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Taylor Swift Piano Beginner Crash Course 1

Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
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In this 4-lesson camp, students will learn to read basic piano notation while playing Taylor Swift songs.

Class Experience

Beginner Level
  • Students will... * learn to identify groups black keys on the keyboard and name the white keys. * recognize high and low sounds on the keyboard. * identify their fingers by finger numbers. * clap and play to standard rhythm notation with quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes. * be able to sight-read and perform songs using rhythm notation and finger numbers or alpha notes. *** On day 1, we'll learn to read rhythmnic and finger number notation for Love Story. The rest of the days we'll play songs on the white keys, learning to read alpha notation with increasing complexity. ***
I teach classes on a variety of arts-related subjects: 
  * piano, sight-reading, song-writing; 
  * realistic drawing techniques;
  * comic book creations & anime drawing styles;
  * digital arts, Photoshop, graphic design.

Look at the bottom of my profile to find my other classes. 
    → https://outschool.com/teachers/Elizabeth-Essex ←

As a teacher with over twenty years of experience, I have been running my own piano studio full-time for the last decade. I started learning music in piano lessons when I was four years old and am currently teaching my 15th academic year as a piano teacher. I also am a former public school art teacher, university adjunct professor, swim instructor, dance teacher, and math tutor.

The Suzuki method is at the core of many of my ideas about teaching music. Shin’ichi Suzuki believed that music is like a language and therefore should be taught like one-- learning to speak before reading and writing and that learning should take place in a loving and supportive environment, with constant repetition, and with helpful modeling from the parents. Like Montessori, the Suzuki philosophy is student-centered, includes lots of learning games and enjoyable activities, and demands that learning activities be planned according to the student's needs and level of development.
Homework Offered
At home off-screen practice is highly recommended! Check the Outschool classroom after class for extra assignments.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
New beginners welcome! 
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students will be required to purchase Taylor Swift sheet music: Love Story https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/en/product/love-story-22711640.html?aff_id=561671 Karma https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/en/product/karma-22711595.html?aff_id=561671 Bad Blood https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/en/product/bad-blood-21963981.html?aff_id=561671 Back to December https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/en/product/back-to-december-22711669.html?aff_id=561671
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
To fully participate in any music class, it's best to check your audio settings in Zoom first! Watch below to find out how to turn on ORIGINAL SOUND on your device:
iPads → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1pkirtPH9o
other platforms → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZMRtrSsYY

Parents must stay off camera as much as possible but will need to assist as necessary during class time to help their young learner find the correct keys, clap along to the rhythm, and control the mute button in Zoom. Parents will also be expected to assist with at home practice throughout the week.

Absolutely NO EATING during class. Learners will need the constant use of both of their hands as well as to engage with their full attention. Learners who are eating on camera may be asked to leave.

I will screenshare games I have made in Google Drive and Scratch to review music theory concepts if we have time in class.

Please make sure your learner has purchased-- and preferrably printed-- all sheet music linked under 'Supplies.'
See Materials List!
Joined March, 2022
Teacher expertise and credentials
Virginia Teaching Certificate - Music/Theater/Arts
Master's Degree in Education
Hi! I've been teaching for over 20 years. I love Outschool, and I'm excited to be able to share my passion for the arts with kids across the world!

I teach classes related to my all favorite things music and art. I love comics and graphic novels,... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
4x per week, 1 week
25 min

Completed by 40 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
2-5 learners per class

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