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Pop Piano (Junior) Course
(for children 7-12yrs old)
in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™
Mode of coaching: one-on-one (individual)
Lesson duration: 45minutes
Lessons frequency: 1 lesson per week
Prerequisite: Zero music background
Course duration: Level 1 (2-4 months*), Level 2 (6-9 months*), Level 3 (6-9 months*), Level 4 (6-9 months*) *Subject to individual's learning pace and preferences
Students with little to zero background can enroll to P.B.E.S™ Level 1. Students with reasonable music background can enroll directly to P.B.E.S™ Level 2. Click here ► for self assessment to determine your child's current P.B.E.S™ Level
Please note as well that the entire course can also be fully customized upon request (without following the P.B.E.Syllabus™)
The Pop Piano Junior course is designed specifically for children 7-12 yrs old, remodeled after our Pop Piano Improvisation course. Your child will learn the rudiments of contemporary music; skill sets that are necessary for modern musicians such as chord structures and improvisation in both solo playing and accompaniment settings. Lessons are conducted in a conducive environment through fun and interactive modules. Click here ► for course charges
Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ LEVEL 1
(For complete beginners)
By the conclusion of Level 1, your child will be able to play a few songs with both hands. They will understand melody and chords while cultivating good posture, fingerings, and coordination skills. They will also develop a sense of rhythm. They will also develop the “movable Do technique” using solfege.
Subject: 1:1 | Fundamentals of music notation
Subject: 1:2 | Posture and fingering
Subject: 1:3 | Use of the Sustain Pedal ......
Subject: 1:4 | Triads Part (I)
Subject: 1:5 | C & F major Intervals
Subject: 1:6 | G7 interval
Subject: 1:7 | Understanding broken chords
Subject: 1:8 | Movable 'Do' technique
Subject: 1:9 | Rhythm training Part 1
Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ LEVEL 2
By the conclusion of Level 2, your child will be able to read fake sheets lead melody lines and chord symbols. The skills to improvise with block and broken chords will also be developed. Aural skills in preparing for musicianship and finger independence abilities are honed in Level 2.
Subject: 2:1 | Finger independence
Subject: 2:2 | The Sustain Pedal
Subject: 2:3 | The 9th Note
Subject: 2:4 | Basics of Chord Inversions
Subject: 2:5 | Reading fake sheets with chord symbols
Subject: 2:6 | Broken Chord Techniques
Subject: 2:7 | Minor triads
Subject: 2:8 | Chromatic solfege ear training
Subject: 2:9 | Rhythm training Part 2
Subject 2:10 | Basic harmonisation
Subject: 2:11 | (Annex B) Revision of techniques accomplished in Level 1
Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ LEVEL 3
By the conclusion of Level 3, your child will be able to compose basic songs and perform basic improvisation while exploring different genres of music including Bossa Nova, Rock, and uptempo music in 16th beat rhythm.
Subject: 3:1 | Introduction to melody improvisation
Subject: 3:2 | Introduction to Bossa Nova
Subject: 3:3 | Introduction to Rock
Subject: 3:4 | Voice leading with right hand
Subject: 3:5 | Major 7th and Minor 7th chords
Subject: 3:6 | Apply voice leading
Subject: 3:7 | Playing in semi quavers
Subject: 3:8 | The 4 triads (Maj, Min, Aug and Dim)
Subject: 3:9 | Common chord progressions
Subject: 3:10 | Comping style
Subject: 3:11 | Song introduction and ending
Subject: 3:12 | Chord ear training
Subject: 3:13 | Rhythm training Part 3
Subject: 3:14 | (Annex B) Revision of techniques accomplished in Level 2
Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ LEVEL 4
By the conclusion of level 4, your child will be competent enough to play within a band setting. They will also develop various musicianship techniques such as right hand fill-ins, complex extended chord works, and basic song arrangements. The completion of the entire course will enable your child to improvise and play by ear.
Subject: 4:1 | Introduction to Easy Blues and swing
Subject: 4:2 | Extended chords
Subject: 4:3 | ii-V-I chord progressions
Subject: 4:4 | Key modulation
Subject: 4:5 | 5th and 6th note intervals
Subject: 4:6 | Advanced chord progressions
Subject: 4:7 | Advanced Comping techniques in band settings
Subject: 4:8 | Playing by ear and improvisation
Subject: 4:9 | Fillers
Subject: 4:10 | Improvising in Triplets
Subject: 4:11 | Chromatic approach notes
Subject: 4:12 | Rhythm training Part 4
Subject: 4:13 | (Annex B) Revision of techniques accomplished in Level 3
P.B.E.S™ ADVANCED (Optional):
The P.B.E.S™ advanced is a long term 1-to-1 fully tailored, private study program under an assigned advanced instructor. Students who have completed the Pop Piano Improvisation Course (P.B.E.S Level 1 to 4) can apply for this program.
Student will acquire the most advanced improvisation techniques used by musicians in the industry, learning multiple case studies of songs, both as a soloist as well as an accompanist, in a whole gamut of styles used in contemporary music worldwide. Your child will also develop the ability to improvise and play by ear at will.
Upon enrolling into the Pop Piano Improvisation course, you will receive the following, exclusive to PBE students only:
1) P.B.E.S™ Student Edition Textbook (for your current P.B.E.S™ Level)
2) P.B.E.S™ Song Excerpts Black Booklet
3) Login ID and Password for P.B.E.I.S™ Online Student Portal
4) Whatsapp Newsfeed
5) Admission to PBE Club where you can enjoy the free usage of the practice studios, discounts on musical instruments & invitations to social events including jam nights / recitals etc.
It has always been a controversial issue - should a child learn or start with Pop or Classical?
Here's the thing, we don't downplay Classical. We believe that it is the root of all music and perhaps if you have to place an importance to any of the genres, it should be the most important of all.
The problem doesn't lie with the genre itself but it’s the methodology that most Classical schools or instructors use, which is everything they heavily emphasise, except actually learning how to improvise. This is easily explained because under the guidelines of the major examination boards in London, who are apparently the more recognised, the section for aural and improvisational tests only contain a small percentage from the total passing marks. This means that you can flunk your 'playing by ear' totally and still score a distinction overall, by performing well for your examination pieces. So as to say, you may have taken 8 years to complete it, until the Classical Grade 8 examinations and never knew the chords that you were playing all along - that is really disturbing. It is analogous to say that you attained the highest grade in Japanese (for example), but you are only able to read and pronounce word for word in Japanese accurately and not able to communicate with anyone in Japanese. In our opinion, are there even any valid points to learning a new language, where music is clearly not just similar, but an exact equivalent to a language?
Your child should enjoy music and not be afraid of it. Over at PBE, we listen to what your child listens to.
Children born after the millennium are exposed to all genres of music with no limits. Thanks to Youtube, which is a good thing.
You will be amazed by how their preferences of music are discovered at young ages and how quickly they can develop interest from the sub-genres they are listening to. We don’t see children today wanting to learn ‘Mary had a little Lamb’ anymore. They know what they like, from Movie theme songs, Anime soundtracks, computer game soundtracks to music that we adults listen to as well.
Thus, It cannot be further stressed how important it is, to learn and play something that your child would prefer. Aside from the daunting drilling and Hanon finger exercises, which we cannot deny are beneficial to every pianist - ultimately your child should be playing the songs of your choice. Even your child is a complete beginner, we have a solution in place. Out of the billions of pop songs, our school have carefully filtered out the easiest songs for learning purposes. And for the more modern popular songs, we have used excerpts from sections which are easy for beginners. While your child has the opportunity to learn the songs of his or her choice, it is also our responsibility to ensure that the song is suitable for learning.