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WE LEARN BY HEARING!

Have you ever seen someone who could play almost any song without looking at a sheet of music? Our focus is developing musicians that use the ability of listening, to play any song! Ear training is a teachable gift for anyone interested in learning how to play the piano. We have different level classes to meet the student's need.

Approximate time periods of level completion depend on student’s attendance for weekly lessons and student’s practice schedule.

LEVEL 1 - Beginners (4-8 months*)

Anchor 1

Introduction of piano foundation. Basic understanding of notes, chord structures, number system. scales, ear training, inversions and steps. Student will be able to play basic songs under low to moderate pressure.

Lesson Criteria

Ear Training

     Major and Minor Chord Identification

Note Identification

Number Recognition

Additional Major Scale

Substitute Bass Notes

Basic Fingering Techniques

2 Song Completions

Recognizing Notes (naturals, sharps, flats)

C Major Scale

C Major Number System

Half Steps/Whole Steps

All Major Chords

All Minors Chords

All 7th Chords

All Diminished Chords

Inversions

LEVEL 2 - Intermediate (3-6 months*)

Level 2

Larger chord structures, additional scales, more complex ear training and complex inversions. The Number system is expand to understand common progressions and how to implement them ins songs. Student will be able to expand song repertoire and play under moderate pressure.

Lesson Criteria

Inversions

     Chord Identification

Note Identification

Number Recognition

Using Sustain Pedal

Left Hand Scales/Grooves

Understanding Charts

6 Song Completions

All Major Scales/Number Systems

Arpeggios

All Major 7th Chords

All Minor 7th Chords

All Minor/Major Chords

All Half Diminished Chords

All Full Diminished Chords

7 3 6 Chord Progression (advanced chords implemented)

6 2 5 1 Chord Progression (advanced chords implemented)

LEVEL 3 - Advanced (3-6 months*)

Level 3

Advanced chords are taught and explained. Left hand chords and chord combinations are focused on. Student will be able to expand song repertoire and play under moderate or high pressure.

Lesson Criteria

All Suspended 2 and Suspended 4 Chords

All 7th Suspended 2 and 7th Suspended 4 Chords

All 6th Chords

All Minor 6th Chords

All Augmented Chords

Left Hand Chords and Placement

All 9th Chords

All 11th Chords

All 13th Chords

All Major and Minor 9th Chords

All Major and Minor 11th Chords

Chord Voicing

Inversions

     Chord Identification

Note Identification

Number Recognition

10 Song Completions

LEVEL 4 - Mastery (4-8 months*)

Mastery

Understanding the piano concepts of improvisation, playing with a band, and organ techniques are the focus. Student will be able to expand song repertoire and play under high pressure.

Lesson Criteria

“Church” Licks

Organ Training

     Understanding Foot Pedals

Understanding Drawbars

Positioning

Voicing

Dynamics

All Chord Modifications

Tri-Tones and Chord Substitutions

Minor Scales

Blues Scales

Improvisation Techniques

Song Creation

Concepts on Playing with A Band

Melody Playing

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