Who should sign up for this module? Am I eligible to signup?
You are eligible for this module if you have:
i) No knowledge of music or keyboard playing
ii) Always wanted to learn how to play with notation.
*Should you have prior playing experience, use the Online Course Allocator to identify the module most suitable for you.
NOTE: Should Believer Music Coaches find any student mismatched in any particular module, we reserve the right to transfer the student to another class after the first session to optimize the learning experience.
Is there an age limit?
We accept registrations from ages 10 to 50+. We will channel students to classes of compatible age groups whenever possible.
What will be covered during the 22 weeks?
For this level, our main objective is to equip you with note reading ability and be able to play Trinity Guildhall Electronic Keyboard Exams – Initial Grade pieces with ease. As opposed to the conventional teaching on note-reading method, we will focus on the foundational concepts of music. Besides note-reading, a fusion of contemporary chord playing methodology will be covered.
This level targets to improve playing dexterity. It includes certain notes in the bass clef covered in the Trinity Guildhall Initial Grade. Secondly, instead of using the keyboard arpeggio functions, actual arpeggio drill exercises are covered. Thirdly, pieces will be played together with the backing tracks provided to emulate the feel of playing with a band. It will help students pay close attention to musical details such as tempo and dynamics.
Do I need any musical experience at all?
Initial is designed with the total beginner in mind, bringing hope to individuals who never thought it would be possible to play the keyboard using note reading & chords. It has been structured carefully to impart and strengthen the musical foundations of playing the keyboard from an elementary level. With the supervision of our dedicated coaches, you will be competent to apply the fundamentals of music during your leisure time.
Do I need to know how to read musical notation before attending the training sessions?
No knowledge of music notation is required at all. We will guide you on understanding the fundamentals of musical notation.
I have some experience with the classical piano in the past. Is this program suitable for me?
If you have obtained ABRSM Pre-Grade, you may join Grade 1 of our Keyboard Academy. You may also contact us to schedule a no-obligation assessment with our coaches. We will channel you to a suitable level.
What is the difference between an acoustic piano and an electric/digital piano?
Both the acoustic piano and electric piano use what is known as weighted keys so they are, in fact, very similar. However, the "touch" of these keys may vary as the acoustic piano keys generally require greater skill in handling especially if you wish to control the volume of the sound. The electric piano on the other hand offers you the option of turning the volume low if you wish to practice quietly or even silently at night, using headphones. The keys are slightly lighter in touch so making it easier for the beginner to handle. You will also have other instrument sounds and functions on the electric piano you can use, besides the piano sound. There is also no need for tuning maintenance, which is required for the acoustic piano.
However, if you’re looking towards sitting for examinations under Trinity Guildhall, an electronic keyboard of at least 5 octaves (61 keys) will be required. Skill in the use of keyboard functions will be taught during the course.
Is this examinable?
This is a leisure course. However, certifications by Trinity Guildhall (Electronic Keyboard) are obtainable after completion.
Why a Trinity Electronic Keyboard Exam?
Trinity College London Electronic Keyboard exams have been designed to develop creative, confident and skilled musicians through:
-Choice and flexibility in the structure of the exam so candidates can express their individuality.
-A range of exciting repertoire, specially composed or arranged for each exam.
-Options to include elements of improvisation or own interpretation.
-Exercises designed to develop important skills and techniques for the modern electronic keyboard player.
Is it FUN?
Music has the power to affect our emotions and the way we see things. As you begin this journey, you will begin to get excited about expressing yourself in a new way! In addition, all sessions are conducted in a class setting so you will get to meet people of the same learning passion pursuing the same skill together with you! Our coaches also ensure you get personal attention in the midst of coaching the class as a group. We encourage you to come with an open mind and experience music with us!