Name that Key!
What you'll learn
- Students will learn the names of the keys on the piano and how to identify note names in treble and bass clefs.
- Access to a piano keyboard and/or a printer is nice, but not required.
Have you ever wanted an easy way to remember the names of the keys on the piano?
Have you ever wanted to be able to read a note in printed music and find it quickly on the piano? Even if you don’t play piano, it’s helpful to know the names of the keys to find a starting pitch or tune another instrument.
I want to show you a method for remembering the names of the keys that is so silly it might make you giggle, but it will make them so easy to remember that you might never forget.
And then I want to show you the best method of reading notes on the staff – a method much better than the little sayings for lines and spaces. The method I want to show you is based on how good sight readers actually read, and it will jump start your music reading ability and set you up to take your reading skills to the next level.
This course will not teach you how to play the piano or how to sight read fluently (although it will get you off to a great start!). It is for learning the names of the keys and finding notes on the staff. However, first impressions are everything and the reading method I teach in this course will set you on track to become a fluent sight reader. At the end of this course you will know all the keys on the piano and be able to recognize those keys in written music.
Want to know more? Check out my intro video and start your journey with Name that Key!
Who this course is for:
- Beginning piano students, vocalists and other instrumentalists who want to learn the names of the keys on the piano. Useful for finding starting pitches or for tuning. Knowing the piano key names is also useful for anyone studying general music theory concepts. In addition, this course is recommended for music teachers interested in new methods and resources for their beginning students. This course is not recommended for those who read music fluently and already know the piano key names unless they wish to use this material to teach others.
Donna Gielow McFarland holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Wheaton College in Illinois and a master's degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon. She has taught music at the college level for over 20 years including teaching music theory and class piano at Northwest Christian University and New Hope Christian College. She also served as class piano program coordinator at the University of Oregon. Donna Gielow McFarland has published several music theory and piano textbooks, original piano compositions, arrangements and stories for children.