Assignments and Repertoire
"Works in Progress" ... practice "Playing Test" piece,
work on recital piece(s), scales and technique, complete theory assignments, and read ahead in the handbook.
Playing Test #2 dates: TBA
*Will include test piece and scales
Piano Handbook Test: TBA
Student Recital: Early January
A formal evening recital will be performed by Level III and III+ students
An informal daytime recital will be performed by Level 1.5 & II students
*More information on dates, times, and location to follow.
FINAL EXAM TEST PIECES
Performance objectives/rubric may include:
Identifying basic elements, note accuracy, rhythmic accuracy,
finger position/posture, technique, sightreading
Beginner - Level 1:
Novice - Level 1.5:
Intermediate - Level 2: ... Test pieces to be announced later ...
Advanced - Level 3:
College - Level 3+:
THEORY ASSIGNMENTS can now be found, by level,
* See link below for additional theory lessons, exercises, and tools
"The Piano Handbook"
(Assignments for each unit will include reading, review guide, test)
"The Story of the Piano" - The origins and evolution of the piano
Unit 1 - The keyboard, posture and technique, reading music, hand positions and fingering, hands separately and together, the passing thumb, scale and triads
Unit 2 - The black notes, keys & key signatures, major and minor, intervals, major & minor scales, broken chords
Unit 3 - Dynamics, articulation, expression, tempo, extended hand position, legato & staccato, triplets, hand position changes, chromatic scale on D
Unit 4 - Rhythmic shaping, Extended hand position, Cantabile, Scales, One-Octave arpeggios
Unit 5 - Compound time, Thumb control, Direct Pedalling, Tonal balance, Espressivo, Two-octave chromatic scale, Four-note broken chords
Unit 6 - Composing & Improvising, Harmony, Keys, Chord layout, Voice-leading, Chord progressions, Cadences, Melody and Harmony