Piano Lesson

automotiveTimings : Friday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Duration : 10 Weeks
Fee : QAR 500.00
Uniform : QAR 30.00

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 INTRODUCTION

Piano is regarded as the centrepiece of all music, the be-all and the end-all of musical theory, performance and writing. Classically-trained pianists come few and far between nowadays, with most pianists having little to no knowledge in musical theory. This course seeks to change that statistic and hopefully enlighten those that wish to learn of the theory surrounding music and its norms, training talented and interested individuals to become skilled pianists and knowledgable musicians.


COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Read and understand music and harmony

  2. Name and correctly perform specific musical instructions, as well as give appropriate interpretations to assigned pieces

  3. Perform piano with both of their hands, and play at least 2 pieces.

  4. Have knowledge of and demonstrate complicated techniques on the piano

  5. Understand musical terminology and analyse sheet music

  6. Be able to read music to some extent


PIANIST COMPETENCIES

After commencement of the course, students should be capable of:

  1. Analysing music and pinpointing specific harmonic nuances
  2. Performing in front of an audience unwaveringly
  3. Reading music without hesitation
  4. Practising for long periods of time and stepping through each issue with understanding of issues presented and knowledge related to rectification

TRAINING DELIVERY MODE

Training will be catered to the age majority of the group.

                Face-to-Face: In-person lectures and classwork will be provided for students to partake in, as well as active discussions and demonstrations for the instructor to oversee.

                Self-Directed Learning: Provision of materials and self-criticism required for self-improvements. Aid will be given by instructor when requested.

                Blended/Flexible Model: Online demonstrations and teaching, has some limitations due to restricted sound processing, but will be executed similarly to face-to-face learning.

Within the classroom, students will:

  1. Discuss musical concepts and actively demonstrate said concepts
  2. Perform assigned pieces with aid from peers and instructor
  3. Practise with oversight from instructor
  4. Complete assignments in a communicative and collaborative environment
  5. Collectively begin to understand given topics and prepare for examinations and performances through interpersonal support

EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT

The evaluation should be done as following:

    1. Theory Assessments
      • Students will have their understanding of musical theory assessed through two assessments throughout the course’s 10-week duration. Students below the age of 12 are not required to undertake theory assessments (unless at the request of parents or student) and will only be graded on performance assessments.
    1. Performance Assessments
      • Students will have the understanding of their assigned piece through two assessments throughout the course’s 10-week duration. The first examination grades on rhythmic correctness and correctness of notation – however the second examination also grades correctness of dynamics and articulation.

COURSE PASSING REQUIREMENTS & GRADING SYSTEM

The grading system followed is as follows.

Attendance & behaviour account for 5% of the grade

Recitation/participation in activities is worth 15% of the grade

Assignments are worth 10% of the grade

Midterm evaluations are worth 30% of the grade

Finals are worth 40% of the grade, with a total score of 80 – as opposed to the others which have a maximum score of 100.


DESCRIPTION OF ASSESSMENTS

Each student that is not beneath the age of 12 is required to undergo a duo of theory examinations that are to be 1.5 hours long or longer. These examinations will be assessing overall knowledge of the students and will be given during weeks 5 and 9. The passing grades of both of these examinations will be 50% or higher, and total marks will be at 30 or higher as well.

Every student – however – will undergo a performance exam requiring them to perform a provided or an approved chosen piece of music. These performance examinations will take place twice during the course, weeks 6 and 10 respectively. They will be graded on rhythmic correctness and notational correctness for the primary exam, then dynamic and articulative correctness on the secondary exam.


OVERVIEW OF COURSE DURATION

Week

Topic

Assessment

Total Credit Hours

1

Introduction to piano and basic theory, articulations  and general fundamentals as well as the introduction of ‘twinkle twinkle, little star’.  Icebreakers and introductions as well. Helping with learning.

Studying of lecture, practising at home

3 hours

2

Introduction to sight reading on both clefs, and the handing out of first pieces. Rest of lesson is guided practise session

Studying of lecture, practising at home

3 hours

3

Introduction to further articulations and further sight-reading, rest of lesson is a guided practise session

Studying of lecture, practising at home

3 hours

4

Guided practise session

Practising at home

3 hours

5

First theory examination, rest of lesson is guided practise session

Examination, Practising at home

3 hours

6

First performance examination, rest of lesson is guided practise session

Performance, Practising at home

3 hours

7

Beginning to learn scale degrees and basic chords, rest of lesson is guided practise session

Studying of lecture, practising at home

3 hours

8

Further chords, harmonic progressions, rest of lesson is guided practise session

Studying of lecture, practising at home

3 hours

9

Second theory examination, followed by guided practise session

Examination, Practising at home

3 hours

10

Second performance examination, followed by guided practise session

Performance examination

3 hours

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