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Piano lessons

Welcome to piano!

 

All beginners must have a copy of Celia Waterhouse 'my solfa piano book' book 1. When they have successfully completed this they are allowed to move on to book 2. Both are available from shop.kodaly.org.uk

 

Pupils who have completed book 2 are ready to tackle more challenging beginner materials. It is recommended at this point that you order Denes Agay 'The Joy of First Year Piano' which is widely available. The title of the book is misleading as the materials cover the level of difficulty from preparatory to grade 1 which on the whole falls well outside first year piano studies.

 

The main point to make about learning the piano is that it is important the pupil has something to practice on. Even a keyboard is better than nothing. Also that regular (daily) practice and support/encouragement at home has a significant impact on the progress your child will be able to make.

 

 

Year 1 'Spinning top' - check out the left hand piano harmonics!

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Skip to my Lou - Musical fun for this year 6 during SATs week!

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Year 1 - Lesson two!

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At Tennyson road we offer piano lessons to children starting from year 1. This is what can be achieved by lesson 2. Note how steady the pulse is, note the quality of the projection and accuracy of the rhythm.
Please enjoy these snapshots of what our children have been working on in their piano lessons.

Musette in D from the Anna Magdalene Notebook

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Working toward grade 2 in year 5

Hannah Bantry from My Solfa Book 2 by Celia Waterhouse

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Hannah Bantry again

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Snail Snail - piano lesson three!

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Cobbler Cobber

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One of our Year 4s helps reception.

Gospel Flair - a grade 2 piece

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From our recent pupil recital.

Number 15 from 'Mikrokosmos' by Bela Bartok

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Fur Elise - you tube version

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''Sea Chantey'' (arrangers spelling!) arr Denes Agay

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A very steady pulse and note the strong rhythmic projection - in recital conditions!

Mosquito Song

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Note the excellent hand position - curved fingers

Boogie Woogie Goose

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Allegretto

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Blues Scales from Alfred's All in one piano course

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Old Macdonald

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A flowing duet performance

Apple Tree

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One of our year 1 children demonstrating excellent performance skills in the early stages of learning piano

Tune from Peer Gynt

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This tune was worked out by ear by the performer using practical knowledge of the Pentatonic Scake

Sailors Song Trad Danish arr Denes Agay

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Note the crossed hands. Our pupils learn technical skills on their instrument right from the start

Mosquito dance again - this time during a recital

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Every pupil is encouraged to use the correct technique of curved fingers - as authoritatively demonstrated here

An original composition

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Very encouraging to see our young musicians developing their own ideas

'Mysterious Procession' by Denes Agay

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A musically convincing performance

Mary Anne

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A year 1 pupil performs with convincing pulse/rhythm in front of a live audience.

Some so la mi songs - year 1 recital

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