There are 3 levels of books, in addition to the CorePiano level for absolute beginners or those needing a quick refresher.
- CorePiano is a great place to start, especially if you have no piano experience. The 33 lessons begin, well, at the beginning, teaching Notes of the Piano, Low and High Notes, The Musical Alphabet and even How to Sit at the Piano. Toward the end of CorePiano the student will be learning about the Major 5 Finger Scale and the Minor 5 Finger Scale, along with Chord Symbols and Key Signatures.
- Book 1 is also designed for the beginner. The student is taught proper technique, along with learning rhythm with vocalizations, ear training, reading music and expanding into creating their own music.
- Book 2 helps to build a foundation by continuing where Book 1 left off. More advanced techniques will be taught.
- Book 3 allows the more advanced student to create rich piano arrangements using original musical pieces.
You can read more of the details on each book at the HomeSchoolPiano site.
Each of these books (except for CorePiano) is broken down into 6 units, the lessons of which follow the 6 step pattern with an additional bonus lesson to equal 7 lessons per unit.
Each lesson teaches:
- Ear Training
- Reading Music
- Song and
HomeSchoolPiano is like having a piano teacher right in your home, ready to teach at the pace you are comfortable going. Willie Myette teaches directly to the student as he sits at his keyboard. As he plays, a virtual keyboard lights up and labels the note played. These lessons are augmented by pages of the book we have access to in PDF format. We can download and print out the same pages Willie is sharing on the screen.
Each of the children (except little Harold), plus myself and my husband, has an account which will keep track of which lessons have been completed plus the results of the quizzes taken. When a student first logs in, they will be given the choice of which book to work in. This screen also shows where the student left off. There is also a tab to click on to manage the student accounts if it is the parent account.
Once the student chooses the Book they are working on, they will be prompted to choose the unit they are working on. Again, the student could just click on the "Where You Left Off" tab. From here I can download the PDF pages and Jam Tracks.
The unit is laid out for the student to work their way through by reviewing each lesson and taking the quizzes where applicable.
These records can also be printed out for record keeping purposes, such as inclusion in a portfolio.
After the streamed lesson is over, Tabitha and I work together on the lesson, using the pages I printed out. I have been sneaking time here and there to work through my own lessons.
Here is Tabitha playing her first song, Steady Fred.