Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 10+
  • 45 mins.

Class Objectives

  • How to improve your practice routine
  • Warm ups and finger exercises for piano
  • Piano scales for beginners
  • Effective chord exercises
  • How to play arpeggios

Requirements

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home - The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users

  • A tablet or smartphone if you’re on-the-go - The TakeLessons app (for Android or iPhone) is required for smartphone users

  • A built-in or external webcam

Description

It’s often said that practice makes perfect, and when it comes to playing the piano, this statement couldn’t be truer! Join this online piano class to learn how to enhance your piano practice sessions like never before. You’ll get the most out of your daily practice routine by learning multiple effective methods to improve your skills.

This class is perfect for beginning pianists who are ready to take their musicianship to the next level. An expert instructor will teach a variety of important piano exercises for beginners to add to their repertoire. Students will also learn about arpeggios, chords, and scales! Here are some more of the topics we’ll cover in this fun and interactive, group class.

Finger Exercises for Piano

Proper technique will be key when you start learning how to play your favorite songs on the piano, especially when it comes to forming your hands over the keys. Having control over your hands and fingers will enable you to play faster, more accurately, and make you an overall better pianist.

The warm ups that you’ll learn in this class will help you understand the do’s and don’ts of proper playing posture. Your instructor will start out by demonstrating basic techniques before advancing to more complex ones, so you’ll learn at a gradual and easy-to-follow pace.

He’ll teach the class several piano finger exercises, including Hanon exercises, that will help you build up the dexterity, flexibility, and strength you need to smoothly press down on the right keys at the right time.

You’ll learn how to practice different combinations of your fingers, how to develop finger independence, and how to play with both hands at the same time. Practicing this way will prepare you, physically and mentally, to tackle challenging or complex sections of any new song that you try to learn.

No matter how many years you’ve been playing, these kinds of piano exercises are always beneficial to your practice routine. Just like an athlete stretches before playing a sport, every pianist should warm up their fingers to get limber before attempting a new composition!

Piano Scales for Beginners

Scales are the building blocks of all music; almost any song that you can play comes from a scale, so these exercises should definitely be a part of your practice routine! The better you get at playing scales, the more equipped you’ll be to play more notes and new songs. Learning scales will also turn you into a pro at building chords!

In this class, your expert instructor will show you how to play the major scale in various keys. He’ll teach you all about what a scale is, how it works, and the different finger patterns you can use for each of the major scales. As he demonstrates the different scales, you’ll have the chance to play along simultaneously and receive instant feedback.

Get ready to challenge yourself to do tricky finger crossovers with both of your hands - a technique that is needed to play certain scales. You’ll also learn about the obscure scale, which is not as popular as major scales, but still makes for excellent practice outside of class! As you continue to practice scales, you’ll begin to memorize which fingers you need to use and where.

Are scales difficult to learn? The answer depends. Scales are fairly easy when played with one hand at a time, but the real challenge is trying to play with both hands simultaneously. This skill will take a few weeks for the average beginner to accomplish, but with consistent practice anything is possible!

Chords and Arpeggios

Another way to improve your piano playing skills is to spend some time working on chords and arpeggios. Chords are when you play three or more notes at a time with one hand. If you don’t know how to play chords already, this class is an excellent place to learn!

Alongside other students at your level, you’ll learn what a basic chord shape looks like starting off with C major. Helpful piano exercises will teach you how to space out your fingers and before long, your hands will have “memorized” the feel of different chords.

Arpeggios will be especially beneficial when it comes to learning how to play new chords. An arpeggio is when the individual notes of a chord are played one at a time, one after the other. Your instructor will cover this technique in class as well. Mastering arpeggios will make playing chords much easier for you in the future!

Have a question along the way? Don’t hesitate to raise your hand and ask your expert instructor. This group class setting makes for a very interactive and supportive learning environment.

In addition to learning how to play C major across multiple keys, you’ll learn about chord inversions and how to incorporate sharps and flats. A good song that will help you put all you’ve learned into practice is “Lean on me” by Bill Withers. Try it on your own after class for even more practice!

Each of these topics, from finger exercises to arpeggios, will help you improve your piano practice routine. But if you’ve already mastered one of these concepts, don’t let that stop you from attending this flexible and unique class!

Before beginning to cover any material, your instructor will be sure to get to know each student’s background. He will then cater the lesson plan to meet those students’ needs. So no matter where you’re at in your progress, you’re welcome to join in and practice your piano skills!

Teachers

To provide the greatest availability of start dates we have assigned multiple teachers to this class. All teachers will cover the same class material however their teaching styles may vary.
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Phillip F.
I am a pianist and singer who started learning to play the piano at age 6, and I love teaching all students of all experience levels. Professionally, I have worked with different theater and opera companies as a lead actor and as a musician. I have also worked in many different church positions as a musician and singer. I have many years of teaching experience with piano at all experience levels.

I teach how to read music, understand the theory behind the music, and the technique needed in a patient atmosphere at the pace of the student. I also teach you how the piano works and the different types of pianos as well as the history of keyboards used for different classical music. The lessons are geared toward the goals of the student no matter what level is desired. I can't wait to work with you!
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Loretta M.
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certification in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!
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Sabrina P.
I have been teaching students for six years. People aren't intimidated when I am around and I believe students benefit greatly when they are comfortable with the teacher and can feel natural around them. The teaching process is most successful when the students share their ideas, disagreements, goals; when they are challenged and test their abilities. I can't wait to work with you!
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Denise B.
Just like a piano, flute or violin, your voice is an instrument. The purpose of voice lessons is to help you to develop a beautiful and dynamic singing voice and also to teach you to use your voice in a healthy, age-appropriate way that will keep you singing for many years to come! As your teacher, I want our class to be more than just singing through a few songs. We will always start with some combination of warm-ups for your breath, body, and voice. Just as you wouldn't go running without first stretching and warming up your muscles, you don't want to start singing full songs without first getting your body and voice warmed up.
Warm-ups will also introduce you to new techniques for properly using your voice in a healthy and beautiful way. We will also work on expression and acting. A song isn't just pretty notes—it tells a story. If it's a song from a musical, there's a specific character that sings it. It's your job as a singer to tell the story and to make it fun and exciting for the audience. While there's a lot of hard work that goes on during a class, voice classes are lots of fun! As your teacher, I am here to encourage you, support you, and guide you in your vocal studies. I look forward to working with you soon!
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Jared J.
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
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Carl S.
Dr. Carl S. is currently Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University, a position he has held since 2014. His responsibilities include directing the SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, and teaching the saxophone studio. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools.
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Zach T.
Greetings! I'm a full-time private music tutor who has taught more than 22,000 lessons in the past 15 years! I teach beginner-advanced violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano. I can't wait to work with you!

Reviews

6 Reviews
Philip understood what I am looking for and my goals. He was easy to follow and explains the lesson well.
Larissa
Mar 10, 2017
We just had our first lesson and Philip was great. Connected with my son and explained things in a very understandable way. Good balance between theory and practical exercises. Also was excellent at communicating with me prior to the lesson to learn more about my son and introduce himself.
CJ Z.
Mar 31, 2017
Phillip is a great teacher! He customizes his approach to what you need and gives you exercises to practice at home between lessons (going out of his way)!
Tori
May 31, 2017
Phillip was very patient with me, and tried to teach me everything he knew. I could sense his passion!
Charles O.
Aug 29, 2017
He knows what he's teaching and he made the lesson a lot of fun!
Caroline Z.
Sep 12, 2017
Was really anxious as an adult starting something new and different but he put my mind at ease and I have learned a lot already.
Jennifer S.
Sep 13, 2017