Piano and Music Theory for First Time Beginners
What you'll learn
- Learn how to play piano
- Learn fundamentals of music theory
- Learn how to read music
- Develop your musical ability
- Learn correct piano technique
- Develop consistent practice habits
- No prior experience needed! All you need is the required course materials and a positive attitude :)
- Piano or keyboard to practice with
- A Musician's Notebook to write in
- Lesson Book
By the end of this course you will have completed what normally takes student many months in private lessons:
Learn foundations of proper piano technique
Play chords and scales confidently
Learn short songs from the classical repertoire
Gain practice tips and habits that world class players utilize
Learn to read music in both bass and treble clef
Learn notation symbols essential for reading such as accents, pedal markings, dynamics, and more!
Have you ever wanted to learn piano but not known where to start? There are endless amounts of content to sort through on YouTube but it is overwhelming! How would a beginner know the order of what to do and how to do it?
Are the cost of weekly lessons keeping you from beginning your journey? Piano and music education is expensive! It is a significant investment and unfortunately that stops a lot of willing students from discovering and deepening their love for music.
If any of this applies to you, you will love this course! It is structured in the same way private classes are but at a much more affordable price. In this course you will learn piano technique, music theory, how to read music, and how to develop long term sustainable practice habits. Within each lesson are videos for theory, core techniques, and page by page explanations for the provided lesson book. In addition, you are provided worksheets, practice logs, and online quizzes. This ensures reinforcement of learning and tracking of progress just like you would in a 1on1 piano lesson.
Now anyone with the desire and willingness to learn can begin their piano journey and create a solid foundation for long term success!
Who this course is for:
- Beginners looking to learn piano and read music
- First time piano students
- Adult piano lessons
- First music class
- Classical piano beginner training
James has over 15 years of experience teaching piano, theory, and composition to students of all ages. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on performance and composition under pianist Martha Wasley. James has also written dozens of piano works, chamber pieces, and orchestral music which has been played in multiple countries. James also studied at the University of Manchester and has performed classical repertoire across Europe as both a soloist and accompanist.
However, he is not what people think of when they picture a 'classical musician'. Despite being a lifelong musician, his life circumstances had put him in a position many similar youths find themselves in. Before turning 17 he was a high school dropout, working full time, and living on his own. I was a dedication to music that inspired him to pursue higher education to fulfill his potential. Despite the odds, he achieved a full ride scholarship for piano which he credits to 'truly saving his life'.
Music has given him so much and it is his mission to give back to every student that takes lessons with him. Whether it be at his school, San Ramon Academy of Music or via his online content.
In 2020 he started the brand Powerful Piano to provide low cost learning resources and champion the power of classical music to minorities such as himself and other people that would not normally interact with it.