Piano Classes and Music Theory

Beginner Beethovens (ages 5-7)

This class is for young children who are brand new to piano. We make learning how to play the piano fun, and we love to vary activities to keep young learners interested and engaged!  Young children love learning with other kids too!

Activities include: 

  • Learning Good Piano Posture
  • Discovering the Musical Alphabet
  • Getting to Know the Piano
  • Getting to Know the Music Staff
  • Learning Songs in the Piano Method Book
  • Fun Exercises, Coloring, Labeling, Mazes and More in the Theory Workbook
  • Music Games
  • Rhythmic Timing and Reading
  • Melodic Sight Reading
  • Improvising Rhythms and Melodies

All students will learn a few short performance pieces by the end of the session.  This is a very small group lesson, and this session’s enrollment is limited to 4 participants.

Our Thursday, 4-5pm class is a continuation of the 10-week Fall 2021 class. We do have one opening in this class for a student with limited music experience. Please contact Beth at 310-213-5299 if you would like to join that particular class. 

Tuition: $35 materials + $195/month ($65/class)

No classes over spring break (April 4th-17th)

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Elementary Ellingtons (ages 8-12)

This fun piano class works in-tandem with Coast Music’s Introduction to Piano online course. 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
Learning the Notes on the Staff
  • Identifying Signs and Symbols
  • Learning How Music is Written
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Finding the Written Notes on the Piano
  • Observing Note Direction
  • Stepwise Motion and Intervals
  • Establishing Fluency with Note Groups

Sight Reading

  • Note Reading on Treble and Bass Clef Staves
  • Developing Fluency in Specific Note Groups

Improvisation & Composition

  • Improvising Using Specific Note Groups
  • Creating melodies and Composing Freely

This session’s enrollment is limited to 4 participants with 2 pianos and 2 teachers.

Tuition: $35 materials + $195/month ($65/class)

No classes over spring break (April 4th-17th)

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Intro to Piano (ages 12-16)

This fun piano works in-tandem with Coast Music’s Introduction to Piano online course. 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
Learning the Notes on the Staff
  • Getting to Know Elements of the Musical Staff
  • Learning How Music is Written
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Observing Note Direction
  • Stepwise Motion and Intervals
  • Establishing Fluency with Targeted Note Groups

Sight Reading

  • Note Reading on Treble and Bass Clef Staves
  • Sight 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 Various Accompaniment

This session’s enrollment is limited to 4 participants with 2 teachers on 2 pianos.

Tuition: $35 materials + $195/month ($65/class)

No classes over spring break (April 4th-17th)

Register Here

Intro to Piano (ages 12-16)

This fun piano works in-tandem with Coast Music’s Introduction to Piano online course. 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
Learning the Notes on the Staff
  • Getting to Know all the Elements of the Musical Staff
  • Learning How Music is Written
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Observing Note Direction
  • Stepwise Motion and Intervals
  • Establishing Fluency with Targeted Note Groups

Sight Reading

  • Note Reading on Treble and Bass Clef Staves
  • Sight 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 Various Accompaniment

This session’s enrollment is limited to 4 participants with 2 teachers on 2 pianos.

Tuition: $35 materials + $195/month ($65/class)

No classes over spring break (April 4th-17th)

Register Here

AP Music Theory Coming Fall 2022

Registration Opens August 1, 2022

Online Piano and Theory  Classes Resume in 2022

Thank you for your patience! We will resume our online piano classes as soon as we are able.

All online classes include weekly live meetings 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. The following courses will resume in 2022:

    • Introduction to Piano Part (15 weeks)
    • Essential Piano For Developing Musicians  (15 weeks)

Introduction to Piano:

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

  • Note Reading on Treble and Bass Clef Staves
  • Sight 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

Essential Piano For Developing Musicians:

Prerequisites: This is not a beginning piano class. We recommend 1-2 years of consistent piano or music study before taking this course. It is also recommended that 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.