Introduction to Piano
Dates: January 17, 2018 to May 2, 2018
Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm to 6:20pm
(Link to Introduction to Piano II)
Introduction to Piano is designed to be a fun, group-oriented introduction to playing the piano. Intended for adult beginners, the course is open to anyone aged 14 and up.
The course covers a wide range of classical, folk and jazz repertoire. Students will learn the basics of music notation, rhythm, harmonization and piano technique.
Individual and group projects will be tailored to the level of each student. Class will culminate with a final performance at the end of the semester.
Non-credit and open to the general public.
Course Information and Prerequisites
An interest in learning to play piano.
Students should have access to a piano or keyboard for daily practice.
Mode and Style of Teaching
Class develops visual understanding and kinetic keyboard manipulation through studying and performing diverse piano repertory, sight-reading, chord progressions and harmonization. It is an opportunity for students to learn at their own pace, and to enjoy making music as a group.
Exams and Assignments
This is a noncredit course, so no quizzes or tests will be administered. Grades will not be assigned. The final performance will be open to the public.
Week 1 - (Jan 17) Introduction to playing position, clefs, and rhythm
Week 2 - (Jan 22-24) The grand staff and time signatures
Week 3 - (Jan 29-31) 5-finger patterns; melodic and harmonic intervals
Week 4 - (Feb 5-7) Major scales; simple and compound meter
Week 5 - (Feb 12-14) Introduction to C and G major chords; harmonizing melodies
Week 6 - (Feb 19-21) F-major chord; G7 chord; cadences, improvisation
Week 7 - (Feb 26-28) Expanding the 5-finger position; flats and sharps
Week 8 - (Mar 5-7) Introducing damper pedal
Week 9 - (Mar 12-14) Chords and Blues progression
Week 10 - (Mar 19-21) Minor scales; syncopated rhythm
Week 11 - (Mar 26-28) Arpeggiated chords and styles of accompaniment
Week 12 - (Apr 2-4) Composition project
Week 13 - (Apr 9-11) Triads and seventh chords; lead sheet symbols
Week 14 - (Apr 16-18) Review
Week 15 - (Apr 23-25) Preparation for the final performance
Week 16 - (Apr 30 - May 2) Final performance
About the Instructor
Ms. Nataša Kaurin-Karača is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Aural Skills, Class Piano, Music Fundamentals, and Music Appreciation. She has been playing piano since a very early age, and teaching Class Piano at Oklahoma State University since 2006. Her research interests include aural skills acquisition, pedagogy, and perception of timbre. In addition to teaching, Nataša has been a music director of Stillwater Chamber Singers since 2010. As a promoter of new music at Oklahoma State University, she has served as a music director of the “Frontiers” new music ensemble.
Nataša received her B.M. in Music Theory and Education from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and her M.M. from The Ohio State University under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.
Drop or refund policy
In the event you cannot attend the course, a 100% refund is available through 8 a.m. on the Monday of the week prior to the class start date. A 50% refund is available through Friday at 5 p.m. No refund is available on the first day of classes. Email or call for more information on dropping and adding non-credit classes offered through OSU Arts and Sciences Outreach.
If you have disabilities and need accommodation, please contact Student Disability Services at 405-744-7116.