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Private Piano Lesson Level 1 is an introduction to formal keyboard study and performance. The instructor will assess your skill level. Additionally, the instructor will assess the history of your piano training and technique in order to appropriately plan a course of study that will support your learning trajectory and goals.

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You will be introduced to the theoretical foundation of piano performance, which includes major scales, major root-position triad arpeggios, posture at the instrument, and more. You will learn songs in traditionally notated and chord-symbol improvisation forms, and learn one piece in each notation style.

Technical exercises will help you develop rhythmic skill and awareness, muscle memory, and hand strength. You will also learn the piece from a specifically notated score and work with your instructor to adhere to all expressive, fingering, touch, and technical elements.

The harmonic texture required for Level 1 is to play the melody in the right hand and chords voice-led in the left hand. You will work with your instructor to arrange an approved piece employing proper voice leading, expressive elements, fingering, and technical elements.

By the end of Private Piano Lesson Level 1, you will be able to:

  • Play major scales hands together, four octaves ascending and descending with the proper fingers at 65 BPM in the keys of C, G, D, A, and E
  • Play major triad root-position arpeggios hands together, four octaves ascending and descending with the proper fingers at 65 BPM in the keys of C, G, D, A, and E

  • Perform triadic chord progressions I IV V I and I VI II V I in the keys of C, D, G, A, and E

  • Perform a technical exercise designed to develop rhythmic skill and awareness, hand strength, and muscle memory essential for conventional movement

  • Perform a piece in the traditionally notated style

  • Perform a piece in the chord symbol improvisation style right-hand melody, left-hand chords voice-led

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Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge, and/or Skills
This course does not have any prerequisites.



  • Students are required to create notation and submit it in PDF format. Options include:
    • Notation software (recommended option), such as Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, MuseScore (free), etc.
    • Handwritten notation captured by a digital camera or a scanner can be used in lieu of notation software.


  • Piano or keyboard instrument with 88 weighted action keys equipped with a sustain pedal
    • If using a MIDI keyboard controller, a high-quality piano software instrument is also required.
    • If using a digital piano or keyboard workstation without built in speakers, an audio interface or amplifier is also required.


  • Students are required to capture their instrumental performance, as well as monitor audio output. Options include:
    • Input (one required if not using MIDI and software instruments):
      • Keyboard connected directly to audio interface (recommended non-acoustic option; alternatively, the microphone options below can be used with amplified instruments)
      • XLR microphone and audio interface (recommended acoustic piano option)
      • USB microphone
      • Built-in computer/mobile device microphone
    • Output (one required):
      • Headphones (recommended option; required if multitracking and/or input monitoring a microphone)
      • Studio monitors and audio interface
      • Built-in or external computer speakers
  • Note: Depending on your setup, you may also need XLR/instrument cables and microphone stand(s).

Student Deals
After enrolling, be sure to check out our Student Deals page for various offers on software, hardware, and more. Please contact with any questions.

General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Classes. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection


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