Have you ever dreamed of playing the piano? Whether you love music, want to play piano or keyboard for your family and friends, or desire to be a music star, this course is a great place to start. No prior music experience is needed. You will learn the fundamentals of music and the basic skills necessary to play a wide variety of music styles. Your video presenter, Analine, will take you through each step of this journey towards becoming a skilled pianist and musician. This course can be used as a performing/fine arts credit to meet the fine art requirement for high school graduation. Let’s get started!
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music and keyboard basics by defining the basic elements of music, explaining the relationship between time and sound in music, identifying finger numbers as well as different notes and rhythms, and demonstrating how to play a piece of music using the black keys and a variety of dynamics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of music notation and the keyboard by describing fundamental concepts of music notation, identifying the location of all the white keys on the keyboard, and playing rhythm studies and melodies as well as a piece of music using note and rest values.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basics of reading piano music by describing fundamental concepts of the grand staff, explaining steps and skips, identifying changes in pitch, comparing and contrasting dynamic marks, and playing two notes on the piano simultaneously as well as pieces of music that use notes on the treble and bass clef staff.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of reading piano music by identifying a variety of notes on the bass clef as well as melodic and harmonic intervals in music, explaining tempo markings, and reading and playing a piece of music in two parts using the C major five-finger scale.
You will need a functioning keyboard instrument (acoustic or electronic) and a way to record and submit a video performance to your instructor. Common types of acoustic keyboard instruments include upright pianos and grand pianos. The sound is produced by hammers striking the strings, which happens whenever you press a key. The keys on acoustic pianos are touch-sensitive so that when you press the keys lightly, you produce a soft sound, and when you press the keys heavily, you produce a louder sound. Standard-size pianos have 88 keys, but the number of keys may vary from piano to piano.
Acoustic pianos may require occasional tuning by a piano technician. Common types of electronic keyboard instruments include digital pianos and electric keyboards. A digital piano is designed to feel—and sound like—an acoustic piano, having the same number of touch-sensitive keys. An electric keyboard may or may not have touch-sensitive keys and usually has fewer keys and more sound effects than a digital piano.
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