Camden Hills Regional High School

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Introduction to Piano and Music Theory
Mrs. Murphy
Room 295 - Period

Introduction to Piano and Music Theory

Course Texts: Alfred Basic Piano for Adults, Books 1 and 2; Alfred Music Theory Bks 1&2

Equipment: MIDI compatible keyboards - 1 per student

Computer and music software programs

Class size:  8 - 10

Level:Introductory course


This class is an introductory course to music reading through the study of piano.  It is not appropriate for a student with intermediate to advanced piano skills.  Students will learn basic music theory and music reading skills through the study of piano.  The 1st quarter of the course is geared towards introducing the piano and basic 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.    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.

All students must have access to a piano or keyboard in order to participate in this course.  Students without a keyboard may sign out a school-loaned instrument for the semester.

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
Grading Policy:
Students are graded in the following areas:
  • homework/quizzes
  • in-class rehearsal techniques
  • piano performance exams
  • written theory exams
  • final performance project, including public performance at Fine Arts Night
Assignments and piano practice log are located at