Piano Program Syllabus

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The Upscale Piano program utilizes The Joy of First Year Piano method book that begins with a simple children’s tune, Bluebird and ends with a dazzling, two part piece, English Dance. Once the method book is completed, the student will enter the realm of the intermediate pianist. The completion of the method book establishes basic sight reading skills, the ability to comprehend two levels of subdivision as well as correct finger and wrist/hand technique. Markedly, the student will develop independence of the hands in three of the five skills required to be a well-trained pianist.

  • Independent melodies in each hand
  • Independent rhythms in each hand
  • Independent note articulations in each hand
  • Independent dynamic levels
  • Independent phrasing

Emma performing Bluebird at seven years old, one month of lessons.

Early Intermediate Level

Madeleine performing English Dance at eight years old, two years of lessons.

Notes and timing completed with a practice tempo of 63 BPM – September, 2020

Madeleine in preparation for the 2021 recital.

Performance Tempo: 104 BPM – April, 2021

Madeleine – English Dance completed

Performance Tempo: 104 BPM – September, 2021

Notice in this third video there’s no motion in the hands. The first goal of the Upscale Piano Method is to be able to play with finger strikes that are isolated from any type of hand motion.

Intermediate Level

The intermediate level piano program utilizes Bach’s Minuet in G which establishes confidence with passing the thumb underneath fingers 2, 3 & 4 as well as passing fingers 2, 3 & 4 over the thumb. The Minuet in G also introduces Floating Elbow Technique. This is a technique by which the upper arm muscles (rather than the fingers) are responsible for carrying the weight of the hand and forearm while performing scales and arpeggios.

Matt, an adult student, performing Minuet in G after one year of lessons.

The fundamental lesson program ends once Beethoven’s Fur Elise has been completed. Mastering this piece establishes confidence with larger stretches of the hand as well as navigating distant hand position changes with greater speed and fluidity .

The teacher, Paul Beauregard, performing Fur Elise

Late Intermediate Level

From this point forward, (completion of Minuet in G and Fur Elise) students are encouraged to select songs from any genre they wish to play. The teacher will create custom piano arrangements specifically tailored to match the student’s proficiency level. Listen to Nia play her selected piece, River Flows in You, at the 2019 Upscale Piano Recital.

Listen to Madeleine play her selected piece, River Flows in You, at the 2022 Upscale Piano Recital.

Independence of the Hands

Here’s Maddie at ten years old, four years of lessons, learning her most recent song: 100 Years. The point of note here is the student’s ability to play syncopated rhythms in both hands while staying perfectly in time with the metronome click.

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