain (p. 15)

- Fireflies (p. 15)

- Encore (p. 16)

- Model T (p. 16)

 

18 Lesson 18 - Cowboys and Whippoorwill 16:55

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Worming Around #6 - warm-up exercise to help practice identifying the intervals of 3rds and 5ths.

2) Review of all the major 5-finger patterns we have covered so far (C, D, E, F, G, A)

3) New 5-finger pattern - B Major

4) Two new songs:

- Cowboys (p. 17)

- Whippoorwill (p. 18)

Students should practice the parts above, as well as review all the other songs we have learned in Unit 3 of the Music Tree book (p. 15-16).

19 Lesson 19 - Minor 5-Finger Patterns 26:20

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Warm-up on p. 20 of the Music Tree book

2) Explanation of MINOR 5-finger patterns:

- Students will learn that to make a MAJOR 5-finger pattern into a MINOR 5-finger pattern, all they have to do is lower the 3rd note by a half step. The pattern of whole and half steps then becomes Whole-Half-Whole-Whole.

- Students will play the C Major and c minor 5-finger patterns.

3) Two new songs from the book:

- Swinging (p. 19)

- Song of the Day (p. 20)

4) One new supplemental song:

- Mary Had a Little Lamb

Students should practice all the components above, as well as review the other songs from Unit 3 of the Music Tree book (p. 15-18).

Unit 4 - Songs using 5ths

20 Lesson 20 - Songs using 5ths 20:02

This lesson includes the following components:

1) The warm-up exercise, "Worming Around #7", which reviews the intervals of 3rds and 4ths.

2) A review of all the 5-finger patterns we have learned so far (C, D, E, F, G, A, and B Major, as well as C minor)

3) A new 5-finger pattern: d minor

4) Five new songs from the Music Tree book:

- Cookie Jar (p. 21)

- Sick in Bed (p. 21)

- Weeping Willows (p. 22)

- First Class (p. 22)

- Dizzy (p. 22)

 

21 Lesson 21 - Tugboat Annie, Harbor Buoys, and more 21:22

This lesson includes the following components:

1) Warm-up exercise, "Worming Around #8", which will review the intervals of 4ths and 5ths.

2) Review of all the 5-finger patterns covered so far (C, D, E, F, G, A, and B Major, as well as C and D minor)

3) New 5-finger pattern: E minor.

4) Overview of three new songs:

- Tugboat Annie (p. 23)

- Harbor Buoys (p. 23)

- Spanish Guitars (p. 24)

When practicing, students should work on all the material above, as well as the other songs from Unit 4 of the Music Tree that we have covered (review p. 21-22).

22 Lesson 22 - Rubber Boots, Wooden Shoes, and more 22:27

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Thoroughly goes through the warm-up on p. 26.

2) Reviews all the major 5-finger patterns (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and minor 5-finger patterns (C, D, E) that we have learned.

3) Teaches a new 5-finger pattern: f minor

4) Covers 2 songs from the Music Tree book:

- Rubber Boots (p. 25)

- Wooden Shoes (p. 26)

5) Covers one supplemental piece

- Peas Porrage Hot

When practicing, students should learn all the material above, as well as review the songs from Unit 4 of the Music Tree book that we have already covered (p. 21 - 24).

Unit 5 - Songs using 3rds

23 Lesson 23 - Eighth Note Practice 21:00

This lesson includes the following components:

1) Two-handed rhythm practice, incorporating whole notes, dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

2) Review of the 5-finger patterns covered so far (Major: C, D, E, F, G, A, B and Minor: c, d, e, f)

3) New 5-finger pattern - g minor

4) Four new songs:

- Donkey Talk (p. 27)

- Temper Tantrum (p. 27)

- Shaky (p. 28)

- Men from Mars (p. 28)

Students should practice everything listed above, as well as the warm-up on p. 26.

24 Lesson 24 - Harvest Waltz, Polka, and more 21:17

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Two-handed rhythm practice examples #4-6, using whole notes, dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

2) Review of all the major (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and minor (c, d, e, f, g) 5-finger patterns learned so far.

3) New 5-finger pattern: a minor.

4) Three new songs:

- Harvest Waltz (p. 29)

- Polka (p. 29)

- Walking Like Elephants (p. 30)

Students should practice everything above, as well as the warm-up on p. 26 and previous songs from Unit 5 (p. 27-28). When all that is mastered, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

25 Lesson 25 - A Tisket, A Tasket 25:22

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Review of all the major (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and minor (c, d, e, f, g, a) 5-finger patterns learned so far.

3) New 5-finger pattern: b minor.

4) Three new songs from the Music Tree book:

- Shop Work (p. 31)

- In the Moonlight (p. 31)

- Dreaming (p. 32)

5) One new supplemental piece:

- A Tisket, a Tasket

Students should practice everything above, as well as the warm-up on p. 26 and previous songs from Unit 5 (p. 27-30). When all that is mastered, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

Unit 6 - Form in Music

26 Lesson 26 - Scales & Keys 17:57

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Explanation of the purpose of scales and how a scale includes all the notes that would be played in a certain "key".

2) The left hand fingering for the C Major scale.

3) Introduction to how to use the scale fingering chart attached to this lesson.

4) Two new songs:

- Early in the Morning (p. 33)

- Drum and Bugle (p. 34)

27 Lesson 27 - Flats and Sharps 22:38

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the C Major scale with both the left and right hands.

2) Names of the black keys and how sharps and flats work.

3) How to use the Piano Skills Checklist attached to this lesson.

4) Four new songs involving sharps and flats:

- Spooks (p. 52)

- Copycat (p. 52)

- Which One? (p. 53)

- Indecisive (p. 53)

Students should review the songs from last lesson as well (p. 33 Early in the Morning and p. 34 Drum and Bugle). When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

 

 

28 Lesson 28 - Relative Minor Keys 21:34

This lesson contains the following components:

1) Short-cut on how to name all the lines and spaces of the treble and bass staff.

2) Overview of relative scales

3) How to play the A minor scale with both the right and left hand.

4) Three new songs:

- Bicycle Ride (p. 35)

- Simple Song (p. 36)

- Fiesta (p. 36)

Students should review the other songs from Unit 6 as well (p. 33 Early in the Morning and p. 34 Drum and Bugle). When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

29 Lesson 29 - Surprise Symphony 29:05

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the G Major scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Warm-ups on p. 39 and p. 32.

3) Two-Handed Rhythms 7-9, which use whole notes, dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

4) Two new songs:

- Reuben and Rachel (p. 37)

- Surprise Symphony (p. 37)

Students should review the other songs from Unit 6 as well (p. 33-36). When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

30 Lesson 30 - Twinkle, Twinkle 21:52

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the e minor scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Three new songs:

- First Boogie (p. 38)

- Harmonica Player (p. 39)

- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (supplementary)

Students should review the other songs from Unit 6 as well (p. 33-37). When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

Unit 7 - Songs using 4ths

31 Lesson 31 - Ties & Upbeats 15:59

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the D Major scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Two-Handed Rhythms 10-12, which use dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

3) Seven new "mini" songs:

- Fish Market (p. 40)

- Marching Band (p. 40)

- Collision (p. 41)

- Cold Engine (p. 41)

- Scotland's Burning (p. 41)

- On Tiptoe (p. 42)

- Feeling Upbeat! (p. 42)

Students should review all the previous scales we have learned, in addition to the components listed above. When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

32 Lesson 32 - The Farmer in the Dell 13:57

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the b minor scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Two-Handed Rhythms 13-15, which use whole notes, dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

3) Three new songs:

- Camel Ride

- The Farmer in the Dell

- This is It! (From "The Bug's Bunny Show")

Students should learn the components listed above, and review all the previous scales and the previous songs from Unit 7. When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

33 Lesson 33 - Jack Be Nimble 16:40

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the A Major scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Overview of the warm-ups on p. 46 of the book.

3) Three new songs:

- Bingo (p. 45)

- Rockin' Fourths (p. 46)

- Jack Be Nimble (supplementary)

Students should review all the previous scales we have learned, the previous songs from Unit 7, as well as the new items listed above. When all of these components are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

Unit 8 - Playing with Rests

34 Lesson 34 - Forest Echoes 14:44

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the E Major scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Two-Handed Rhythms 16-18, which use dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

3) Five new songs:

- Hiccups (p. 47)

- Riddle (p. 47)

- Jumpy (p. 47)

- Awkward (p. 47)

- Forest Echoes (p. 48)

Students should review all the previous scales we have learned in addition to the components listed above. When all of these are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

35 Lesson 35 - Over the Rainbow 20:32

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the B Major scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Four new songs:

- Cheshire Cat (p. 49)

- Little Drummer (p. 49)

- Over the Rainbow (p. 50)

- Oh My Darling (supplemental)

Students should review all the previous scales we have learned, the previous songs in Unit 8, as well as the components listed above. When all of these are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

Unit 9 - More Sharps and Flats

36 Lesson 36 - County Fair 23:30

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the F Major scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Warm-ups on p. 51.

3) Two-Handed Rhythms 19-21, which uses the sixteenth note for the first time!

4) Two new songs:

- County Fair (p. 54)

- Grand Entrance (p. 55)

Students should review all the previous scales, the previous songs from Unit 9, as well as the new items listed above. When all of these are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

37 Lesson 37 - Take Me Out to the Ball Game 16:47

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the d minor scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Three new songs:

- Rock Around the Block (p. 56)

- Improvisation (p. 57)

- Take Me Out to the Ball Game (supplemental)

Students should review all the previous scales, the previous songs from Unit 9, as well as the new items listed above. When all of these are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

Unit 10 - Rules for Sharps, Flats, and Naturals

38 Lesson 38 - Leaky Faucet 21:39

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the g minor scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Warm-ups on p. 57.

3) Two-Handed Rhythms 22-24, which uses dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.

4) Four new songs:

- Cafeteria (p.58)

- Cafeteria - another version! (p. 58)

- Bubbles (p. 59)

- Leaky Faucet (p. 59)

Students should review all the previous scales as well as the new components listed above. When all of these are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

39 Lesson 39 - The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down 27:23

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the c minor scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Two-Handed Rhythms 25-27, which uses half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.

3) Four new songs:

- Bongo (p. 60)

- Tick-Tock Blues (p. 60)

- Pony Song (p. 61)

- The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (p. 62)

Students should review all the previous scales, the previous songs from Unit 10, as well as the new components listed above. When all of these are easy, they are ready to move on to the next lesson!

40 Lesson 40 - Oh When the Saints 18:33

This lesson contains the following components:

1) How to play the f minor scale with both the right hand and left hand.

2) Warm-ups on p. 64.

3) Three new songs:

- When the Saints Go Marching In (p. 63)

- Slightly Jazzy (p. 64)

- Pop Goes the Weasel (Supplementary)

Students should review all the previous scales, all the songs from Unit 10, as well as the new components listed above. When all of these are easy, they have officially completed this course!!

Overview: Learn to play the piano and become a well-rounded musician through this carefully tailored piano course. The structure of each video mimics that of a private lesson - beginning with warm-ups or theory, moving into new concepts or repertoire, and ending with a challenge to practice. Once the music feels confident, students can show off their skills using the accompaniment videos provided!

Target Audience: The course offers built in versatility to accomodate different ages and levels of musical backround (age 7 - adult). A student who is already proficient at another instrument will be able to move quickly through the videos, with fewer practice days in between. Students who are brand new to music reading will enjoy being able to re-watch portions of the lesson to aid them in their practice time. On average, students should probably spend about a week practicing and reviewing the material covered before moving on to the next video lesson. 

Younger students: Parents are encouraged to watch each video lesson with their child to facilitate quality practice throughout the week, reinforce proper technique and posture, and encourage students as they progress! Ocassionally modifications will be offered in the video lesson (for example, parents can make the decision as to whether their child should learn their scales with just hands seperate, or put both hands together. Both are demonstrated in the video lessons). At the beginning of the course, parents can teach their children how to pause the video, work on the skill demonstrated, and continue watching. Eventually, the parents can phase out when they find their child can work successfully on their own!

Older students or those with previous music reading experience: These students will enjoy occasional challenges to pause the video, try something on their own, and continue watching to check their work. In some cases students should watch the song demonstrated before playing, while at other times they may enjoy trying to "sight-read" easier songs along with the video and see how they do. The piano skills checklist attached to Lesson 27 will allow them to track their progress in 5-finger patterns and 1-octave scales, as well as inspire them to continue onward once this course is completed (there are columns for 2-octave scales, arpeggios, etc). 

Course Contents:

  • 40 Video Lessons covering over 100 songs
  • 31 Accompaniment tracks (duet parts)
  • 8 Interval Practice Exercises ("Worming Around")
  • 27 Two-Handed Rhythm Exercises
  • 39 mini-quizzes
  • 1 end of course test
  • Assorted reference sheets including, but not limited to:

- 5-Finger Patterns Fillable Packet
- 1-Octave Scale Fingering Chart
- Posture Reference Sheet
- Piano Practice Record
- Notes & Rest Chart

A Clear Path Forward: In addition to 22 songs arranged specifically for this course, the video lessons cover all 91 songs in Part 1 of "The Music Tree" piano series (seperate purchase required, $8.99 on Amazon). This was a very deliberate choice, as I firmly believe the sequential nature of an excellent teaching series will allow students to most easily continue onward with a live teacher upon completion of this video course.

This course coincides with "Music Tree Series" as follows:

- Covers all the topics from the "Time to Begin" primer book (purchase NOT required)
- Covers all the topics and songs from Part 1 (purchase required)
- Pre-teaches some topics which they will encounter later in the series (5-Finger patterns and eighth notes are introduced in Part 2A, 1-Octave scales in Part 2B, and Sixteenth Notes and relative keys in Part 3).  

Economical: While every student is different, the material covered in this course would take most of my beginning private students a minimum of 40 lessons to complete (depending on the amount they practiced between lessons). In my area, the average rate for a private lesson is $30, so if a student forgets content or comes to a lesson unprepared, they may end up paying for essentially the same lesson several weeks in a row. In this course, students can re-watch a lesson as many times as necessary and work at the pace that is suitable for them. If they work carefully and diligently, they can learn the content with the same excellence for significantly less than they would in private lessons which could easily exceed $1200 or more. Once your child has shown this committment and progress, they will have well earned the right to continue with a private teacher - and I highly recommend doing so!

Course Structure: This course is divided into 12 sections covering the following topics:

Section 1:

- Finding an instrument
- Practicing expectations
- Alignment and posture
- Rhythmic values overview
- Keyboard layout
- Finger numbers
- Pre-reading
- White Keys Names

 Section 2:

- Intervals
- Clefs
- Time Signatures
- The Grand Staff
- Landmarks

 Section 3:

- Dynamic Markings
- Whole and half steps
- Major 5-Finger Patterns (C and D)
- Songs beginning on landmarks
- Supplementary Piece: Diddle-Diddle Dumpling

 Section 4:

- Continuation of Major 5-Finger Patterns (E, F, G)
- The repeat sign
- Songs beginning a 2nd above landmarks
- Supplementary Piece: Are You Sleeping

 Section 5:

- Continuation of Major 5-Finger Patterns (A, B)
- Minor 5-Finger Patterns (c)
- Songs beginning a 2nd below landmarks
- Supplementary Piece: Mary Had a Little Lamb

 Section 6:

- Minor 5-finger Patterns (d, e, f)
- Songs using the 5th
- Supplementary Piece: Peas Porrage Hot

 Section 7:

- 2-Handed Rhythm Exercises
- Minor 5-finger Patterns (g, a, b)
- Songs using the 3rd
- Supplementary Piece: A Tisket, A Tasket

 Section 8:

- 2-Handed Rhythm Exercises
- 1-Octave Scales (C Major, a minor, G Major, e minor)
- Relative Minor Keys
- Sharps and Flats
- Short-cut to naming notes of the Grand Staff
- Using Letters to Mark Form
- Supplementary Piece: Twinkle, Twinkle

 Section 9: 

- 2-Handed Rhythm Exercises
- 1-Octave Scales (D Major, b minor, A Major)
- Ties and Upbeats
- Songs using 4ths
- Supplementary Piece: Jack Be Nimble

 Section 10:

- 2-Handed Rhythm Exercises
- 1-Octave Scales (E Major, B Major)
- Songs using rests
- Supplementary Piece: Oh My Darling

 Section 11:

- 2-Handed Rhythm Exercises
- 1-Octave Scales (F Major, d minor)

- Songs with sharps and flats
- Supplementary Piece: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

 Section 12:

- 2-Handed Rhythm Exercises
- 1-Octave Scales (g minor, c minor)
- Rules for sharps, flats, and naturals
- Supplementary Piece: Pop Goes the Weasel

  • Teacher: Hope
  • Areas of expertise: Piano; Music theory; General Music
  • Education: Bachelor of Music, Montclair State Univeristy, NJ
  • Interests: Piano, Hiking, Playing strategy board games, Family!
  • Skills: Piano accompanist & performer; choir director; organist.
  • Associations: NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, Music Education K-12 Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification NJPTA (North Jersey Piano Teachers Association) NJHSA (North Jersey Homeschoolers Association) NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
  • Issues I care about: Enabling students to "be their own teacher" and achieve their goals.

As a classically trained pianist, I have a great appreciation for music of the past, but also love to be able to apply my skills in the present day. Whether it is playing classic hymns in church, modern arrangements in weddings, or contemplative pieces at home, I love to be able to use music to bless others. Even more than that - my greatest joy is being able to pass on that gift to others, and watch them progress week by week in their newfound skills!

Answer Key

Contains answers to the 39 "mini-quizzes" that follow each lesson, in addition to the end of course test which appears in lesson 40.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Key

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Key

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 1

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 1 (p. 4-9), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Music Box (p. 8)
  • Over and Over (p. 8)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 2

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 2 (p. 10-14), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Campfires (p. 11)
  • Somersaults (p. 12)
  • Robot (p. 13)
  • The Deep (p. 14)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 3

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 3 (p. 15-20), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Model T (p. 16)
  • Cowboys (p. 17)
  • Whippoorwill (p. 18)
  • Swinging (p. 19)
  • Song of the Day (p. 20)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 4

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 4 (p. 21-26), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Harbor Buoys (p. 23)
  • Spanish Guitars (p. 24)
  • Rubber Boots (p. 25)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 5

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 5 (p. 27-32), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Polka (p. 29)
  • Walking Like Elephants (p. 30)
  • Dreaming (p. 32)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 6

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 6 (p. 33-39), try playing this song with accompaniment!

  • Bicycle Ride (p. 35)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 7

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 7 (p. 40-46), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • The Farmer in the Dell (p. 43)
  • This Is It! (p. 44)
  • Bingo (p. 45)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 8

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 8 (p. 47-51), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Forest Echoes (p. 48)
  • Cheshire Cat (p. 49)
  • Over the Rainbow (p. 50)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 9

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 9 (p. 52-57), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Copycat (p. 52)
  • Indecisive (p. 53)
  • County Fair (p. 54)
  • Rock Around the Block (p. 56)

Accompaniment Tracks - Unit 10

Once you have mastered all the songs in Unit 10 (p. 58-64), try playing these songs with accompaniments!

  • Bubbles (p. 59)
  • Leaky Faucet (p. 59)
  • Tick-Tock Blues (p. 60)
  • The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (p. 62)
  • When the Saints Go Marching In (p. 63)
  • Slightly Jazzy (p. 64)

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