Piano Basics

Piano Basics


Some comments from one of the organizers of the Conference, Fr. Cipolla, and a summary of the Liturgies.
This was a really great session - not part of Sacra Liturgia, but during our lunch break Tuesday and Wednesday. I asked a question about how to get college chaplains to understand that these young men and women have left home for higher education AND broadening horizons, and that they are being underestimated by chaplains who insist that they can only provide the same sort of Liturgies that they have grown up with, and NOT anything higher, deeper, etc. It's a difficult answer since many college chaplains are actually under the guidance (thumb?) of the local Bishop. Maybe if some of their students are actually going "off campus" to find more traditional Masses to attend, they might understand.
Theses lessons helped my daughter (a violinist) greatly while she was taking AP music theory and in preparation for pursuing music in college. well worth it.

For young instrumental or vocal music students, piano skills add a depth of understanding to the mus Piano skills are very useful to all musicians.

For those who are involved with instrumental or vocal ensembles, these skills add a depth of understanding to the music being performed in those ensembles. The relationship between melody (horizontal) and harmony (vertical) will become obvious both visually and aurally. This understanding will make your ensemble experience more complete and much more fun! If you are one of the few who decide to co

Operating as usual


Chico plays the piano with an apple.


How to be a Classical Musician


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I do have method books and time if you are a Charleston area music student who plans to study music in college. Just send me a message here.


Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela some day!


8 Stages of Practice Room Grief

Do you want to go through this at university, when you would prefer to be practicing your instrument that is NOT the piano? Then maybe you should consider a couple of years of Piano Basics while you're still in high school and living at home!

Mobile uploads 02/02/2016

Mobile uploads

Piano: the total brain workout (image: Encore Music Lessons)

Timeline photos 12/15/2015

Haha! I can teach this to you as well. I doubt that it will take much practice, and the fi*****ngs are not difficult. But I'm quite sure it will NOT be part of your piano proficiency test in college!

Made us chuckle this morning.


More details:

For the Piano Basics part, I'm using James Bastien's "The Older Beginner Piano Course" because it does start from the beginning, with proper finger techniques and hand positions, and includes melodic and harmonic theory as it progresses. I also like that it encourages transposition at sight as it introduces new key signatures. I also have online resources of scales, arpeggios, and repertoire to augment the method.

As to the AP Music Theory, I have a copy of the Barron's publication. I believe it's what is being taught locally. It is pretty basic, although a bit more advanced than what is presented in the Bastien books. I think that most HS instrumentalist and vocalists spend most of their time on ensemble music - the bands especially concentrating first on football half-time programs, then getting into the regional and statewide competitions. I think most band directors prefer for their students not to be learning solo repertoire at the same time.

Teachers presenting Music Theory I think do just that - present it. I'm not saying that they don't go into detail or answer specific questions in class. But different students learn differently. It's sometime difficult to explain a concept in the exact way that will be understood. My approach is to discuss, at whatever length and depth is necessary, to ensure the concept is grasped.

This is where I believe "Piano Basics Plus" has an advantage: That the piano keys are a second visualization of the two-dimensional printed music. Working on the piano while studying theory works to reinforce both.


"Piano Basics - Plus"
Are you planning on taking Music Theory AP in high school? Would you like to increase your score? Do you have students working on Music Theory AP? I can tutor for the course with or without lessons in Basic Piano. Just send me a message on my regular FB page.

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Untitled album

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