Harmony Road Succession of Classes

Succession of Harmony Road Classes

Intro to Keyboard: 3’s and young 4’s

children 3.jpg A developmentally appropriate curriculum which introduces basic music, vocal, and piano skills in an energetic, fun-filled format.


Harmony Road 1 & 2:  Rising pre-K, K, and 1st grade

Child on Piano.png Beginning “piano-plus” lessons.  Classes meet once weekly throughout the school year for 45 minutes.  Each student has an adult learning partner with him/her in class.  Students complete 4 books in this program, then move to the Keyboard Musician curriculum.

Young Musician 1 & 2:  Rising 2nd and 3rd graders

     young musician     Beginning “Piano-Plus” lessons.  Classes meet once weekly throughout the school year for 45 minutes.  Each student has an adult learning partner in class.  Students complete 4 books in this program, then move to the Keyboard Musician Curriculum.

Keyboard Musician

The Keyboard Musician course is for students who have completed Harmony Road Book 4 or Young Musician Book 4. Students continue to develop performance skills through the study of varied repertoire styles, technical studies, sight-reading songs and three and four part ensembles. Ear trainings expanded to include dictation, recognition of tonal centers and chord progressions. Transposing becomes an easily accessible activity. Students learn to accompany themselves while singing solfege. Two part singing and artistic repertoire encourage expressive musicianship. Harmonic training develops an understanding of accompaniment styles. Students are given step by step techniques to develop their own creativity through music composition. In this program students become acquainted with major composers and their place in music history. Parent involvement encouraged.

Graduate Level

This is the 6th and final year.  Students will finish the last of Keyboard Musician 4 and then progress into a portfolio collection of technique, theory, and intermediate level repertoire, including many of the Classics.  At this level, the student is introduced to the American system of note reading (alphabetical) as an addition to their command of the international language of music, solfege.  Because of the broad musical experiences the students have had, they are primed to go into any type of musical venue, instrumental or vocal.

Many students continue honing their keyboard skills by transitioning to a traditional piano lesson where technique can be finely tuned; many will move into band or orchestra, where they do exceptionally well because of their highly-developed auditory discrimination; quite a few go into chorus, and do very well in that venue.  And some even move to other instruments (guitar, violin, drums) and excel at those because of the solid musical foundation developed by learning how to play the piano first.

Take a look at some of our former Funder-students:
www.2pianoplayers.com

www.johnchristophermusic.com

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