Piano Partners

Piano Powers

Age: Ages 4-9

Cost: Fall or Spring Semester: Penguins or Turtles Class - $287 ($257 tuition + $10 materials fee + $20 registration fee). Bunnies Class - $355 ($325 tuition + $10 materials fee + $20 registration fee). Giraffes Class - $385 ($325 tuition + $20 materials fee + $20 registration fee).

Your little one loved Music Pups® and Eurhythmics, and now you’re really starting to see his love for music and learning. If you’re ready for the next step (or even if your family is just jumping into music), the Piano Powers program is the perfect way to introduce your little Beethoven to the fundamental skills and concepts of music and playing a real instrument.

Designed as a multi-level program, Piano Powers gives your student the tools, skills, and passion for learning that will help her transition smoothly to private lessons in piano or any age-appropriate instrument.

Our trained instructor will have her singing, tapping out rhythms, analyzing patterns, playing in an ensemble, and learning to create happy and sad sounds, which all aid in the development of cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Classes also teach ear training and keyboard performance, with a group recital at the completion of the program.

With an expert and supportive instructor and motivation from her peers, Piano Powers is a powerful way for your child to develop the skills and passion for a lifetime of music.

Which class should my child take?

If your child is…

  • 4 years old:
    • Take Piano Powers Penguins Level 1 and 2, each a semester-long class
    • After completing both levels, take Piano Powers Bunnies
    • After your child completes the Bunnies class, please contact our office to arrange private piano lessons.
  • 5 to 6 years old:
    • Take Piano Powers Turtles, a semester-long class
    • After completing this class, take Piano Powers Bunnies
    • After your child completes the Bunnies class, please contact our office to arrange private piano lessons.
  • 7 to 9 years old:
    • Take Piano Powers Giraffes, a semester-long class
    • After completing this class, move on to private lessons

Penguins (AGe 4, 2 levels)

An introductory-level class for the littlest learners! There are two semester-long levels to this section. Your child must complete both before moving on to Bunnies. Parental participation is required. We play fun rhythm, note-reading, and ear-training games, and cover much of the first lesson book in the Music for Little Mozart series, including:

  • high and low sounds
  • loud and soft sounds
  • keyboard geography
  • identifying and naming the white keys and black key groups
  • finger numbers
  • notes, rests, and their values

TURTLES (AGES 5-6, 1 level)

This one-semester class introduces young piano learners to basic concepts of music, including rhythms, dynamics, direction of notes, white key names, and so forth. In a small group setting, they will listen to each other’s playing, sing-along songs and do rhythm games, and play the keyboard. At this level, parental participation is required. Your child must complete this class before moving on to Bunnies.

Required material:
“My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner Lesson, Book A” by Nancy and Randall Faber with CD

Students will learn:

  • White Keys and Black Keys
  • Explore Finger Numbers
  • Dynamic Mark: f and p
  • Quarter Note, Half Note, Whole Note
  • Bass Clef and Treble Clef
  • Musical Alphabet on White Keys
  • Direction of the Notes
  • Repeat Sign
  • Measure
  • C Five Finger Scale

Giraffes (Students Ages 7-9, 1 level)

This class is for students ages 7-9 with no piano experience who wish to explore piano in a group setting. Once they complete this class they should move on to private lessons.

Books will be given out at the first class. The texts being used are:

  • Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner: Lesson Book 1
  • Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner: Theory Book 1
  • Accelerated Piano Adventures For The Older Beginner, Technique and Artistry Book 1

Topics Covered in the Giraffe class are:

  • Posture and Hand Position
  • Rhythmic Notation
  • Reading the Grand Staff (Bass & Treble clef)
  • Intervals of 2nd and 3rd
  • Time signatures
  • Melodic Direction
  • Phrase, Legato, Slur, Accent, Tie
  • Upbeats/Pick-up Notes

BUNNIES (Continuing Students, 1 level)

This is a next-level class engaging students with note reading on the staff, time signature, hand position change, intervals, and so forth. They must complete both levels of Penguins or Turtles before taking this class. Once they complete this class they should move on to private lessons. Students will perform more songs on the keyboard. Parental participation is optional.

Required material:
“My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner, Lesson Book B” by Nancy and Randall Faber with CD

Students will learn:

  • Line and Space Notes
  • Step and Skip on the Staff
  • Music Alphabet on the Grand Staff
  • Dotted Half Note
  • Dynamic Mark: mf
  • Time Signatures: 4/4 and 3/4
  • Tie
  • Quarter Rest
  • Intervals: 3rd and 5th

What do we need to have or buy for this program?

You’ll need a keyboard with at least 61 keys or a piano at home to participate in the class and practice between classes. We highly recommend designating a comfortable spot in your home with minimal distractions for the best learning experience.

How long do we stay in the program? What happens after we finish?

Piano Powers is intended to be a multi-level program. Learning basic piano skills is a great way to prepare your child for success in any future musical pursuit. Students progress through the levels, then may choose to begin private lessons in either piano or another instrument.

 

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Penguins (Age 4) - Level 1

Schedule: Saturdays 10:30 - 11:00 AM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Penguins (Age 4) - Level 2

Schedule: Saturdays 11:00 - 11:30 AM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Penguins (Age 4) - Level 2

Schedule: Saturdays 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Penguins (Age 4) - Level 1

Schedule: Saturdays 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Turtles (Ages 5-6)

Schedule: Wednesdays 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 1 - May 31

Giraffes (Ages 7-9)

Schedule: Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:15

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 1 - May 31

Turtles (Ages 5-6)

Schedule: Thursdays 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 2 - Jun 1

Turtles (Ages 5-6)

Schedule: Saturdays 9:55 - 10:25 AM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Turtles (Ages 5-6)

Schedule: Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Turtles (Ages 5-6)

Schedule: Sundays 1:15 - 1:45 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 5 - Jun 4

Bunnies

Schedule: Saturdays 12:30 - 1:15 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Bunnies

Schedule: Saturdays 1:15 - 2:00 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Bunnies

Schedule: Saturdays 2:05 - 2:50 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 4 - Jun 10

Bunnies

Schedule: Sundays 12:30 - 1:15 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 5 - Jun 4

Bunnies

Schedule: Sundays 2:00 - 2:45 PM

Location: 160 Lexington - Room 105

Instructors:

Dates: Feb 5 - Jun 4