Classical Piano Lessons
Here's an outline of topics your teacher can cover with you depending on your level of ability.
- The notes of the piano
- Reading music
- Proper posture at the piano
- Keeping the arms loose
- Method Books
- Suzuki or Bastien for children
- Bartok's Mikrokosmos for Adults
- Major scales, all 12 keys
- Minor scales, harmonic and melodic, all 12 keys
- Minor and major, all 12 keys
- Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"
- Beethoven's "Fur Elise"
- Counterpoint: Clarity and Control for the Left Hand
- Bach's 2 and 3-part Inventions
- Baroque: Bach
- Classical: Mozart, Handel, Pachelbell, Beethoven, Telaman, Mendelssohn, Strauss
- Romantic: Schubert, Brahms, Schuman, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Lizst
- French: Ravel, Debussy
- 20th Century: Bartok, Schonberg, Barber, Gershwin, Wagner
About the Piano
Interestingly, composer Johann Sebastian Bach did not like the first piano he was introduced to in 1730, claiming that the higher notes were too soft to allow a full dynamic range. The criticism was apparently heeded by piano builders. Bach did approve of a later instrument he saw in 1747, and even served as an agent in selling certain builder's pianos.