Lessons

Lessons & Demonstrations

Play along with the musical examples from Classroom Keyboard’s Lessons One to Six in the videos below. Included are an introduction to the keyboard, hand positions, pre-notation playing of musical patterns and simple melodies, and notation of melodies for both hands. The nine melodies in the summary video demonstrate the elements presented in the six lessons.

Lesson 1

♫1a-b

Musical Sound, White Key Names, The Keyboard(begin on C), Octave, Middle C    


♫1bb-cc

Posture and Hands, C position, Playing Keyboards, Step, Skip, and Repeat, Pitch Motion and Three Melodies

Lesson 2

♫2a

Hand Positions, Changing Position  


♫2bb-cc

Playing Music, When the Saints Go Marching In

Lesson 3

♫3a-aa

Rhythm, Notes and Rests, Treble Clef and Staff, Beats and Notes 


♫3bb-cc

C Position Lines and Spaces, Notated Pitch Motion, Playing Melodies, Old Ark’s a-Moverin’ and Freedom

Lesson 4

♫4a-b

Time Signatures, Notes and Beats, Bass Clef and Staff, Beats And Notes, C Position Lines and Spaces, Note Stems, Old Ark’s a-Moverin’ and Freedom


♫4bb-cc

Grand Staff, C Position, Old Ark’s a-Moverin,’ Freedom, Ode to Joy, Mary Had a Little Lamb; Old Ark’s a-Moverin’ and Freedom in F and G positions

Lesson 5

♫5a-aa

Time Signature 3/4 review, Dots, Ties, French Lullaby


♫5b-bb

Dots and Ties in 4/4 time, Partial Measures, Theme from the New World, When the Saints Go Marching In

Lesson 6

Note Review, Shorter Notes and Rests

Melodies with whole, half, quarter and eighth notes: Hot Cross Buns, Freedom, French Shop, Ode to Joy

Melody Summary

Melodies in a faster tempo with a 3 or 4 beat introduction

 

(1) Whole, half, dotted half and quarter notes in 4/4 and 3/4: Old Ark, Freedom, Ode to Joy, Mary Had a Little Lamb, French Lullaby

 

(2) Whole, half, dotted half and quarter notes and ties in 4/4: Theme from the New World, When the Saints Go Marching In

 

(3) Whole, half, quarter and eighth notes in 4/4: Hot Cross Buns, Freedom, French Shop, Ode to Joy