Keyboarding Group Class


Course Description:

These notes are intended for those taking part in the group keyboarding classes.  All levels follow a similar format. However, the examples used, depth of topics, and speed of progression varies.

 

Keyboarding (12 Week Course)

Week 1 – Welcome:

  1. Course Introduction:
    1. General Overview
    2. “Do and Do Not”
      1. Posture, Joints, Shoulders, Arms, Hands, Fingers and Attack
      2. Positioning of hands at piano
    3. Labels
      1. Finger Numbers
      2. High vs. Low
      3. Musical Alphabet
      4. Piano Layout
    4. Solfege
    5. Warm Up Exercises
      1. 5 finger walk
      2. 4 on the floor
      3. Thirds
      4. 4 Times each
      5. Scale
      6. Doh to Ri, Doh to Mi, etc…
      7. Each above exercise can be played Legato and Staccato
    6. Melody Playback

 

Week 2 – Different Notation Methods:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warmups
    1. Melody Playback
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Standard Notation
    1. Quick Look
  5. Lead Sheets
    1. Quick Look
  6. Solfege
    1. Quick Look
    2. Fingering
      1. 1st or 5th Finger always on Doh
  7. Chord Charts
    1. Quick Look
  8. Lyrics/Chords
    1. Quick Look

 

Week 3 – Rhythm:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading
  5. Note Values and Rest Counterparts
  6. Key Signatures and How It Relates

 

Week 4 – Pitch:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 5 – Treble and Bass Clef:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 6 – Chords:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 7 – Lead Sheets (Note Vs. Chords):

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 8 – Left Hand Alternatives:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 9 – Chord Inversions:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 10 – Recap of Year:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading
  5. Q&A
  6. Recital Preparation

 

Week 11 – Recital Preparation:

  1. Previous Class Recap
  2. Warm-ups
  3. Finger Exercises
  4. Sight Reading

 

Week 12 – Recital:

  1. Setup for Recital
  2. Collect all performance song information
  3. Performance
  4. Party

 

Additional Topic 1 – Playing By Ear:

  1. Improvisation
    1. Pentatonic Scale

 

Additional Topic 2 – Improvisation:

  1. Pentatonic Scale

 

Additional Topic 3 – Creating your own arrangement:

  1. hjvhjv

 

Additional Topic 4 – Forms:

  1. klhl

 

Additional Topic 5 – Style:

  1. kjhbjk

 

 

General Documents For All Levels:

Sheet Music Samples:

Audio Samples:

Video Samples:

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