A                approach ...

At the Alva studio, we want the student to stay motivated. The idea is to promote the growth by fixing goals. The program consist of many level or "Certificate of achievement". Each certificate of achievement is earned by the student whom complete all the tasks associated with a specific certificate. This will provide motivation and will develop the student skill more rapidly.

Sleepee Head

This song is the first in the serie of many certificates. This will provide understanding about 1/8 notes and will develop the student ability to play with both hand.

 

Written by Daniel Courteau

3/4 signature

Genre : classical

$60

The first certificate cost $60 and include the examination by the teacher, a nice cettificate and a photo taken with the student sitting at the Grand Piano.

What you need to know for your first certificate.

Exercise #1

Two fingers walk.

 

Metronome set around  110-120

Left hand

Starting on C using fingers 5 and 4, the student walk the keys on two octaves going up and then down LEGATO

then walk the keys again on two octaves going up and down STACCATO.

Right hand.

Starting on C using fingers 4 and 5, the student walk the keys on two octaves going up and then down LEGATO

then walk the keys again on two octaves going up and down STACCATO.

Exercise #2

The two fingers melody.

 

Metronome set around  110-120

Left hand playing the 5 4 5 4 pattern.

LEGATO

Then play again STACCATO.

Right hand playing 4 5 4 5 pattern.

LEGATO

Then play again STACCATO.

Left hand playing the 4 5 4 5 pattern.

LEGATO

Then play again STACCATO.

Right hand playing 5 4 5 4 pattern.

LEGATO

Then play again STACCATO.

Exercise #3

 

The 4 fingers exercise.

 

Metronome set at 110-120.

 

8 times for each key.

Left hand first.

Starting with key of C going up, the student play the first 4 notes of each major scale from the white keys only.

C, D, E, F, G, A, B.

Right hand.

Starting with key of C going down, the student play the last 4 notes of each major scale from the white keys only.

C, B, A, G F, E, D.

Must use the exact same fingering used when playing the corresponding scale.

Exercise #4

 

The major scales.

Metronome set at 110-120.

4 times for each key.

Payed one hand at a time starting with the left hand then the right hand.

C, D, E, F, G, A, B

Exercise #5

 

The extensions.

Metronome set at 110-120.

4 times for each key.

Payed one hand at a time starting with the left.

 

Scale C up only, 4 times then

Scale C down only, 4 times

Then do the same for all the other scales 

D, E, F, G, A, B.

Then switch to the right hand and do the same pattern.

Exercise #6

 

The triads (Broken chords).

Metronome set at 100-110. Time signature 3/4.

4 times for each broken chord.

C minor broken chord followed by C Major broken chord.

D minor broken chord followed by D Major broken chord.

E minor broken chord followed by E Major broken chord.

E minor broken chord followed by F Major broken chord.

G minor broken chord followed by G Major broken chord.

A minor broken chord followed by A Major broken chord.

B minor broken chord followed by B Major broken chord.

Then reversing the pattern down to the C minor.

Exercise #7

 

Sight reading.

The student will be ask to read a score sheet that he/she never saw before. The student will have 30 seconds to look at the score sheet and then will have to play it.

Exercise #8

 

Practical Theory quiz.

The student will be ask verbal questions regarding theory learned from the "Practical Theory book" by Sandy Feldstein.

The grand Finally

 

Playing Sleepee Head, Moderato (108-120).

Remittance of the Certificate Level 1.

Photo session.

Certificate of achievement Level 1

Sweet Sea

Written by Daniel Courteau

3/4 signature

Genre : classical

$60

Certificate of achievement #2

Create a souvenir that will last for ever !

When a student has completed a Certificate of achievement, we can produce in our studio a high quality movie of his/her performance. This will be a souvenir of great value.

$150

This include​

  • High quality MP3 Audio recording that will be delivered to your email, so you can play it on any device of your choice.

  • Student filmed playing on a beautiful 7 foot Grand Piano.

  • Download on your Youtube channel and our Youtube channel so all you friends and family can enjoy it.

  • Copy on a DVD.

Disclaimer

This production will be co-owned by the Student or legal guardian and by the Video producer.

Learn the piano and more in a real studio environment.

With many years of experience in songwriting, song recording, teaching and video production, I will teach you or your child a different approach to music, rhythm and why is it so important to learn scales and other exercises before starting to learn how to play a piece of piano.

 

A lot of teaching is based on learning to play a song like a minuet or a  basic starter song before developping skill in performing specific tasks. 

 

My approach put emphasis on dexterity and rhythm. Once this has been developed by the student, then it become much easier and pleasant to learn more complicated piece.

THE TEACHER

THE STUDIO

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