Fundamentals

Here are some of the music fundamentals taught in Your Time to Play:

  • Introducing the music staff
  • Measures and bar lines
  • The time signature
  • Beginning hand positions
  • Rests
  • Notes on the treble and bass staves
  • Duration to the eighth
  • Dotted notes
  • Dynamic symbols
  • Intervals
  • Key signatures
  • Musical phrasing
  • The diatonic scale
  • Building major scales
  • Intervals of the major scale
  • Meter including compound and irregular times
  • Note stem direction
  • Leger notes
  • The elements of music
  • The science of sound
  • About the piano
  • Sharps, flats and naturals
  • Half and whole steps
  • Musical terms
  • Grace notes
  • 1st & 2nd endings, repeat bars
  • Triads of the major scale
  • The metronome
  • Italian terms
  • Composition analysis
  • Preparing for performance