Spring and Summer Music Classes

See Summer Programs for in-person music camps, workshops and intensives.

Online Piano Classes

All online classes include weekly live instruction over zoom with a Coast Music instructor and unlimited access to the corresponding online course. Students spend as much time as they need viewing the demonstrations in the course lessons, and they have all the resources at their fingertips. They will meet with the class instructor and 3-4 other students weekly to play for the instructor and to make adjustments as needed.

This spring we are offering two piano/theory classes:

  • Introduction to Piano Part 1 (7 weeks)
  • Essential Piano For Developing Musicians 1A (7 weeks)

The follow-up, 8-week courses will be offered this summer. Registration will open for summer piano courses soon.

Spring Piano Classes

These classes meet once a week over zoom for 7 consecutive weeks.

Introduction to Piano (Part 1):

Prerequisites: None

Description: This class includes Coast Music’s Introduction to Piano online course with a weekly zoom meetings with the course instructor. We cover topics such as:

Getting to Know the Piano Keyboard

  • Establishing Familiarity with the Instrument
  • Establishing Fluency with Note Groups
  • Exploring Various Ranges and Octaves

Getting to Know the Musical Staff

  • Learning Basic Signs & Symbols
  • Getting to Know all the Elements of the Musical Staff
  • Learning How Music is Written

Learning the Notes on the Staff

  • Exploring the Musical Alphabet
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Finding the Notes on the Piano
  • Observing Note Direction
  • Stepwise Motion and Intervals
  • Establishing Fluency with Targeted Note Groups

Sight Reading

  • Reading on Treble Clef Staff
  • Reading on the Bass Clef Staff
  • Reading on the Grand Staff
  • Developing Fluency in Specific Note Groups

Improvisation & Composition

  • Improvising Using Specific Note Groups
  • Creating melodies and Composing Freely
  • Improvising with Background Tracks

Required Materials: Piano or Electronic Keyboard, Computer with Webcam for Online Courses and Class Meetings and Flash Cards

Tuition: $265 (includes weekly instruction and unlimited access to the Introduction to Piano online course)

Register Here

Essential Piano for Developing Musicians 1A:

Prerequisites: This is not a beginning piano class. We recommend 1-2 years of consistent piano or music study before taking this course. We also recommend students complete our Introduction to Piano course before enrolling in this class. Please contact us if you need help determining whether or not this class is for you.

Description: This class includes our Essential Piano for Developing Musicians online course with a weekly zoom meeting with the course instructor. This scales and chords course is essential for all musicians, not just pianists. We cover:

  • Essential Music Theory
  • Essential Piano Technique
  • Major and Minor 5-Finger Patterns
  • Major Scales and Fingerings
  • Triads and Inversions
  • Application to Repertoire
  • Sight Reading
  • Improvisation
  • Playing By Ear
  • Repertoire Selection
  • Various Applications in Composition and More!

Required Materials: Piano or Electronic Keyboard, Computer with Webcam for Online Courses and Class Meetings, Flash Cards, Julie McIntosh Johnson’s “Basics of Keyboard Theory” Book 1 and the Repertoire Book(s) if your choice.

Tuition: $275 (includes weekly instruction and unlimited access to the Essential Piano For Developing Musicians 1 Course)

Register Here

8-Week Summer Classes

The following online classes meet once a week. Please visit our Summer Programs page for our 5-Day Summer Music Camps, Workshops and Intensives.

Introduction to Piano (Part 2):

(8-week course coming this June)

Prerequisites: Introduction to Piano Part 1 or equivalent. Students should be able to:

  • Identify basic staff elements, signs and symbols
  • Sight read simple melodies on the Grand Staff using basic 5-finger positions
  • Sight read simple rhythms in 4/4 and 3/4 time
  • Play simple melodies with hands together

Description: Students will reinforce what they learned in Introduction to Piano Course Part 1. This class focuses on fluency and development at this introductory level!This class includes Coast Music’s Introduction to Piano online course with a weekly zoom meetings with the course instructor. Students will:

Get to Know the Piano on a Deeper Level

  • Increasing Familiarity With The Instrument
  • Establishing Fluency with Note Groups
  • Exploring Various Ranges and Octaves

Expand Their Range on the Staff and Piano

  • Identifying More Notes with Increased Speed and Fluency
  • Observing Note Direction, Stepwise Motion and Intervals with More Ease
  • Establishing Fluency with Targeted Note Groups

Sight Read and Select Repertoire

  • More Developed Reading on the Grand Staff
  • Increased Fluency in Sight Reading at this Level
  • Selecting and Performing Repertoire at this Level

Develop Improvisation & Composition Skills

  • More Improvisation Using More Key Centers
  • Creating Melodies and Composing Freely

Required Materials: Piano or Electronic Keyboard, Computer with Webcam for Online Courses and Class Meetings and Flash Cards

Tuition: $300 (includes weekly instruction and unlimited access to the Introduction to Piano online course)

Registration Coming Soon!

Essential Piano for Developing Musicians 1B:

(8-week course coming this June)

Prerequisites: This is not a beginning piano class. Students must complete Essential Piano for Developing Musicians 1A (7 week course) or equivalent before enrolling in this class.

Description: This class includes our Essential Piano for Developing Musicians online course with a weekly zoom meeting with the course instructor. This scales and chords course is essential for all musicians, not just pianists. We cover:

  • Essential Music Theory
  • Essential Piano Technique
  • Major and Minor 5-Finger Patterns in remaining keys
  • Major Scales and Fingerings in all remaining keys
  • Triads and Inversions in all remaining keys
  • Application to Repertoire
  • Sight Reading incorporating an increased vocabulary
  • Improvisation
  • Playing By Ear
  • Repertoire Selection
  • Various Applications in Composition and More!

Required Materials: Piano or Electronic Keyboard, Computer with Webcam for Online Courses and Class Meetings, Flash Cards, Julie McIntosh Johnson’s “Basics of Keyboard Theory” Book 2 and the Repertoire Book(s) if your choice.

Tuition: $300 (includes weekly instruction and unlimited access to the Essential Piano For Developing Musicians 1 Course)

Registration Coming Soon!

In-Person Classes

We currently offer in-person band and summer programs. Weekly in-person classes will resume in Fall 2021.