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Curriculum

The lesson curriculum used is based on the student's age and level. This is determined through the interview process and information on the student's music experience. Below is the suggested curriculum method based on the age and level; other supplementary materials may be suggested for each level. 

(Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. The curriculum may vary based on the student's level, ability, and personal music interest and growth. The curriculum may change based on certification, competition, or festival event participation.)

Young Beginner through Intermediate
Ages 4-8

Alfred Premier Piano Course, Alfred Publishing Company
Lesson*, Performance*, and Theory books
  • Year 1: Level 1A & 1B
  • Year 2: Level 2A & 2B
  • Year 3: Level 3A & 3B
  • Year 4: Level 4
  • Year 5: Level 5
  • Year 6: Level 6
*listening cd's included


Older Beginner through Intermediate
Ages 9-14

Faber Accelerated Piano Adventures by Faber & Faber, Faber Music              
Lesson and Theory books 

Pathways to Artistry by Catherine Rollin, Alfred Publishing Co
Technique and Masterworks/Repertoire books                                                                                                
  • Year 1: Level 1 (Faber) and Technique and Masterworks/Repertoire 1 (mid-year)
  • Year 2: Level 2 (Faber) and Technique and Masterworks/Repertoire 2

Keys to Stylistic Mastery by Ingrid Clarfield and Dennis Alexander,
Alfred Publishing Co            
Burgmueller, Czerny, Hanon by Ingrid Clarfield, Alfred Publishing Co

Theory for Piano Students by Lora Benner, G. Schirmer Publishing Co
  • Year 3: Book 1 (Keys) and Book 2 (Theory)
  • Year 4: Book 2 and Book 3
  • Year 5: Book 3 and Book 4

Adult
Ages 15-95

Keyboard Musician for the Adult Beginner by Frances Clark, Alfred Publishing Co
Fingerpower by Schaum, Schaum Publications, Inc (beginning) and Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist Book 1, by Charles Hanon, Alfred Publishing Co (mid-year)


Supplementary Materials
Supplementary books and pieces are often incorporated into the lesson based on the student's interest. Books and composers may include (but are not limited to):

Books                                                                                                       
  • Faber Classics, Faber
  • Faber Popular, Faber
  • Classics to Modern, Denes Agay
  • Keys to Artistic Performance, Ingrid Clarfield
  • Mastering Classic Favorites, Phyllis Lehrer & Paul Sheftel          

Composers
  • Dennis Alexander
  • William Gillock
  • Martha Mier
  • Catherine Rollin
  • Paul Sheftel

Apps
The studio loves apps! There are many resources available to both students and parents. Some favorites are:
  • GarageBand
  • Music Tutor
  • Noteworks
  • Piano Companion
  • PianoMaestro

And for the very young musician:
  • ABC Music
  • Music Lab