Camden Hills Regional High School

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Intro to Piano/Music Theory
Visual and Performing Arts

Students will learn basic music theory through the study of piano. The first quarter of the course is geared towards introducing the piano and basic music theory skills. Students will learn correct playing technique; be able to read music in both treble and bass clef; be able to read and notate simple rhythms. All students must have access to a piano or keyboard in order to complete homework assignments. In the 2nd quarter the emphasis of the course will focus on music writing and music theory. Students will learn basic harmony, intervals, chords, scales, transpositions, musical analysis, and techniques of musical composition.

By the end of the semester, students will be able to
  • identify note names in treble and bass clefs, plus note values
  • identify note values in a variety of time signatures
  • read music notation in treble and bass clef
  • play basic one hand and two hand piano melodies
  • write music in treble and bass clefs
  • analyze and play simple harmonic progressions
  • identify key signatures
  • play beginner to intermediate piano pieces in a variety of key and time signatures
  • transpose music
  • analyze a melody and write harmonic accompaniment