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Ear Training and Improvisation: Level 2
In this class, students with intermediate piano skills will learn the basics of piano improvisation as well as have an opportunity to study music theory and address questions and interests related to improvisation and ear training.
Aurore Sibley, M.S. Ed
32 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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Once per week
over 8 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
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In this eight-week small group class, students will have an introduction to how to improvise simple melodies and chords on the piano. We will talk about various keys and modes, major and minor chords, the pentatonic scale, and there will be an introduction to the blues scale. We will practice some ear training exercises and everyone will have an opportunity to play around with and come up with melodies of their own. The circle of fifths will also be introduced, which takes us through a...
Students will learn basic music theory concepts such as major and minor scales and their relationships, major and minor chords, and the pentatonic and blues scales may be introduced with improvisational activities. An overview of the eight weeks is as follows: Week 1: C scale and triads, stacking chords. Play around with the C scale and discuss the pentatonic scale and improvisation. Week 2: Major and minor scales and arpeggios. Listening exercises. Invitation to play for each other. Week 3: The circle of fifths, listening exercises, rhythm activities. Learning a song by ear. Week 4: Warm up activities and review, improvisation in a given key. Week 5: Warm up and review, invitation to play for each other. Introduction to additional keys within the Circle of Fifths Week 6: The blues scale, blues improvisation, rhythm exercises. Week 7: Listening exercises: Play what I play, variations on a theme. Continuation of introduction to the blues. Week 8: Warm up actives and review, invitation to play for each other.
Aurore has been teaching piano off an on for over twenty years. She has an undergraduate degree in humanities and music as well as a Master in Education and has been a performing musician with various folk and jazz groups over the years.
In between meetings students are encouraged to play around with the concepts introduced in the previous class and will sometimes be asked to return with a melody of their own making to share if they are comfortable doing so.
A piano or full-sized keyboard, ideally with weighted keys. A pencil and paper for note taking. An open mind and ear.
Learner progress is assessed through participation.
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Aurore Sibley, M.S. Ed
Waldorf Educational Specialist
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
32 total reviews
53 completed classes
Engaging students by making education meaningful and fun is how I approach teaching. I have been trained as a Waldorf and remedial grades teacher and have a Master of Science in Education, as well as a background in music and the healing arts. I...