PIANO PROGRAMS:

We currently offer several programs, as outlined in details below. The method books were carefully selected and chosen to be used for each of these programs.

Young beginners typically begin in the Regular Program, which is later combined parallel with the Classics to Moderns Program after they learn the basics. Upon completion of the Regular Program, the student continues on with the Technical Virtuoso and Advance Sonata Programs. They will learn some of the most important collections of works in the history of music, leading towards the mastery of the instrument.

Regular Program

The regular program for young beginners is based on discovery, creativity, and adventure through music-making. There are five books in each level: Lesson, Theory, Technique & Artistry, Performance, and Sight-reading books. Classical music, traditional folk songs, jazz, rock, popular music, and other original pieces are part of the pupil's repertoire.

   

Primer Level introduces the keyboard, note values, and the grand staff. Students play in Middle C position, develop recognition of steps and skips, and learn letter names independent of finger numbers. Musicianship is built through the use of dynamics and coloristic experimentation with the pedal. As new units are introduced, earlier concepts and skills are constantly reviewed.
   

Level 1 introduces all the notes of the grand staff, elementary chord playing, and the concept of tonic and dominant notes. Musicianship is built with the introduction of legato and staccato touches. Students play in varied positions, reinforcing reading skills, and recognizing intervals through the 5th. It continues the interval orientation to reading across the full range of the grand staff.
   

Level 2A introduces eighth note rhythm patterns. Students work with 5-finger transposition, functional harmony, and musical phrases. Exploration of C, G, D and A major and minor 5-finger positions builds on intervallic reading skills that were introduced in the earlier level. Transposition and functional harmony skills are presented in highly musical settings.
   

Level 2B presents cross-hand arpeggios and transposition of full major scales in the keys of C, G, and F. Use of connected pedal and a variety of repertoire keep the students musically engaged as they explore primary chords (I, IV, V7). This level offers a systematic approach in exploring major and minor scale and chord patterns in all twelve keys.
   

Level 3A introduces 3/8 and 6/8 time signatures and the triplet. Students learn the chromatic scale, the 7th, one-octave arpeggios, and explore the key of D major. Exciting pieces reinforces key concepts and encourages students to explore musical expression through varied dynamics and tempos.
   

Level 3B offers appealing repertoire for a smooth transition to the intermediate level. Concepts include the octave, the one-octave minor scale, minor and D minor scales (natural and harmonic minor) motive and sequence, all 12 major and minor triads, triad inversions, syncopation, and  sixteenth notes. This level continues to build musicianship with challenging and motivating pieces.
   

Level 4 stresses chord inversions, sixteenth notes, and minor keys. Attention to graceful touch and dynamics continue to focus the student pianist on musical expression. The emphasis on root position V7 chords, arpeggios, and power scales links applied theory to the pieces being studied. Expressive repertoire selections build a strong foundation in harmony and technique.
   

Level 5 continues to build musicianship with the circle of 5ths, cadences, flat key signatures, and the three forms of the minor scale. The use of octaves, arpeggios, and dynamic playing across the range of the keyboard develops pianistic skill for the student. Selections include well-known classics from great composers and original compositions.
   
   
Advance Program - Technical Virtuoso

The Technical Virtuoso Program may be started by pupils after completing the Regular Program, and will coincide with the Classics to Moderns Program.

   

HANON Virtuoso book contains progressive exercises which guide a pianist' technique and build finger independence. The preparatory exercises help acquire speed, precision, agility, and strength in the fingers of both hands, as well as flexibility of the wrists. Further exercises help develop a virtuoso technique, and virtuoso exercises help master the greatest technical difficulties.
   

Czerny: The School of Velocity exercises emphasize the development of rapid passage work for both hands. This volume offers practical training in well-articulated pianistic passage work, particularly in playing the virtuoso music of the romantic period. In addition, each study is a complete music composition, demanding attention to dynamics and phrasing.
   

Czerny: The Art of Finger Dexterity contains 50 excellent and systematic exercises devised for developing finger dexterity. Each exercise is preceded by a statement of specific goals. Exercises range from achieving even finger action with a quiet hand to virtuoso studies that emphasize affectations such as the bravura touch.
   
Advance Program - Classics to Moderns:

The Classics to Moderns Program may be started by pupils after completing the Regular Program, and will coincide with the Technical Virtuoso Program. Each of the graded volume contains a selection of original piano music exactly as written by master composers of four centuries, and presents a panorama of original music from early Baroque to the present day.

   

Introduction to Classics to Moderns book contains 40 easy miniature pieces that prepares students for the Classics to Moderns program. It includes works by Praetorius, Türk, Hofe, Hainhofer, Handel, Reinagle, Martin, Diabelli, Hook, Attwood, Köhler, Ryba, Haydn, Wohlfahrt, Spindler, Köhl, Schumann, Gurlitt, Chován, Bartalus, Horváth, Goedicke, Gnessina, Kabalevsky, Bartók, Agay, and Kalmanoff.
   

Classics to Moderns Volume 1 contains original works by Purcell, Scarlatti, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart, Diabelli, Schubert, Franck, Brahms, Gurlitt, Horak, Tchaikovsky, Vogel, Arensky, Stravinsky, Swinstead, Rowley, Kendell, Davies, Swayne, Matthews, Chapple, Praetorius, Hofe, Clarke, Mouret, Handel,W. F. Bach, Graupner, Hook, Türk, Scholze, Hummel, Attwood, Beethoven, Couppey, Schumann, Goedicke, Satie, Salutrinskaya, Kabalevsky, and Agay.
   

Classics to Moderns Volume 2 contains original works by Purcell, Couperin, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Hook, Mozart, Türk, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Reinecke, Gounod, Wilm, Nielsen, Stravinsky, Rowley, Kendell, Leighton, Davies, Swayne, Barrett, Telemann, Rameau, Handel, Diabelli, Kuhlau, Türk, Hummel, Moscheles, Tchaikovsky, Maykapar, Volkmann, Rebikoff, Khatchaturian, Gnessina, Kabalevsky, and Salutrinskaya.
   

Classics to Moderns Volume 3 contains original works by Le Roux, J.S. Bach, Seixas, Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Nielsen, Swinstead, Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Bennett, Chapple, Hurd, Clarke, Handel, Purcell, Scarlatti, Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Heller, Grieg, Kirchner, Kabalevsky, and Villa-Lobos.
   

Classics to Moderns Volume 4 contains original works by Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, Abel, Gossec, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Nielsen, Stravinsky, Bennett, Chapple, Walker, Lutoslawski, Einaudi, Handel, Zipoli, Rameau, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Franck, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Kabalevsky, Satie, Rakov, and Villa-Lobos.
   

Classics to Moderns Volume 5 contains original works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, Pergolesi, J.C. Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Poulene, Halffter, Lutoslawski, Glasser, Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, Janacek, Kabalevsky, Debussy, and Scriabine.
   

Classics to Moderns Volume 6 contains original works by Rameau, J.S. Bach, Abel, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Macdowell, Poulenc, Berkeley, Lutoslawski, Bennett, Montsalvatge, Einaudi, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Schumann, Albeniz, Debussy, Kabalevsky, Khatchaturian, and Satie.
   
 

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