Piano Lab I: Beginning Piano (MIN2249.03, section 3) (faculty and day/time updated as of 12/1/2023)

Ben April

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.

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
Th 2:00PM-2:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: Every Term

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