Keyboard, Piano for Beginners

Course overview

Start your piano learning from the very beginning from the comfort of your own home with our online course. Suitable for absolute beginners who wish to learn to learn to play and read music.

More details:

Learn the basics of piano playing in this introduction to the wonders of piano music in this online course. You’ll be taught how to navigate the piano keyboard layout and acquire keyboard skills using five-finger patterns. You’ll also learn how to read music notation and through practical exercises in class you will develop your listening skills. As this is a practical course you need access to a keyboard (with 88 keys) or an electric or acoustic piano to play during the online lessons and so that you can practise between sessions.

What you will learn

  • Basic fingering patterns and melodies based around ‘C position’
  • Keyboard navigation and aural recognition of high and low pitch and intervals
  • Posture at the piano and correct hand shaping
  • Reading music notation and recognising symbols for high and low pitch (treble and bass clef) and the musical alphabet
  • Clapping and reading rhythmic patterns and counting in simple time signatures

How will I learn?

Your tutor Polly will use a variety of techniques to teach you:

  • Tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam at the piano
  • Lots of encouragement and feedback on your playing in a group and individually
  • Short recordings (videos and audio files) for you to practice along with posted on our Virtual Learning Environment; ALO
  • Worksheets for you to download and print out posted on our Virtual Learning Environment; ALO
  • Easy to follow demonstrations and group exercises to develop aural skills and theoretical study
  • To make good progress a regular practice routine is essential. We recommend 20 mins daily.

As this is an online course you will need access to the internet and your own electric piano or keyboard with 88 full-sized keys or an acoustic piano. You will need a copy of Adult All-in-One Course: Lesson, Theory, Technique Level 1 (Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course) which we use as our class text book.

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Piano/keyboards for Beginners Taster Session

Please enrol on our Piano/keyboard for Beginners Taster Session which is a pre-recorded video with Polly for you to watch. This will prepare you for our first session. You will learn some basic techniques that you can play along with to introduce you to the piano. This is an Online course that runs on 10 Mondays from 7-8.30pm. Term Time only.

Course Starts in 50 Days
  • 17 January 2022 - 31 July 2022
  • 17:30 - 19:00
  • Monday
  • 10 Weeks
    • £150
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