Class Piano


Please purchase the appropriate text by the 1st class

PCL 101-102:

Keyboard Musicianship Piano for Adults Book One; 11th edition

Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1, by Lyke, Caramia, Haydon, and Chioldi; Stipes Music Publishing,  ISBN: 978-1-60904-745-0

This first-year text is designed for the college instrumental and vocal major who needs to satisfy the normal keyboard requirement.  It contains practical materials for a life-long career in music: studying scores, playing simple accompaniments, understanding keyboard harmony, reading lead sheets, realizing chord symbols, improvising and so on.  Playing solos and ensemble music with the proper technique rounds out piano study.

This widely adopted text includes eight chapters and an appendix.  It covers a full year of study in its eight chapters.  It also includes a CD with tracks prepared by Dr. Geoffrey Haydon.  Dr. Reid Alexander has selected appropriate classical repertoire and composer Professor Tony Caramia has written many new solos for this edition.  Additional solos have been composed by Dr. Lyke and Dr. Haydon.  Dr. Ronald Chioldi has been responsible for the Musicianship Acticities and Technique sections at the end of each chapter.  Dr. Lyke has added many new selections for the sight reading and harmonziation segements as well as arranging folk popular songs and ensemble pieces.

The popular songs are by noted American composers such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and others.

Students will enjoy the variety of keyboard activities and teachers will find lesson planning and testing uncomplicated.  This text is not meant to be a page by page approach, but one where the student and teacher are able to select from a variety of levels.  Suggestions for evaluation appear at the end of each chapter.

PCL 103-104:

Keyboard Musicianship: Group Piano for Adults, Book Two, 11th edition by James Lyke, Tony Caramia, Geoffrey Haydon, and Ron Chioldi; Stipes Music Publishing, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-60904-834-1

Keyboard Musicianship, Piano for Adults, Book Two provides comprehensive and diverse materials for the second-year, group-piano class, college curriculum. The materials in this book integrate repertoire and technical studies with practical piano skills such as sight-reading, score reading, and accompanying. In addition, it follows closely with the third and fourth semester college music theory course sequence by incorporating activities such as harmonization of folk and popular melodies, performance of traditional and jazz chord progressions, harmonic musical analysis, and improvisation.

The text’s eight chapters and appendices provide a wealth of diverse material. Chapters one through four are normally covered in the first semester class, with chapters five through eight covered in the second semester class. Appendices A-C provide a glossary of musical terms, fingerings for all scales and arpeggios, and supplemental holiday music and patriotic songs. In addition, each chapter contains a new, special feature that introduces students to detailed, sequential instruction in improvisation. Each exercise provides rhythmic and harmonic structures over which students are encouraged to improvise

PCL 105-106:

  • a technique handout will be dispensed in class







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