Piano Keyboard Grades 7-12

This course includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction in piano/keyboard technique and music reading, as well as in conducting related research.

Performing and Creating
1-4a. Develop keyboard methods with proper hand placement, fingering, and pedal technique.
1-43b. Perform with expression a large and varied repertoire of piano literature with progressively increasing levels of difficulty.
1-5c. Perform in piano duets, and accompany other instruments/singers, demonstrating ability to play appropriately for the ensemble or combination.
1-4d. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic variations.
1-4e. Demonstrate ability to read a piano score by describing how elements of music are used, and sight-read with increasing skill.
7968f. Investigate careers in music fields.
History and Culture
1-32,7a. Study keyboard literature representative of various musical periods and styles.
3,41-3, 5,71,2b. Classify by genre, style, historical period, or culture a variety of examples.
3,41,2, 4,62

*Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

Performing and Creating
a. Develop scale, chord, and arpeggio technique.
1-3b. Learn appropriate basic keyboard theory.
3,41-3, 7,81,2, 4,5c. Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of piano music representing diverse genres and cultures by describing the uses of music and expressive devices.
1-3d. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of music’s technical vocabulary.
1-41,2,4e. Identify and explain compositional devices and techniques used to provide unity, variety, tension, and release in musical work and give examples of other works that make similar uses of those devices and techniques.
3,41,2f. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations.
3,41,2g. Evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement, or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
Aesthetic Perception
3,4,62a. Develop understanding of relationships between music, other arts, and non-arts disciplines.
3,4,612b. Explain how elements of imagination, craftsmanship, unity, variety, repetition, and contrast are used in various ways in all the arts; cite examples.
3,4,62c. Compare characteristics of two or more of the arts within a historical period or style, and cite examples from various cultures.
1, 3-7d. Discuss the significance of the arts and make artistic choices in everyday living; listen to other cultures’ and individuals’ beliefs about the arts, recognizing that people connect many aspects of life through the arts. Recognize that people tend to devalue what they do not understand.


  • Development of skill at appropriate level
  • Performance of prepared musical selections
  • Progress reports
  • Self-evaluation
  • Teacher evaluation

*Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

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