Classical Piano Course
Beginner level

Course Details

This course aims to help complete beginners begin their journey in learning classical piano. You will learn the right finger techniques to play the piano and the basic music theory for beginner pianists, including how to read sheet music.

Then you will learn the 5- finger patterns that can quickly get you started with playing simple pieces. After that, we will learn scales and arpeggios, the building blocks of music.

You will also learn chords (triads) and how to harmonize a melody using triads. This helps you understand how harmony works and gain better appreciation for music.

By the end of this course, you will have the musical knowledge and the technical skills to play Classical pieces by well-known composers such as Lully, Haydn, and Schubert.

This course, although laid out as a classical piano course, covers fundamentals that are suitable for pianists interested in all styles and genres.

Course Instructor: Michelle Huang

  • Piano

  • Beginner

  • 40 Lessons

  • 10+ Hours of Video

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Correct posture
  • Navigating the keyboard
  • Reading sheet music
  • Basic theory for pianists
  • Finger techniques
  • Scales and arpeggios
  • 5-finger patterns
  • Chords: triads and how to harmonize using them
  • Essential repertoire such as works by Haydn and Schubert

WHO IT’S FOR:

Complete beginners and
Intermediate pianists who want to review the basics. This course covers fundamentals for both classical and non-classical genres.

Course Content

Module 1:

Fundamentals

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Posture and hand shape
  • Lesson 2 – Basic note values and dynamics
  • Lesson 3 – Musical Staff
  • Lesson 4 – Tempo, articulations, and rests
  • Lesson 5 – New note values, meter, and dynamics

Module 2:

More Fundamentals

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Key signature
  • Lesson 2 – Articulations
  • Lesson 3 – Finger strength and dexterity
  • Lesson 4 – Harmonization
  • Lesson 5 – Repertoire – Carefree Johnny and Pequeña Polka

Module 3:

Major Five Finger Patterns On White Keys

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Major five finger patterns on white keys
  • Lesson 2 – Major triads on white keys
  • Lesson 3 – Transposition
  • Lesson 4 – Harmonization and chord inversion
  • Lesson 5 – Repertoire – A Funny Joke and Funny Incident

Module 4:

Major Five Finger Patterns on Black Keys

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Major five-finger patterns on black keys
  • Lesson 2 – Review of all Major five-finger patterns
  • Lesson 3 – New rhythm: 16th notes
  • Lesson 4 – Techniques: thumb crossing
  • Lesson 5 – Repertoire - A Kind Man and A Little Harpist

Module 5:

Minor Five Finger Patterns

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Minor five-finger patterns on white keys
  • Lesson 2 – Repertoire and Harmonization
  • Lesson 3 – Minor five-finger patterns and chords on black keys
  • Lesson 4 – Harmonization, Transposition and Repertoire
  • Lesson 5 – Repertoire – Chord quality and repertoire

Module 6:

Major Scales, Arpeggios, and Chords

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Tetra chords and major scales
  • Lesson 2 – Major scales and arpeggios
  • Lesson 3 – Triads of the white key and chord progressions
  • Lesson 4 – Black key major scales and arpeggios
  • Lesson 5 – Triads of the black key

Module 7:

Chord Progressions

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – IV chord and chord progressions
  • Lesson 2 – Accompaniment styles
  • Lesson 3 – Ecossaise by Franz Schubert
  • Lesson 4 – Primary chords in minor keys
  • Lesson 5 – Damper pedal

Module 8:

Minor Scales, Arpeggios, and Chords

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Minor scales and arppegios
  • Lesson 2 – Gypsy Dance by Joseph Haydn
  • Lesson 3 – Minor key triads
  • Lesson 4 – Prelude No. 1 by Catherine Rollin
  • Lesson 5 – Menuet in D Minior by Jean-Baptiste Lully

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