Subject Area: Music
Teacher: Mrs. Moreno
Description: This class will provide students with the fundamentals of piano, whether students are novice piano players, have taken lessons in the past, or are currently taking lessons. Students in piano class are encouraged to buy their own instrument and appropriate equipment to practice with at home. The Weiss School will provide a class set of instruments, but students will be expected to meet certain standards and pass assessments, therefore owning an instrument will benefit each student greatly. Piano class will include learning and advancing the following skills: reading and composing music, knowledge of music history, proper piano technique, sight reading, accompanying and responding to others, ear training, and performing.
Each class will have ample time to practice and will be paced according to each student’s piano level. Students play on high-quality, full-size (88 keys), weighted action digital pianos from Yamaha and Starfavor. Some of the concepts that we will be exploring while in class include right & left hands separate, right & left hands together, rhythm, counting, notes, rests, chords, both Treble & Bass Clef staffs, the musical alphabet, dynamics (softs & louds), scales, proper technique (hand positioning), performance etiquette, performance practice, and applicable theory to students’ selected performance piece.
Course Expectations: Students will be expected to play a variety of repertoire including solos, duets, and accompaniments as well as perform in a variety of settings including in class assessments and performances, school events, community events, and more.