Piano Classes and Music Theory

Online and In-Person options coming this fall.

Piano Classes and Theory Classes

We currently offer in-person and online piano and theory classes. 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.

We will start 15-week accredited and non-accredited  piano and theory courses this fall including:

  • Introduction to Piano Part (15 weeks)
  • Essential Piano For Developing Musicians¬† (15 weeks)
  • AP Music Theory Semester 1 (15 weeks) – Private Option Only

Registration for fall programs will open August 5th.

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.

More class details and registration can be found on our:

Music Classes Page