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Piano Keys, Scales, Arpeggios, and Exercises: An Introduction

In this FLEX class, keyboard students will get technique support and music theory help while learning about C and G major, and D minor keys
Heather Kirkconnell
219 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
year old learners
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 6 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

*A healthy, facile, and relaxed piano/keyboard technique is the ultimate goal and reason for any technical studies at the instrument*:  we will learn about different technical challenges and improve our overall approach to the keyboard through slow, careful, and supported practice.
-understanding of three different, common keys and the major and minor tonalities
-experience working on slow, careful technical work at the keyboard so that a student may not only reproduce what is being taught, but understand the 'whys' for that instruction: basic mechanical understanding of the human body as it plays the keyboard, fingering patterns that may be applied to repertoire, and a basic theoretical understanding of music.
-fun and creative musical expression
-25 years piano playing and study
-Feldenkrais studies (body mechanics)
-background work in music theory, composition, and young student learning
Students will have no more than 5-10 minutes of practice, 4-5 days a week for this class. Part of this homework will be following along in the practice videos, and part of it will be practicing the scales, chords, and arpeggios on their own.
You need a keyboard or piano with at least 48 keys (60 or more is preferable). A bench or chair at the correct height for you (or the ability to raise/lower the height of the chair so that when you are practicing you are seated at the correct height) A device you can make practice videos on for participation and feedback in class (a cell phone camera showing your body, arms, hands and keyboard is a great way to get technical tips, tricks, and corrections from me as we work our way through these keys).
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
In order for me to assess progress, students must make and upload videos of them demonstrating the chords, scales, and arpeggios we're learning. I will reply to learners' videos with comments, congratulations, and corrections as appropriate so that students will know what to work on next. If a learner is stuck, I especially want to see what they have so far, so that we can work through any technical or musical questions that come up.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Videos will be viewed from Edpuzzle with a small respond-back component to viewing the class videos. They will also be posted (unlisted) on Youtube, however then the student will need to make extra effort to respond in the classroom.


Heather Kirkconnell
Lives in the United States
Piano and Music Pedagogue
219 total reviews
275 completed classes

About Me

Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, Oberlin Conservatory, USA
Diplôme de Perfectionnement, Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Versailles, France

15+ years working, performing, and teaching piano, general music, choir, and organ all over the... 
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