Level 1: Reading Fundamentals
Students learn the fundamentals of piano technique, including finger numbers, hand positions, and how to navigate the keyboard. They learn basic reading skills, such as how to read pitches on the staff, rhythms, and expressive notation (dynamics, articulation, etc.). Lessons are 30 minutes long.
Level 2: Elementary Musicianship
Students continue to develop reading and listening skills. They gradually move out of five-finger positions, play with ranges larger than a fifth, and play more music that uses both hands simultaneously. Lessons are 30 minutes long.
Level 3: Intermediate I
Students refine reading skills and develop faster technique. Repertoire includes easy music by master composers such as Bach, Clementi, Schumann, and Bartok. In music theory, students learn major and minor keys, scales, chords, cadences, and form. Lessons are 45 minutes long.
Level 4: Intermediate II
Students continue to refine reading skills and technique technique. Repertoire includes a small dance or prelude from the Baroque era, a sonatina from the Classical era, and work from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Music theory focuses on diatonic tonality. Lessons are 45 minutes long.
Level 5: Intermediate III/Early Advanced
Students become proficient in music reading and build virtuosic technique. Repertoire includes a prelude or invention by J.S. Bach, a movement from a sonata by Haydn or Mozart, a Romantic work by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, or Grieg, and a work written after 1900. Music theory focuses on chromatic tonality. Lessons are 60 minutes long.
Level 6: Advanced Musicianship
Students continue to build reading skills and virtuosic technique. Capstone repertoire includes a prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach, a complete sonata by Mozart or Beethoven, and a substantial work from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century. Music theory focuses on post-tonality. Lessons are 60 minutes long.