Piano and Keyboard (Beginners)

Course Description

This intensive course is suitable for absolute beginners and is taught using acoustic pianos and electronic keyboards. You will learn basic piano techniques, including 5-finger patterns and chords. You will learn simple pieces and develop music reading. In order to gain the most out of the course we recommend 15 minutes of practice at least four times a week. You will be learning how to maintain good posture and take regular breaks during each class to avoid overuse injuries.

Location: Online/Camden

Course Content

This course is a fun and inclusive introduction to learning to play pianos and keyboards. It will include:

? Knowing the layout of the keyboard
? Learning the fundamentals of good technique such as posture and hand position
? Playing simple 5-finger exercises, melodies and chords
? Reading and writing simple pitch, rhythm and time signatures
? Listening to yourself and others
? Shifting hand position between and within phrases
? Playing simple melodies and accompaniments with some independence and co-ordination of hands
? Playing in front of others with confidence

Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the ?early bird? discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through Practical activities, Peer assessment, Listening and analysis, Demonstration and discussion, Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom / OneDrive), Individual practice, Use of ILT (computers), Continuous assessment

Independent Learning

You will be expected to work independently to develop your practical keyboard skills. The focus should be on instrumental practice but may also include gaining confidence with music theory.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Qualification you will achieve

This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides financial support for some course fees, which is based on an eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk