Fundamentals of Piano Performance
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spContent=Piano Performing Foundation is oriented towards affiliated middle school students, undergraduates and graduates in piano major, as well as pre-schoolers and beginners in the wider community. Picking up piano practice from a child allows amazing training in imaginal thinking and coordination ability of the right brain. This course, therefore, is aimed at instruction of music theory fundamentals, basic hand types, fast running principle, vocal legato and more in piano playing. The lessons will cover multiple forms including performing and teaching demonstration, piano duet and more, with much attention to be paid to technical practice and music processing.
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Learning piano should start from an early age, because piano is an art of finger movement. At the same time, piano is a keyboard art that both hands participate in at the same time. Learning piano from childhood can train the right brain's image thinking ability and coordination ability. This course is intended to systematically teach the basic knowledge of music theory, including basic rhythm form, basic hand type, fast running principle, singing legato, etc., and teach the basic movement principle and touch key method of fingers and wrists from the perspective of piano phonation principle. This course will combine theory with playing practice, give consideration to technical practice and music processing, and demonstrate the performance of multiple pieces of music through theoretical explanation, finger function analysis, performance and teaching demonstration, four hand joint play and other forms. This course can not only be used as a basic course of music for normal school and art college students, but also as a basic course of piano for music college students to make up and consolidate professional knowledge. At the same time, the vast number of basic social learners can master the basic piano playing skills and basic knowledge of music theory, enhance their interest in learning, cultivate their music sentiment, and feel the infinite charm of piano music through the learning of this course.

Objectives

 

Childhood proves to be perfect time to start piano sessions, literally a keyboard art relying on finger-moving function. Kick-off at a younger age allows incredible training in imaginal thinking and coordination ability of the right brain.


This course, therefore, is aimed at systematic instruction of music theory ABC, basic hand types, fast running principle, vocal legato and more in piano playing. The lessons will cover the rationale for finger-wrist movement in regard to piano vocalization, and key-touching methods. The theory is to be combined with playingpractice by means of theory instructing, finger function analysis, performance and teaching demonstration, piano duet and so forth. Moreover, much attention will be paid to technical practice and music processing, as well as textbook performing examples of multiple pieces.


This programme, furthermore, is applicable for elementary piano course learners at musical colleges, in addition to music basic course beginners at normal and art academies. Thankfully, piano novices out of the wider community, following incessant learning, are hopefully to gain music theory fundamentals and simple piano playing skills, plus emotional edification in music, and boundless experience in amazing piano music

The work sheets will be fulfilled by means of viewing teaching video, combined with score examples and recommended teaching materials, in an attempt to help improve piano playing skills. Through devices like work sheets, discussion and query-handling, final exam and others, learners can further grasp the basic knowledge of score and music theory. Via extendedvideoing, players can deepen their understanding of piano music art, essentially mastering basic methods ranging from piano playing, piano pedaling, to phrase-splitting concept and more, which signifies “well begun” for further learning in piano playing.


 




 



 





Syllabus
Prerequisites

upright piano or keyboard, exercise book, a metronome, knowledge of music history

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References

References

Basic Course for Beyer Piano, People's Music Publishing House

 

Preliminary Course for Czerny Piano, work 599, People's Music Publishing House

 

John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course 1, 2 , Shanghai Music Publishing House

 

John Thompson's Modern Piano Course 1, Shanghai Music Publishing House

 

Easy to Learn Staff, East China Normal University Press

 

Staff Handbook, Guangxi Normal University Press

 

Notes from the Pianist’ Bench, by Boris Berman, Translated by Tang Beihua, Shanghai Music Publishing House, August 2016, 1st Edition

 

Road to Piano Performance and Teaching, by Pan Yiming, People's Music Publishing House, October 2016, 1st Edition

 

Piano Teaching Method (Revised Edition), by Ying Shizhen, People's Music Publishing House, August 2007, 2nd Edition

 

On Piano Performance (Poland), by Josef Hofmann, Translated by Li Suxin, People's Music Publishing House, March 2003, 1st Edition

 

On Piano Performing Art (Former Soviet Union), by Heinrich Neuhaus, Translated by Wang Qizhang and Wu Peihua, People's Music Publishing House, January 1963, 1st Edition

 

FAQ

Common Issues

 

Q: I don't have a piano of my own. How can I follow this course?

 

A: Exactly. With a keyboard instrument within your reach, you can start with staff, basic rhythm, plus piano ABC.

 

Q: I am merely a beginner with staff. A metronome is a must for me?

 

A: You are right to have one close at hand. It will make a difference when coming to rhythm and meter.

 

Q: As a beginner, how many hours a day is enough?

 

A: That depends. Low-age kids can’t keep attention long. 45 minutes a day is okay. Several periods are the best solution for them.