Piano lessons include learning scales, music theory, reading and writing music notation, ear-training, chords, songs and more.
Students start with posture at the piano, finger power, finger numbers, high and low sounds, and call and response. Melodies are played in both left and right hands, as well as together. Students learn to identify all the notes on the piano. Lessons include hand-over-hand warm-ups, note identification games and dictation. Student learn to sing the melodies they play, using note names, solfege, and rhythm language.
Students learn to read notes on the Grand Staff, to identify and understand rhythmic notation, and how to write the notes themselves. Students learn to improvise in different modes, beginning with the C major pentascale, or to improvise with different set rhythms that they compose themselves.
Surya uses visual, kinesthetic, vocalization and listening tools. Students learn to hear melodic patterns and rhythmic patterns and to reproduce them on the piano or on musical staff paper. Each song a student learns contains particular challenges that build the student's skill level, which in turn prepares them to learn their next song.
Surya uses the Hoffman Academy resources and Faber piano books.
Many students take Beginning Piano in conjunction with voice lessons or drum lessons.