Sunbeams (Ages 5-6)
Sunbeams-The program for kindergartners and first graders provides “big kid” lyrics to introduce concepts, finger numbers, and keyboard geography. Songs and games are used to encourage and reinforce listening. Rhythm Ensembles, Rhythm, and Keyboard ensembles are used throughout the course.
- Class Length: 45 minutes
- Duration: September – June
- Tuition: $800 for 33 weeks
- Home Materials Level 1: $217.00 including tax
- Identification and development of keys and rhythm through MYC’s unique keyboard ‘critters’
- Off-the-staff reading for contour and patterns
- Steady beat experiences
- On-the-staff (pitch) reading in treble clef and bass clef
- Grand staff reading (treble and bass clef)
- Listening to identify and use dynamics (loud and quiet sounds)
- Listening to a rhythm pattern and writing it using rhythm writing tools.
- Coordination of LH and RH
- Scale playing with harmonizing bridge chords in C major, a minor and G major.
- Study of seven different keys with key signatures.
- Two note bridge chords grow to three note full chords.
- Coordination of left hand and right hand in playing broken chords with a melody.
- Coordination in hand-over-hand (crossing over) pieces.
- Grand staff reading expands to include notes from low G in bass clef to high G in treble clef.
- Staccato (detached) and legato (smooth) touches are explored.
- Harmonization (adding chords to a melody) and transposition (moving from one key to another) are important study elements this year.
- Continued listening to identify and use dynamics (loud and quiet sounds), rhythm patterns and accompaniment styles.
- Study of a minimum of eight keys
- Continued study of scales harmonized with primary chords and practice of accompaniment patterns including broken chords and
- Playing rhythmic patterns
- Study of three forms of the minor scale: natural, harmonic, and melodic.
- Study of inversions of triads
- Study of cadences. (A cadence is a progression of chords.)
- Expanded studies of: note names to include ledger lines and articulation with an introduction to accents.
- Introduction to simple analysis.
- Continued practice of: harmonization and transposition, composition and arranging, listening for dynamics, meter, articulation, form, and accompaniment styles.
What Parents Are Saying
Both of my daughters are taking piano lessons with Ayshan for years. We’re all pleased with the results that my daughters got for their RCM exams
Dear Mrs. Ayshan. Thank you so very much for everything you have done for Michael. You are an amazing teacher.
Classes with Miss Ayshan is fun. Love teaching, love family atmosphere at the school. The energy of Miss Ayshan and love of children is very touching.