Piano - Community Music School

Piano

The UNCSA Community Music School is committed to providing students at all ages and ability levels with access to the best quality instruction, instruments and performance experiences. Teachers include UNCSA faculty, plus many dedicated educators with a wide range of performance and teaching perspectives including jazz and popular styles. Beginning students are encouraged to start with applicable group options.

Advanced students may audition for the studios of UNCSA School of Music faculty members. Piano lessons are taught on quality Yamaha or Steinway grand pianos, and students perform recitals on the world-class Steinway pianos housed School of Music performance venues. Adjustable benches and pedal extenders are available to young students to insure correct posture and technique.

Find information for your age:

Elementary (6-10yr)

Beginning piano students should enroll in group piano for young beginners (see below).

30 -minute private lessons are available for 1st grade students and up in piano, with teacher approval for younger students. 

Additionally, all elementary students should be enrolled in the Children's Chorus to develop musicality and ear training. 

Advanced track with teacher approval – up private lessons to 45 minutes or 2x/week, add supplemental 30 minute private piano lessons after or in place of group piano.

Middle (11-13yr)

45-minute private lessons are available in piano.

Students in the 6th grade will complete their final year of choral ensemble. Students in the 7th grade and above should be enrolled in Music Theory and Ear Training.

Advanced Track with teacher approval: 2x week 45 min. lessons or 1x/week 60 minute lessons, 45 minute supplementary private lessons (piano), ensemble

High (14-18yr)

60-minute private lessons are available in piano and organ.

45-minute piano lessons are encouraged for students to supplement music education. 

Students should also be enrolled in Music Theory and Ear Training. 

Advanced Track: 2x/week 60 minute lessons, 45 minute supplementary piano, theory, or composition lessons, ensemble

Pianists can apply for auditioned lessons in UNCSA Professor Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg’s advanced piano studio.

Adult (18+)

Beginner adults should be enrolled in Group Piano for Adult Beginners (see below).

45 or 60-minute private lessons are available in piano and organ.

All adult students should be enrolled in Music Theory and Ear Training. 

Pianists can apply for auditioned lessons in UNCSA Professor Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg’s advanced piano studio.


Group Class information: 

Summer Session: Group Piano for Young Beginners

Summer Session 1: Tuesdays at 4:30, May 1 to May 22, 2018
Summer Session 2: Tuesdays at 4:30, July 17 to August 7, 2018

Ages 5 and up 
4 total classes
Cost: 
$100 for 4 weekly 60 minute classes
Instructor: Alek Wasserman

Piano study is the foundation of musical literacy and understanding for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Our 4 week sessions of weekly group classes are a great introduction to the instrument in a fun and supportive environment. 

These courses meet one hour per week and each section is limited to 8 students. Required materials: keyboard or piano at home, textbook as assigned by faculty, staff paper, pencil, eraser.

Classes meet in the Keyboard Lab at UNCSA. Parking is available behind the Gray Building in spots marked "guest/visitor" or beside the Welcome Center. (See the Campus Map.)

Topics are listed below and do not reflect weekly progress. Actual progress depends on class composition. A topic must be accomplished before moving on the next one.

  1. Hand position, proper posture. Basic one-finger exercises for engaged fingertip and moving wrist. Fundamentals of note reading. Textbook – must line up with CMS theory.
  2. Transition from one-note to two-note motion on different finger pairs. Note reading uses middle C as a connector between two clefs. Every element played is also sung (foundations of ear/hand, ear/eye coordination.
  3. Transition to three, four and five-note patterns. Clapping short-long (two-to-one) rhythms, singing unstable/stable pairings (C, D-C, F-E, A-G, b-c; also in harm. Minor). Singing pentascales up and down, playing the same, transposing to include black keys to F, D, A, E.
  4. Engaging both hands: alternating pentascales, alternating notes with connective wrist motion leading from hand to hand AND staccato. Playing RH pentascales on a held bass, transposing the same. Singing major and minor pairings and pentascales.
  5. Continuing the same, transposing to more keys, increasing the familiarity with black keys.
  6. Scales: one hand, single octave, correct fingering. Introducing the B Major scale first as Th – 2-3 – Th – 2-3-4 (clusters on black keys as aid to learning). Singing the scale up and down. Introducing half-steps and whole-steps in scale context.
  7. Introducing three-to-two-to-one rhythmic constructs. At this point methods like the Mikrokosmos can be used, separate hands first.
  8. Sharp major scales, in this order: E, A, D, G. separate hands. Eventually, two octaves.

Group Piano for Adult Beginners

Tuesdays, January 30 to May 15, 2018
5:30
6:30 p.m.
16 total classes
Cost: $400 ($200 for students enrolled in full semester private lesson plans)
Instructor: Alek Wasserman

It is recommended that students in group piano have prior study at the Community Music School to include our Music Theory I class.

This course meets one hour per week and is limited to 8 students. Required materials: keyboard or piano at home, textbook as assigned by faculty, staff paper, pencil, eraser.

Classes meet in the Keyboard Lab at UNCSA. Parking is available behind the Gray Building in spots marked "guest/visitor" or beside the Welcome Center. (See the Campus Map.)

Topics:

  1. Hand position, proper posture. Basic one-finger exercises for engaged fingertip and moving wrist. Transition from one-note to two-note motion on different finger pairs.
  2. Transition to three, four and five-note patterns. Singing unstable/stable pairings (C, D-C, F-E, A-G, b-c; also in harm. Minor). Singing pentascales up and down, playing the same, transposing to include black keys to F, D, A, E.
  3. Engaging both hands: alternating pentascales, alternating notes with connective wrist motion leading from hand to hand AND staccato. Playing RH pentascales on a held bass, transposing the same. Singing major and minor pairings and pentascales.
  4. Continuing the same, transposing to more keys. Scales: one hand, single octave, correct fingering. Introducing the B Major scale first as Th – 2-3 – Th – 2-3-4 (clusters on black keys as aid to learning). Singing the scale up and down.
  5. Sharp major scales, in this order: E, A, D, G. separate hands. Eventually, two octaves, hands together. Pieces at the level of Mikrok. Book 1, 1-10.
  6. Chords: triads and inversions, major and minor, all keys
  7. Melodies with held LH tones, fifths, triads. Scale degree, harmonizing melodies with I and V, transposing.
  8. Pieces at the level of Mikrok. Book 1, 11-20.


Next Steps

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