Lesson types

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Piano Lesson
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Piano lessons will generally be weekly and an hour long. However, to suit your needs and depending on the availability of time slots, fortnightly lessons may be requested.

All students will receive a detailed written report at the end of the lesson. This report may also be requested as a soft copy. The report will cover all activates done during the lesson and a constructive critical commentary for all repertoire performed. This report will have all needed guidelines for the student to practice at home.

The Piano lesson will cover technique and repertoire.

While most repertoire taught will be in the idiom of western classical music, equal emphasis will be given to modern music, jazz, improvisation and composition.

Students may give exams conducted by Trinity College, London (TCL), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the London College of Music (LCM).

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Theory Lessons

These may be a group or private lessons, and will usually be an hour long.

Theory Rudiments
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Theory Rudiments comprise basic objective music theory elements related to pitch, chords, intervals, meter, keys, rhythm and form. For students who do not have a theory background up to Grade 5 (TCL, ABRSM or LCM), Theory Rudiments are compulsory for taking Piano lessons and Composition lessons.

Students will have a choice of different entry modules depending on their musical taste. These will range from Classical to Jazz and Popular. By the end of studying Theory Rudiments, the student will have attained a level equivalent to Grade 5 Theory under the TCL, ABRSM and LCM syllabi.

Depending on the grasp of the student, the study of Theory Rudiments can take anywhere from 4 months to 3 years.

Students may wish to appear for the Grade 5 theory examinations held by TCL, ABRSM or LCM at the end of their rudimentary study.

Intermediate Classical Harmony
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Intermediate Classical Harmony is the study of the grammar of music that composers used in the Common Practice period (1650-1900). By the end of studying Intermediate Classical Harmony, students will have attained a level equivalent to Grade 8 Theory (TCL, ABRSM and LCM). Rudiments knowledge or Grade 5 Theory is a prerequisite for this module. Intermediate Classical Harmony is compulsory for students learning Intermediate and Advanced Piano and Composition in the Classical idiom.

Students may give the Grade 6 or 7 theory exams while doing this module as and when they have attained the required level of knowledge. At the end of this module, the student may give the Grade 8 theory examination.

Advanced Classical Harmony
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Advanced Classical Harmony is an extension of Intermediate Classical Harmony. Be the end of Advanced Classical Harmony course, students will have attained the theory levels of AMusTCL and LMusTCL. Students may give AMusTCL and LMusTCL after the completion of this module.

Advanced Classical Harmony is compulsory for students doing Composition in the Classical-Idiom.

Advanced Jazz Harmony
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Jazz Harmony has evolved from the Classical harmony with the influence of music from the West African diaspora and led itself to establish its own school of music. Rudiments knowledge or Grade 5 Theory is a prerequisite for this module. Composition Students are recommended to do this module. This module is compulsory for students learning Jazz performance and Improvisation.

Below is a presentation of my free workshop which shows an introduction to Jazz Harmony. (Slide 20 onwards)

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Intermediate Popular Music Theory
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Popular Music Theory has evolved in the latter part of the 20th century and covers various rudimentary concepts as well as Band Knowledge and Analysis. At the end of this module, the student would have attained the level of Grade 8 Rock School Music Theory.

Rudiments or Grade 5 theory is a prerequisite for this course.

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Supportive Skills

Supportive skills are musical skills that are required for a well-versed musician.

These may be taken as a separate group lesson or may be added to your piano lesson. However, students who wish to develop only their musicianship may opt only for the supportive skills and not the piano lesson.

Aural skills
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These are skills that relate to identifying basic elements of music, intervals, chords, cadences, rhythm, melody and form. Melodic dictation is also a part of Aural Skills.

Aural tests are a part of the supplementary tests of the Graded Examinations of TCL, ABRSM and LCM.

Sight Reading
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The ability to read at sight has never been more essential to today’s musician than before. Today’s musician needs to jam, improvise and play at gigs where they are supposed to be able to read and perform music at a very short notice. Sight Reading is what aids in achieving this. Sight reading will be a part of the piano lesson.

Sight Reading is a part of the supplementary tests of the Graded Examinations of TCL, ABRSM and LCM.

Improvisation
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Improvisation is an essential skill required by the modern musician. Improvisation will be taught as part of the private piano lesson through improvisation method books.

Improvisation is a part of the supplementary tests of the graded examinations of TCL.

Musical Knowledge
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Musical knowledge is the study of the history of music. Musical Knowledge comprises of developing a good taste in listening to music in all genres.

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Composition
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Composition lessons are offered to students who have completed grade 5 theory.

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Computer Skills
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An 8-week assignment based course will be offered to students on Sibelius, Finale, Cubase and Protools.

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Elementary Acoustics & Electronic Music

This is a 4-week project-oriented course to understand basics of Acoustics, Music Technology and Music Synthesis.

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