ADULT MUSIC EDUCATION
Small group classes at
Ainslie Arts Centre
Monday 11:15am NEW (T1 2020) | Mondays 7pm NEW (T1 2020) | Tuesdays 6pm CONTINUING
Group format piano lessons for adults who are absolute beginners, Piano 101 introduces students to easy, logical and step-by-step ways to gain familiarity with the piano, by providing the foundations for both the physical aspects of playing and following a written score.
Goals & outcomes: To be able to play short piano pieces with two hands, incorporating melody and harmony, with progressive accomplishment over the year. Students will learn simple improvisation techniques; how to read and respond to a piano score; and begin developing aural and sight-reading skills.
Prerequisite knowledge: None. For absolute beginners. This class is suitable for adults of any age, new to the piano.
About the classes: Classes include: (a) weekly one-hour face-to-face group lessons; plus (b) weekly online delivery of progressive course content, over a term. Terms generally coincide with ACT school term dates. Although enrolment is on a per term basis, the complete Piano 101 course incorporates four successive terms, with each term building on skills learnt in the previous term:
How to Play the Piano – Technique (understanding chords, bass-lines, riffs, scales, improvising)
Learning to Read – Chunking (learning pattern-based sight-reading skills)
Understanding Sheet Music – Reading (extending reading skills in a stylistic context)
Musical Interpretation – Playing (developing technical, reading, and improvising skills)
Piano 101 incorporates a variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, ragtime, blues, jazz, show tunes, popular and film music.
Progressive learning is offered through Continuing Piano 101 and Piano 201 classes in subsequent years.
Full class fee: $285 plus $15 text fee per term