Piano 1

Course Number: MUS-114DL Credit Hours: 2

Course Description

This course series consists of instruction in basic piano skills with particular emphasis on paralleling and supporting the Ear Training/ Theory curriculum. In level one of this course, topics include pitch and registers of the grand staff as it relates to the piano keyboard, intervals and major scales with proper fingering patterns, learning to read music, and improving overall musicianship to use the piano as a tool for a myriad of musical applications.

Kait Dunton

KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Kait has produced and released three albums of original compositions, with a fourth featuring her equally out-of-the-box arranging style. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles.

Classically trained, Kait now works primarily in jazz and contemporary genres, maintaining a balanced career of performance, composition and education. Her enthusiasm and love for music radiates as much on the stage as in the classroom. A Pasadena native and an alum of Polytechnic School, Kait holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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Week 1:

  • Introduce the grand staff
  • The piano keyboard
  • Registers
  • Fingering patterns for the C and G major scales
  • Intervals, ear training and sight reading in C and G major

 

Week 2:

  • D, A, and E major scales
  • Introduce the Circle of Fifths
  • Intervals, ear training and sight reading in the new keys

Week 3:

  • B, Bb and F major scales
  • Intervals, ear training and sight reading in the new keys

 

Week 4:

  • Eb and Ab major scales
  • Intervals, ear training and sight reading in the new keys

 

Week 5:

  • Db and Gb major scales
  • Discuss enharmonically equivalent keys
  • Intervals, ear training and sight reading in the new keys
  • Playing C major hands together

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a piano or keyboard to play through musical examples.

You will need:

  • Access to an 88-key keyboard or piano (must be in the same location as an Ethernet-based internet connection and your computer for testing purposes)
  • Webcam
  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device
  • Metronome (or metronome app)

Software Requirements: