Piano Lab I: Beginning Piano (MIN2249.01, section 1) (faculty updated as of 11/27/2023)

Chris Rose

Have you been thinking about learning to play the piano? Perhaps you have a little experience from childhood and want to get back into it? Are you a singer, songwriter, producer, or composer who wants to accompany themselves, learn to read sheet music and chord symbols, and/or understand the basics of music theory? Maybe you are completely new to playing an instrument, and want to give it a try?

If you answered yes, then Piano Lab I might be right for you. We gather once a week in groups of six, with each student working individually on full-size keyboards with headphones. We take turns playing for each other on the Steinway baby grand, with a small concert at the end of the term. Since it’s a lab class, there is a focus on individual goals and progress, with some group activities and lots of group support.

One to two hours per week of individual practice is expected. This section of Piano Lab will consist of weekly, twenty minute one-on-one lessons with the instructor, at a time on Tuesday or Wednesday, as arranged with the instructor.

Learning Outcomes:
In this course, the students will:
-Experience and identify the notes of the keyboard and their relationships.
-Learn to read and play the notes of the grand staff (treble clef and bass clef).
-Understand and follow their favorite songs in sheet music, lead sheet, and chord chart formats.
-Improvise using common rhythms in meters like 4/4 and 3/4.
-Grasp key music theory ideas like major and minor scales and chords, key signatures, and markings of style and interpretation.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
TBA (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: Every Term

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