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Music Academy: Piano Club!

Play Primary Piano Class: Meet the Keyboard for Young Children

Sandra Girouard
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(391)
In this weekly class, we explore music through the keys on a piano or electronic keyboard, learning songs and preparing for future piano lessons.

Class experience

US Grade Pre-Kindergarten - 1
Beginner Level
Students will learn to identify groups of two and groups of three black keys.
Students will learn the directions of sound on the keyboard (ascending sounds move to the right, descending sounds move to the left)
Students will learn to work with quarter notes ( ♩ ), eighth note pairs ( ♫ ), and quarter rests ( 𝄽 ).
Students will learn to play short a melodic song on the piano or electronic keyboard. 
Sandra Girouard has a Bachelor of Music (with a piano minor) and Master of Arts in Education (centering on music education, instructional technology, and early childhood, with piano as her principal instrument of study). She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk method of teaching music and has been trained in the Kodály method of teaching music. With over thirty years of teaching experience with students of all ages, she delights in fostering the musical growth of young children.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Students will demonstrate their learning through engagement in class, the performance of skills practiced in class, and the innate desire to engage voluntarily in musical activities as part of their play.
Grades Offered
Each learner should have access to a keyboard during class. Acoustic pianos, electric pianos, and electronic keyboards are all suitable for this class. 
Each learner should have access to a keyboard during class. Acoustic pianos, electric pianos, and electronic keyboards are all suitable for this class. 

Parents, please help your learners with three aspects of this class:
 - First, if at all possible, please angle the camera so that both your child's face AND the keyboard are visible. Being able to see their hands on the keyboard helps me to help them!
 - Second, please make sure your learner understands how to mute and unmute themselves. It is also fine if you are simply close by and prepared to mute or unmute a learner. Sometimes when we're learning, it's REALLY HARD to wait for a turn to play. All of my students have permission to turn off their microphones so they can try to play something we just learned. However, I do not have the power to turn their microphone back on. Again, hearing your learner play (and ask questions) helps me help them. 
 - Third, and perhaps most importantly: We make a lot of joyful "noise" in my classes. While this doesn't bother me at all, some people (including young learners) are very sensitive to loud and to jumbled sounds. I always encourage learners to share this with me so we can make sure no one feels overwhelmed. Sometimes in classes, we find the best thing is for everyone to mute so that each learner hears only me and themself. I have a couple of requests about this. Again, please ensure your learner is able to unmute to speak to me or play for me. Also, if your learner tends to be shy and bothered by "too much" sound but unwilling to say so, please feel encouraged to communicate this to me. Music is for EVERYone, and everyone needs to be comfortable in class. 
Materials and activities for this class will be teacher created. Musical literature used in this class is drawn from the rich heritage of world folk and classical forms of music.
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(391)
Hello. My name is Sandra Girouard. I began teaching in 1989. I enjoy learning, and I absolutely love helping children learn. I have a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Arts from the College of Education at the... 
Group Class


1x per week
25 min

Completed by 20 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 5-7
3-4 learners per class

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