Beginning Keyboards

Levels and Classes

There are two levels of beginning keyboards. After completing both levels, students may decide to continue study of the piano with a private teacher.

Ages

Keyboard students need to be a minimum of 8 yrs old by the time the semester starts.

Class Size

The keyboard classes hold 5-10 students. If the class does not enroll at least 5 students, the class will be cancelled. If more than 10 students enroll, a wait list will be formed.

Prerequisites

Our group beginning keyboard classes are NOT meant to replace private lessons! If you are already taking private lessons in piano, you should not sign up for these group classes. 


The group keyboard classes are meant to be a brand new introduction to playing the keyboard. FAYM only offers two levels of keyboards. When a student has completed the offered levels of FAYM keyboard classes, if the student wants to continue the study of piano, he/she should seek out a private instructor for continuing study.

This class is not meant to be a comprehensive piano course. The goal of this class is to introduce the student to music through the keyboard. Five-octave keyboards (not pianos) are used in class. At the completion of this course, students can choose to pursue piano further through private lessons, or to continue their study of music through a different instrument.

Keep in mind that if a student wants to continue the study of piano with a private teacher beyond these two levels, a 5-octave keyboard would not be an appropriate instrument. Many piano teachers will not accept piano students without an instrument with a full 88 key instrument.

Performances

All students in keyboard classes are required to participate in the Class Showcase at the end of the semester.

Required Books and Materials

Students must have a piano or keyboard with full-size keys at home for practice. Miniature sized keys are not appropriate. An acoustic piano, digital piano, or electric keyboard are all sufficient for this keyboarding class.

Students do not have to bring an instrument to class - 5 octave keyboards will be provided.

Students must provide their own book, metronome, tuner, and pencil.

The required book is (Book TBA).

Where to Get Instruments and Supplies

Online book sources: SheetMusicPlus.com, Amazon, J.W.Pepper.

Music stores, such as KBI and Music and Arts may also carry the books, but won't have keyboards.

If you don't already have an acoustic or digital piano, there are many for sale on Craiglist or FB Marketplace. Unfortunately, you won't find keyboards at music stores because they are more toys than real musical instruments. Instead, look in places like Walmart, toy stores, Amazon, etc.