you may choose from either playing a piano or a keyboard. The course takes the student on progression right from beginner levels to grade eight at A.B.R.S.M and L.C.M examinations. This course is offered in a class format using either the piano or the electronic keyboard facilities. Special attention is given to basic piano techniques playing by ear and music sight reading.
A wide range of repertoire is covered but it is absolutely important that the student has in their reach an instrument for practice purposes. Students can make use of the school’s instrument subject to availability.
Grade 1- this course is taught in a classroom/piano laboratory environment and is intended for those who have no piano background. students who have previously studied piano should enroll in a higher level course. The student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to:
- perform pieces involving use of both hands simultaneously, within a limited range
- play simple pieces in a variety of keys
- execute major scales starting on white notes (both hands together)
- play five finger patterns (penta scales) starting on any notes
theory covered in this class includes finger numbers, note reading, rhythm, dynamics, legato/ staccato, key signatures, intervals and rests.
Grade 2- this course is taught in a classroom/ keyboard laboratory environment and assumes that students are familiar with most of the material covered in grade 1 and can playsimple pieces competently using both hands. A student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to:
- perform works involving leaps and changes in hand position
- sight read simple pieces with both hands simultaneously.
- transpose simple pieces to avariety of keys
- improvise simple melodies and accompaniments
theory covered in this course icludes more complex rhythms, detailed study of keys and key signatures, types of chords and chord progressions and harmonisation.
Grade 3- this course is taught in a clasroom/ piano laboratory environment and assumes a sound knowledge of basic piano techniques and music theory, as covered by earlier grades. this class is primarily a class for the development and improvement of repertoire and technique. The student achieving a passing grade in this class will be able to:
- perfrom intermediate level piano works from all stylistic periods (Baroque, classical, romantic modern)
- play scales, arpeggios and chords in all keys
Grade 4- this course is intended for those who have passed third grade or students at an advanced level who have previously studied piano formally for several years. instruction in this course is one on one with a tutor in a weekly lesson. Material covered in this course is individually determined by the instructor to match the students musical and technical needs. students who register for this course will be assessed prior to enrollment.