Piano for Producers: Level I, is an introductory course to the fundamentals of music theory and piano performance. The course aims to teach students with little to no previous formal musical training how to understand the basics of harmony, and how to develop basic keyboard skills that are essential for producers. Over the course of eight weeks, the class will learn major scales, triads, seventh chords, how to read notation, rhythm, and submit a composition.
PFP101 – Anatomy
Explore the anatomy of the keyboard, learn note names, sharps and flats, reading in C position, examine basic music notation, C and G major scales.
PFP102 – Triads
Learn major and minor triad formulas, practice playing simple progressions on classroom keyboards, D and A major scales.
PFP103 – Inversions
Understanding chord inversions, practice chord progressions using faster techniques, E and B major scales, begin composition project.
PFP104 – Chord Colors
Explore triad chord colors and non-chord tones, practice new chords in different keys, F and Bb major scales, learn how to notate compositions.
PFP105 – Natural Minor
Learn natural minor scales, assemble seventh chords in different keys, understand the theory for how larger chords are composed.
PFP106 – Tonal Similarity
Understand the circle of fifths and how keys are related, learn how a relative minor shares the same collection of notes with a major key, understanding what it means for keys to have tonal similarity and how to identify scales and chords that are highly compatible, class workshop on compositions.
PFP107 – Intro to Diatonicism
Overview of the diatonic chords and how to determine which chords are in the same key, develop more compositional tools using the ditonic scale, expand chord vocabulary by exploring major and minor ninth chords.
PFP108 – Final
Students perform their composition projects on their keyboard, compositions are submitted in written notated form, concepts are reviewed, in class deconstruction and analysis of suggested songs.