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Peery Players curriculum.
The Peery Players curriculum is
appropriate for
anybody who has taken lessons for two
years or more,
and is coming into Peery Piano for the
first time.
Or anybody who is certified out of
Essential Habits all three levels.
Peery Players has ten levels.
Each level takes approximately one year to
get through,
if you want to do the entire level.
Each level contains assignments in three
categories.
So if you went through Habits you're
already very familiar with these
categories.
They are muscular, practical and musical.
In the muscular assignments we cover
exercises and
assignments to strengthen your fingers,
but
also get you really familiar with all the
major and minor keys.
So we learn eventually all of the major
and three forms of minor scales,
triads, arpeggios, dominant seventh
chords, diminished seventh chords.
We take you through a number of muscular
exercises,
getting you familiar with every single key
that you'll be playing in.
We also cover studies and etudes, and
these are short pieces that are focusing
on a specific muscular technique.
So some will be focusing on staccato, some
will be focusing on repeated notes or
lyrical playing, and you'll have a book at
the beginning of each level.
You'll have a materials list and
have a book that you can choose whatever
study you want.
And I'll have a video example of each
study to help you be able to make your
choice.
In the practical assignments, again I will
post a level,
a materials list that shows all of the
books that you can be using in practical.
And in your practical assignments we'll
cover theory, and learning how
to use a fake book so you're learning how
to chord and sing while you play.
We'll get into ensemble and duet playing,
as well as some jazz and
improv, and focusing on your sight
reading.
In the musical category, we'll cover more
advanced repertoire covering
all periods of music, from baroque to
classical, romantic and contemporary.
So all styles will be covered, and you can
pick any pieces that you want from,
from the list of videos and learn, learn
those pieces for each level.
At the end of each level, just like in
Essential Habits, there is certification,
and I encourage you to really work towards
your certification.
At the beginning of each Peery Players
level,
there will be a list of certifications you
can go through and
see, not only what you'll be learning
throughout that level,
but exactly what you'll need to accomplish
to become Peery Certified.
You can send in videos to me throughout
the Peery Players levels either when you
have questions or you've learned a piece
and want me to fine-tune the details.
Any time you wanna send in a video, you
can, or
you can just send it in at the end, when
you're ready to Peery certify.
Within the Peery Players program, if the
student is ages five to six,
the parent needs to be very involved,
watch all the lessons,
and practice with the student, by the
student's side, every day.
Between the ages of seven to nine, the
parent, you should practice with
your child the first couple of days of
practicing, so the first one to
three days of practicing, to make sure
that they're on the right track.
And then the last few days of practicing,
you should leave your student to do the
practicing on their own
until they send in the video or go on to
the next lesson.
If the student is in grades six or above,
so about 11 and older,
they should be doing all of their lessons
by themselves.
So you can support them still by giving
them a great instrument to practice on and
a dedicated space in your home so that
they have space away from
the chaos going on within your house so
they can really focus and practice.
And also set aside time in their daily
schedule for them to practice and
be able to work on their piano assignments
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