Cindy St. Cyr

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Piano Lessons 

Kids, Teens, Adults, and Seniors

Suitable for Home School Programs

Selected text, for description purposes, were

taken from the Piano Adventures Website.

My First Piano Adventures

Ages 5 & 6

Written for ages 5 and 6, My First Piano Adventure captures the child’s playful spirit. Fun-filled songs, rhythm games, and technique activities develop beginning keyboard skills.

The Primer Level’s A, B, and C 

introduce young beginners to the keyboard, note values, and the grand staff.  Students play in C 5-finger scale patterns, develop recognition of steps and skips, and learn letter names independent of finger number. Musicianship is built through the use of dynamics and coloristic experimentation with the pedal.

  • Learn musical concepts with engaging songs

  • Build ear-training, eye-training and improvisation skills

  • Develop physical skills for expressive playing

  • Prepare for advancement to Level 1

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Primer Level

Ages 7-11

The Primer Level introduces young beginners to the keyboard, note values, and the grand staff. Students play in C 5-finger scale patterns, develop recognition of steps and skips, and learn letter names independent of finger number.

Musicianship is built through the use of dynamics and coloristic experimentation with the pedal.

  • Learn musical concepts with engaging songs

  • Build ear-training, eye-training and improvisation skills

  • Develop physical skills for expressive playing

  • After completion of the Primer Level, Students are ready to move into Level 1.

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Level 2B

Ages 7-11

Level 2B presents cross-hand arpeggios and the full major scales in the keys of C, G, and F. Use of connected pedal and a variety of repertoire keep the students musically engaged as they explore I, IV, V7 chords.

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Level 4

Ages 7-11

Level 4 stresses chord inversions, sixteenth notes, and minor keys. Attention to graceful touch and dynamics continues to focus the pianist on expression. 

Adult Piano Adventures

All-In-One Piano Course

Level 1

Adult Piano Adventures enables the adult beginner to play music for pleasure while developing musical understanding. This comprehensive, “All-In-One” book includes lessons, technique, and theory in a single volume for ease of use.

 

In Book 1, Students learn fundamentals of music notation, chord playing, and musical form. The redesigned layout improves information hierarchy, putting focus on key concepts and step-by-step learning.  

 

Online access to audio and video support is included. Two supplementary repertoire books provide the best of popular and classical music for extended learning and fun.

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Primer through Level 5

Ages 7-11

Beginning students ages 7 to 11, start at the Primer Level and progress through the eight levels of the basic edition (Primer through 5).  Students work through the correlated Lesson, Theory, Technique & Artistry, and Performance Books work together to support the whole musician.  Other supplemental books enhance students skills and enjoyment.

 

Piano Adventures is the teaching method of choice at leading university programs and music studios around the world. This student-centered approach uses analysis, creativity, and expression to develop a “musical mind and heart.” The delightful pianistic pieces, and creative theory pages, combined with an outstanding technical approach encourage practice and progress—with adventure! 

Selected text, for description purposes, were

taken from the Piano Adventures Website.

Piano Adventures

Level 1

Ages 7-11

Level 1 introduces all the notes of the grand staff, elementary chord playing, and the concept of tonic and dominant notes. Students play in varied positions, reinforcing reading skills and recognizing intervals through the 5th. Musicianship is built with the introduction of legato and staccato touches.

This level continues the interval orientation to reading across the full range of the Grand Staff. The 5-finger approach is presented here in a fresh, musically appealing way.

  • Play fun songs in many styles to reinforce musical concepts

  • Build on reading and listening skills

  • Learn secrets of technique and expression

  • Perform with artistry and confidence

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Level 3A

Ages 7-11

Level 3A introduces 3/8 and 6/8 time signatures and the triplet. Students learn the chromatic scale, the 7th, one-octave arpeggios, and explore the key of D major.

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Level 5

Ages 7-11

Level 5 continues to build musicianship with the circle of 5ths, cadences, flat key signatures, and the three forms of the minor scale. The use of octaves, arpeggios, and dynamic playing across the range of the keyboard develops pianistic skills.

Adult Piano Adventures

All-In-One Piano Course

Level 2

Adult Piano Adventures enables the adult beginner to play music for pleasure while developing musical understanding. This comprehensive, “All-In-One” book includes lessons, technique, and theory in a single volume for ease of use.

 

In Book 2, Whether the adult student has just completed Book 1 or is returning to the piano after formerly playing, great pieces await in Adult Piano Adventures Book 2. This convenient “All-In-One” volume offers carefully sequenced instruction in note reading, music theory and piano technique. Its appealing new design clearly introduces concepts such as triad inversions, 3/8 and 6/8 time signatures, 16th-note rhythms, connected pedaling, and major and minor scales, plus a special focus on chord playing with lead sheets of familiar songs.

At the completion of Adult Book 2, students are ready to move into Level 3B of Piano Adventures.

Accelerated Piano Adventures Books 1 and 2

Ages 11 and up

Accelerated Book 1 covers fundamental rhythms, all the notes of the grand staff, C position, G position. 

Accelerated Book 2 covers Major and minor pentascales, intervals through the 6th, and C, G, and F major scales. 

Students learn and develop the same skills as younger students of Piano Adventures from the Primer through Level 2B, but in a format suitable for their age group.

At the completion of Accelerated Book 2, students are ready to move into Level 3A of Piano Adventures.

At each level, Students work through the correlated Lesson, Theory, Technique & Artistry, and Performance Books work together to support the whole musician.  Other supplemental books enhance students skills and enjoyment. 

Piano Adventures

Level 2A

Ages 7-11

Level 2A introduces eighth notes and includes C, G, D and A major and minor 5- finger positions. Transposition and functional harmony skills are introduced and presented in highly musical settings. 

 

Level 2A follows Level 1 and continues an intervalic orientation to reading through a musically appealing multi-key approach.

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Level 3B

Ages 7-11

Level 3B is a fresh, dynamic update for early-intermediate students. This is the level of contrasts: fast fingerwork contrasted with sonorous tonal colors, and traditional harmonies mingled with contemporary sounds. Compositions from Dvorak, Rebikov, and Liszt are included along with new Faber originals. Concepts include the octave, A minor, E minor, and D minor scales (natural and harmonic minor), motive and sequence, all 12 major and minor triads, triad inversions, syncopation, and introduction to sixteenth notes.

Piano Adventures Player App for iPad and iPhone

Cindy uses, and encourages students to use, the NEW Piano Adventures® Player puts serious fun in the palm of your hand!  This new mobile app offers the convenience of a full MIDI player on your iPhone or iPad. The app provides easy access to interactive play-along accompaniments for the Piano Adventures method books—bringing an orchestra, jazz ensemble and rock band right to your mobile device. The user interface is elegantly designed, appropriate for all ages and instructional levels.

Interactive Features include :

  • Control tempo, parts, volume and balance

  • Keyboard view with light-up keys 

  • Score view

  • Built-in metronome 

  • Optional MIDI connection 

  • Designed for both iPad and iPhone

  • Available as a free download

  • Thirteen levels currently available (My First Piano Adventure A, B, and C, Primer, 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, Accelerated 1 and 2, Adult 1 and 2)

  • Includes three free songs per level

  • Full song libraries may be purchased for $4.99 per level

  • Easy access to video support for Adult Book 1 and 2

  • and more...