Beginning Piano Course

This beginning method combines the best of both worlds – a printable PDF method that can be used during lessons, + videos to watch at home to reinforce what was taught.  In this innovative course created by Dr. Kathy Rabago, there are 6 units containing 47 piano lessons covering everything from:

  • Playing by finger numbers on the black keys
  • Playing on the white keys using the musical alphabet as a guide
  • Reading music on the Treble Clef Staff with your right hand
  • Reading music on the Bass Clef Staff with your left hand
  • Reading music on the Grand Staff with alternating hands
  • Playing music on the Grand Staff hands together

Start with zero knowledge about music, and end reading music and playing hands together.  All lessons are around 10 minutes in length, letting students work through them in a short time frame.  Each unit will focus on a different skill, giving students several pieces to practice within that skill.  Musical concepts are added on sequentially with each lesson.

  • Teachers

    Teachers, purchasing the course gives you the ability to print the PDF method book (sheet music) to use with any of your beginning students + give your students access to the videos.

  • Individual Students

    Individual students may also purchase the course for access to all of the sheet music + instructional videos.

  • 47

    47 printable pieces + 47 instructional videos are included in the course.

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