So how exactly are you going to learn how to play the piano in our Beginning Piano Course?  I have a plan for you!   You will start with no musical knowledge, and end the course playing with both hands and reading music.  We will be systematically learning how to play with both hands and how to read music.  In our journey together, we will also incorporate some improvisation, technique, note reading, rhythm reading, articulation development (study of staccato, legato, etc.), and study of different hand positions.  View our 6 step learning process below.

Beginning Piano Course Outline

Unit 1:  Playing on the Black Keys

  • Lesson 1:  Posture at the Piano; Quarter, Half, Whole Notes
  • Lesson 2: Playing on the 3 Black Keys
  • Lesson 3: Moving to a Higher Set of Two Black Keys, Bar Lines
  • Lesson 4: Combining 2 and 3 Black Keys; Treble Clef; Bass Clef
  • Lesson 5: Chimes; Dotted Half Notes, 3/4
  • Lesson 6: Time Signatures
  • Lesson 7:  First Dance and Improvisation on the black keys
  • Lesson 8:  Floating; Repeat; One Octave Higher
  • Lesson 9:  Yes I can!
  • Lesson 10:  Amazing Grace on the Black Keys

Unit 2:  Playing on the White Keys

  • Lesson 11:  The Musical Alphabet; CDE
  • Lesson 12: Three Finger Twist
  • Lesson 13: Hot Cross Buns; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Eighth Notes
  • Lesson 14: FGAB; Au Clair de la Lune
  • Lesson 15: GAB Finger Twist
  • Lesson 16: Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Lesson 17: Ode to Joy
  • Lesson 18: Old MacDonald

Unit 3:  Treble Clef Reading

  • Lesson 19:  Notes on the Treble Clef
  • Lesson 20: Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb revisited in the Treble Clef
  • Lesson 21: ABCDE on the Treble Clef
  • Lesson 22: Starting on D
  • Lesson 23: Middle C Position; Humming Tune; Ties
  • Lesson 24:  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Lesson 25:  Vivaldi’s Spring; upbeat

Unit 4: Bass Clef Reading

  • Lesson 26: ABCDE on the Bass Clef
  • Lesson 27: C Position
  • Lesson 28: Down from Middle C
  • Lesson 29: When the Saints Go Marching In; C Position
  • Lesson 30: Jingle Bells; G Position
  • Lesson 31:  Lightly Row; C Position

Unit 5: Grand Staff

  • Lesson 32: I Can Play All Day
  • Lesson 33: Triumph; 8va, Fermata; Open 5ths
  • Lesson 34: Waterfall; 15ma
  • Lesson 35:  Wondering; Harmonic 3rds and 2nds
  • Lesson 36:  Long, Long Ago; Slurs
  • Lesson 37:  Are you Sleeping?, extensions, rests
  • Lesson 38: Camptown Races
  • Lesson 39:  I’ll Fly; Staccato

Unit 6: Grand Staff, Hands Together

  • Lesson 40:  Lightly Row; Tonic (I) and Dominant (V) Harmonization
  • Lesson 41: Au Clair de la Lune
  • Lesson 42: The Swing; Whole and Half Rests
  • Lesson 43: Questioning; Quarter Rests
  • Lesson 44: Alouette; Dynamics
  • Lesson 45: London Bridge
  • Lesson 46: Amazing Grace
  • Lesson 47:  Graduation