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Versatile Musicians At the Piano

Take a peek at this Versatile Music Maker at the Piano

Explore the benefits for my child

Alabanza Music classes are intended to nurture children's natural musical ability and awaken a lifelong love of music via our internationally renowned Musikgarten curriculum
     Classes at the keyboard in small groups allow the children to experience the delight in making music with others, while at the same time encouraging the development of rhythmic competency, listening skills, singing, and music-reading. In addition, learning melodies, scales and chords on the instruments, helps improve more difficult fine and gross motor skills.

     Doing solos (individual renditions) within a group setting, helps children to manage and overcome performance anxiety. In fact, according groundbreaking research “performing music-through singing, drumming and dancing- all resulted in participants having higher pain thresholds in comparison to listening to music alone.” 

     Children who complete Music Makers: At the Piano not only possess a strong desire to make music, they also have the aural and keyboard skills that will enable them to do so. It prepares children for future keyboard study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds. 

     Moreover, these children become truly versatile musicians, not limited to only being able to read sheetmusic, but also compose, improvise, and play by ear; with the ability to transfer knowledge to other instruments, having played a repertoire of music from our own culture and across the globe - a highly valuable and unique skillset combination for a musician!

What activities are done in this Piano Class?

This specialised Year-long group Piano class at each level, is an extension of the work done in Piano Preparatory Genesis Music Makers and follows a very sequential approach to building keyboard skills and understanding musical notation.

The programme is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood; it is the final step on the pathway to music literacy.

Activities include:

Playing Songs by ear

Sight-singing

Sight reading on keys

Reading Notation/Sheet music

Composing

Dictation

Improvising

Aural Recognition Games

Drumming

Dancing

Stories about Composers

and so much more!

 

What's our Class size like?

Unlike typical Classroom settings, Our Class Sizes are small, a tremendous benefit to all!

This gives our teachers an opportunity to offer your child more personalized instruction within a group setting

Emprical Research proves Students in smaller class sizes outperform those who are taught in larger groups. Students in smaller classes spend  more time on task than students in larger classrooms. Classroom management is more effective and students pay more attention

N.B. Smaller class sizes must be coupled with competent parental support for it to work.

 

What to expect at each Level?

Intro to Piano
Overview: Children will be introduced to playing in D major 5 finger position and the I and V7 chords to accompany their songs.

Tocando Piano - Level 1
Throughout the entire year, children will become familiar with D, C and G major 5 finger positions as well as d and e minor. They will be introduced to the I and V7 (also i and v7) chords to accompany their songs.

Transposing their repertoire to all known positions is encouraged as each new position is introduced.

Tocando Piano - Level 2
Throughout the year, the children will become comfortable with D,C,G, add E, Fmajor 5 finger positions as well as d, e as well as c, f minor. They will be introduced to the I and IV,V7 (also i and v7) chords to accompany their songs.

Transposing their repertoire to all known positions is encouraged as each new position is introduced.

Tocando Piano - Level 3
Playing by ear continues throughout the year, but reading activities are more plentiful. This expanded role of reading music  is found not only in the Children's Book but also in the sight-reading cards and notation games.  We continue to develop piano technique including staccato & legato, chord positions as well as Improvisation.

Keep the learning going at home

We encourage and support continued musical play and learning at home with families.

We'll provide you with important information on children's (musical) development on a regular basis via our newsletters and access to our e-learning page with suggested home activities and video guides.
You'll also have ready resources at your fingertips with Children's Course Book, Notation Games, Digital Downloads for Practice CD & Listening CD with quality recordings, Parent Guide Book (highly recommended)  for use at home to increase family involvement in the learning process and foster the love and appreciation of music and culture and the discipline of practice..

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Course Tuition Fee - Level 1

Parrandero Semester: Sept-Jan [4 months]

Materials

Course Book, Notation Games, Digital Downloads for Practice CD & Listening CD with quality recordings.

Instruments

For class & home use.  
If student already has keyboard and/or accessories it can be used

LOCATION/S & SCHEDULE/S:
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SESSION DURATION
45 min teaching session

10 min parent review

PROGRAMME LENGTH
Year-long:

2 Semesters at this level

DELIVERY METHOD
On-site & Online