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Piano II: Focus on Reading

Arizona State University via Kadenze

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Overview

This course presents six sessions in which the student continues to expand their knowledge of piano technique, repertoire and musical concepts, including eighth notes, treble C pentascale, G pentascales, sharps and flats and intervals of 4ths, 5ths and 6ths. Each session contains a video lecture presented by the Instructor, piano practice assignments and graded assignments that include a quiz about music terms, theory and/or ear training and a video assessment of the student playing selected piano technique and repertoire. The course also includes a graded assignment for two concert reviews, which can be completed at any time during the course, and a final exam in which the student will perform a memorized piece of music of the Instructor’s choice for an audience.

Syllabus

Session 1: Eighth (8th) Notes 
Play Db, Ab and Eb Major 5-finger patterns and arpeggios. Play D Major I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing eighth (8th) notes. Choose and play a piece by ear. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 2: Treble Space Notes: F-A-C-E 
Play F Major and Bb Major I-IV-I-V7-I. Play treble space notes F-A-C-E going up and down. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 3: Treble C Pentascale 
Play a piece utilizing imitation. Play and read the notes of a treble C pentascale. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 4: G Pentascales 
Play A Minor 5-finger pattern, arpeggios, and i–iv–i–V7-i chord progression. Play bass and treble clef G pentascales. Read and play Gsus4 chord. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 5: Sharps And Flats 
Play D and E Minor 5-finger patterns, arpeggios, and i–iv–i–V7-i chord progressions. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing sharps. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing flats. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing naturals. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.
Session 6: Intervals: 4ths, 5ths, 6ths 
Play C Minor 5-finger pattern, arpeggio, and i–iv–i–V7-i chord progression. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing 4ths. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing 5ths. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing 6ths. Demonstrate knowledge of reading and playing blocked and broken intervals. Play the required repertoire with proper fingering, notes, rhythm and musicality. Define given music terms and demonstrate knowledge of the associated music theory.

Taught by

Hannah Creviston

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