Western Music Piano Basics | Course On Piano And Theory Of Western Music

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This course is the first step for students wishing to play classical piano. It is an introduction course, preparing students to later appear for the ABRSM Examinations and get an internationally recognised certification. Students undergoing this ‘Piano and Theory of Music’ beginners course will learn to read and write traditional western music notation. By the end of this course, students will be able to read and play short tunes without assistance, and will then be able to appear for the Grade-level ABRSM Examinations in music theory or piano.

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20 Years Experience
From: India
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Classical music piano music-theory
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Bachelor of Fine Arts
Chitrakala Parishath College of Fine Arts
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Private music classes
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Self employed

Course Details

This course is designed to create a strong foundation for students in piano and music theory. The teacher for this course is a Grade 8 level achiever, the highest level in music awarded by the Trinity Music College, London. Her grade also certifies her to impart the knowledge she has gained pursuing piano and music theory. This course will commence by teaching the western music basics and theory. It will speak to students about rhythm, which is a combination of beats played at different speeds also referred to as tempo in a musical piece. Next up, the teacher will teach students about dynamics that is basically the expression of music, which could represent excitement, joy, sorrow, articulation and such other factors in a musical piece. Further on students get introduced and briefed about melody which relates to the pitch, meaning the characteristics relating to the tone that defines high or low notes, in other words, the loudness or softness in a song or tune.

Moving ahead, in this course students get introduced to the harmony which relates to the different notes played simultaneously in patterns to create a pleasing sound. The teacher will next speak about texture in music, educating students on the different styles of music. This course that adheres to the ABRSM standard of music education will through the course of this beginner program teach students on navigating the keyboard, reading classical notes, the finger techniques required to play the piano. Students will also be taught about terminologies used to identify the different elements in a musical piece such as scales, chords and arpeggios; notes of chords played in rapid successions. They will also get trained on 5 finger patterns of playing the piano. Finally, at the culmination of this course students will be able to play, Elvis, Beethoven and the piano repertoire on the piano, besides being ready to appear for the ABRSM, Grade 1, certification test or exam.

About Frida Mistry: Frida Mistry always was inclined towards arts, visible in the fact she completed her graduation in sculpting from the well known and recognized art Institute of Bangalore, Chitrakala Parishad of Fine Arts. She has also achieved a Grade 8 certification in piano from the Trinity School of Music in London for her piano playing skills. She has through the years endeavored to teach students different art forms that she has mastered. Frida has taught piano to students at a couple of the reputed schools in Bangalore for over a decade. Currently, Frida devotes her time to teach interested students piano, crochet and knitting from her home in the outskirts of Bangalore.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

This course helps students to get accustomed to the piano, in terms of the finger movements, 5 finger patterns, chords, scales etc. Getting trained under the guidance of a teacher who has achieved Grade 8 in the ABRSM exams helps students to know about the format of exams to learn and successfully clear the Grade 1 for beginners and move to the next level. Getting graded by ABRSM means the certification holds good in 93 countries and can help them pursue further certifications. Besides the certification, students can also look forward to a better understanding of chords and harmony enabling them to comprehend and play complex music pieces on the piano.


Students enrolling for this course on Piano and Music Theory need to have the following:

A piano, could be acoustic or digital.

A copy of the course books recommended by the teacher;

Manuscript paper to note down musical notes;

A noteflight - but this is optional; Noteflight is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear professional quality music notation right in your web browser. 

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What kind of piano should I have?
You need to have an Acoustic or Digital Piano, not a keyboard, as the weight of the keys would differ.
What books do I need?
Books suggested are Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randell Saber.
What additional resources would I get?
You would be given music notation in pdf format, puzzles, instructions to read and write music notation, fun games to practice.
Can this course be customized?
Yes, depending on the level of student's knowledge. It will be mutually decided by the teacher and individual students.
What if the teacher wants to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students one day prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end of the ensuing week (i.e. Saturday), or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
What if the student cannot attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his/her absence one day prior to the class. The teacher will reschedule the class only if possible, at the teacher's convenience, before the end of the course.
Which piano is better and you would recommend students to use the acoustic or digital?
An acoustic piano would be best for this course and for learning.
Do you do a personal assessment to gauge the growth of the student? If yes at what interval?
No, I do not carry out assessments, students are assessed through the ABRSM exam. I train for them for that exam.
What is the age criteria for this course?
Students should be 6 years or above to attend this course.
Do you have any specific expectations for your students to follow or abide by?
Students should have books to take down notes and their piano should be in good playing condition. They should be able to independently practice for a minimum of 20 minutes everyday.
Can the student appear for the ABRSM exam before completing 52 weeks or the duration of this course?
It will take a minimum of 52 weeks or the duration of this course before an absolute beginner can appear for the ABRSM Grade 1 certificate exam.

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