Pianist Levels At My Studio

Posted on Dec 19, 2019 in Featured, Logistics, Planning

A minor challenge you might encounter when combining your students into a mixed age class is labeling the levels.

Different publishers label their levels in their own unique way.

In a perfect world each label would represent exactly what we expected it to represent.

And here we are – teaching piano in this imperfect world!

In order for levels to make sense to the parents, students and myself, I created new ones.

They range from beginner to early intermediate and I share them with you in order to give you an idea that will help you coordinate your students in a more cohesive way.

Take a look at Piano Pyramid repertoire to see how these levels stack up.

Pianist 4 – Early Intermediate

This is the highest level that I will keep a student in the group class, unless all students are at this level.

  • Reads all notes on treble, bass and ledger lines
  • Easily counts and plays sixteenth notes
  • Plays two octave scales hands together, all major and minor keys
  • Ready to learn to play chord inversions

Pianist 3

  • Reads all notes on treble and bass clef
  • Easily counts and plays eighth notes
  • Plays two octave scales hands separately, all major and minor keys
  • Ready to play sixteenth notes

Pianist 2

  • Is comfortable playing in C G and D Major positions, reading the notes
  • Easily counts and plays songs with eighth notes
  • Plays one octave scales hands separately, all major and minor keys
  • Ready to play hands together

Pianist 1

  • Is comfortable playing in C Major position, reading the notes
  • Easily counts and plays songs with quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes
  • Plays one octave 5 finger scales hands together, all major and minor keys
  • Beginning to play hands together

Prep Pianist

  • Is a beginning pianist, learning to read the notes
  • Learning to identify and count quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes
  • Plays one octave 5 finger scales hands separately, all major and minor keys
  • Plays mostly by rote

Click below to receive a copy of the Pianist Levels!

How have YOU organized your levels?

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