In response to COVID-19 and the need for online instruction, Kathryn Woodard has developed online lessons and classes. Marketing these to a broader student population is the next logical step for our initiative, and so we have assembled some course descriptions here. Please fill out our online class form to receive information about scheduling and to make specific requests!
For as many weeks as you like! This class functions both as an introductory literature class for piano students and a general music appreciation class for non-musicians. Each week I will select one piece by a composer to introduce, perform and analyze. Selections are chosen to represent a diverse perspective on piano music, including pieces for the new online piano exams. I will offer specific practice suggestions and information about the style and history of the work.
Exploring Modes in Music
Level 1: The class will start with a discussion of whole steps and half steps on the piano keyboard and how to build a scale. It will also include listening activities to identify the character of a piece by listening for the mode, not only major or minor but also other modes that may appear in the pieces they are learning.
Level 2: This class will build on the previous level by introducing additional scales and modes, such as the Blues scale or the Dorian and Lydian modes, and will provide examples where they appear in piano works. It will also apply the student's knowledge of scales to identifying key areas and modulations in more advanced pieces of music. While focused on piano music, the class will also provide students with the opportunity to listen to a broad array of tuning systems.
Understanding Harmony and Timbre
Level 1: This class will explore different sonorities from pieces that students are playing. Students will learn how different intervals can be used to build chords with an introduction to triads and inversions. An introduction to primary chords (I, IV, V) will follow along with examples of how they appear in familiar pieces of music.
Level 2: Building on the previous level, students will learn about seventh chords and more complex chord progressions. Students will harmonize melodies and compose their own sonorities.
Level 3: Students will continue to hone their improvisation and composition skills and share their work with others. Class discussions will include analyzing chord progressions in various styles of music.
This work is featured on ...And We Were Heard in a performance by Jacob Wallace and the South Dakota State University Wind Ensemble (also available in the audio player below)
Peruse instrumental arrangements available for purchase here
Please consider registering your piano student for our new piano exams as a means to promote global piano repertoire.
Check out the video pages for the Anthology of Turkish Piano Music:
View one of our featured titles, "Victory March" by Leyla Saz here.
And listen to the new recording of "Victory March" arranged for wind ensemble by Kathryn Woodard and performed by the South Dakota State University Wind Ensemble (Jacob Wallace, cond.) in the Audio Player below