Levels of Piano Instruction
Beginning/1st year Instruction for ages 6 to 9
One first year piano class (for up to 12 students) will be taught in Fall 2016. (No new piano class will be offered Spring Semester.) Each student will receive one 50-minute group lesson and one half hour private lesson each week for 15 weeks each of the two semesters. An interview and audition to determine music aptitude, musical and personality readiness is necessary for admitting a child into the 1st year class.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th year Instruction for
Continuing and Transfer Students
In order to facilitate each student’s progress in piano technique and repertoire to an even greater degree, instruction of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th year piano students consists of one 50-minute group lesson and one half hour private lesson each week. During the group lesson new musical concepts, rhythm drills, music theory, sight reading, aural training, singing, composition, games and performances will be emphasized. The private lesson, on the other hand, will allow the opportunity for individual development and expansion of piano techniques and various repertoire pieces at the child’s own pace.
LESSONS FOR TEENAGE PIANISTS
A combination of group and partner lessons will be available for teenage intermediate level pianists. There will be openings for two different teenage classes. The group classes will meet once a month during the semester (see Class Schedule for the week of the month that a particular group will meet). The weekly 75-minute partner lesson will allow each student to expand his/her learning of intermediate to early advanced repertoire as well as to be motivated to learn piano technique, sight reading, music theory, ear training, composition, and piano duet repertoire with his/her peer of a similar musical ability level. If the WSU Piano Prep. faculty is unable to match a student with a lesson partner, a 45-minute private lesson option is provided for a slightly higher fee (see “Teenage Students” under “Payment Choices and Deadlines” for more information).
LESSONS FOR ADULTS
Lessons for adults at any level will be available Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Please check “Adult” for “Piano Class Request” on the registration form.
GROUP CLASS AND LESSON SCHEDULE
• 1st Year Group: Thursdays 4:10-4:50 p.m.
• 2nd Year Group: Tuesdays 5:00-5:50 p.m.
• 3rd Year Group: Thursdays 5:00-5:50 p.m.
• 4th Year Group: Tuesdays 6:00-6:50 p.m.
• 5th Year Group: Thursdays 6:00-6:50 p.m.
• 6th Year Group: Wednesdays 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Teenage Continuing and Transfer Students
Teen classes are held on Mondays once per month:
2016: 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/5
2017: 1/30, 2/13, 3/13, 4/24
• Chopin Group: 5:00-5:50 p.m.
WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
Weekly private (for levels one to six) or partner lessons (for teenage students) will be arranged by the private teacher, the student and the parents.