Pop Piano Junior Course (for 7-12 years old only)

in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™

 

Mode of coaching: one-on-one (individual)

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Lessons frequency: 1 lesson per week

Prerequisite: Zero music background | Between 7 - 12 years old only

 

Students with little to zero background can enroll to P.B.E.S™ Level 1. Students with reasonable music background (Classical grade 3 and above) 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™)

 

Course description:

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 1-to-1 in a conducive environment through fun and interactive modules.

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Upon enrolling into the Pop Piano Junior course, you will receive the following, exclusive to PBE students only:

 

1) P.B.E.S™ Student Edition Textbook (for your child's 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 (for parents)

4) Whatsapp Newsfeed (for parents)

5) Admission to PBE Club (for parents) where you can enjoy the free usage of the practice studios, discounts on musical instruments & invitations to social events including jam nights / recitals etc.

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 1

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

 

Subject: 1:1 | Note reading (I)

Subject: 1:2 | Posture and fingering

Subject: 1:3 | Play Single Note Melody

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

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

 

By the end 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.

 

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

 

- Basic right hand melody playing

- Previous classical piano background (Grade 2 and below)

- OR total zero music background required

 

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

 

- Between 2-4 months (depending on individual's progress)

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 2

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

 

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

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

 

By the end 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.

 

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

 

- Able to co-ordinate left and right hand

- Previous classical piano background (Grade 3 and above)

- Self taught playing

- Able to play with basic triads (C, F, G, etc.)

- Completion of P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Level 1 is not compulsory

 

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

 

- Between 5-9 months (depending on individual's progress)

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 3

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

 

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

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

 

By the end 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.

 

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

 

- Completion of P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Level 2

- Able to play songs in 8 beat rhythm

- Able to play most chords with 9ths

- Able to improvise with basic variations

 

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

 

- Between 5-9 months (depending on individual's progress)

Syllabus content for Pop Piano Junior Level 4

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

 

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

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

 

By the end 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.

 

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

 

- Completion of P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Level 3

- Able to play songs with basic 16 beat rhythm variations

- Able to play most chords with 7ths & 9ths

- Able to apply voice leading in improvisation

 

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

 

- Between 5-9 months (depending on individual's progress)

The option to change your child's instructor as and when necessary and should you need to do so:

 

We have lived up to our promise that we will never be offended should you make this decision.  Never.  As our primary business is providing services to the public, individuals that accept these services do have different chemistry.

 

It can be due to any reason that may not necessarily be negative, for example the differences in characteristics - whether animated or soft spoken, musical influences, language barriers or simply the matter of not being able to 'handle' children. As team instructors, we might be more concerned than you are, if you do not allow us to substitute your instructor, should another work much better for you.  There are no politics at our school, as our deep-rooted culture and belief act as reminders that it is impossible for anyone to be pleased in this world, through positive thinking.  In retrospect, this really is one of the perks of joining a music school, because you are not bound by just one instructor (should things not work out).

 

 

We want your child to play the songs he or she listens to.

 

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.

 

Out of the billions of pop songs, we 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.

 

 

As a team of instructors together, we can testify that no attitude issues are present.

 

It is a peculiar way to deliver a message to say that we are a friendly team of such, but the truth is that musicians on a more general scope, are infamously known for their eccentricity, sometimes even on an accidental and negative manner (though this is some-what controversial).

 

We are musicians and we know how our brains are wired and backed by numerous scientific studies and it is proven that we think differently.  However so, we want to highlight that this is no excuse for musicians to behave with such attitude.  We cannot deny still that on a certain level, we are displaying a certain preconception towards such 'musicians' as well.  We can confidently say that over the past 15 years, we have grown, not just as a business but in the way that we think.  There is always the saying that it is a different 'ball-game' when it comes to teaching and, in our opinion, that 'ball-game' is not just merely a casual term to use and so we have taken it to another level.  We have trained within ourselves, the important of developing good people and team work skills.  To an extent, we have studied it and implemented it at PBE and we believe that it is the key to success, in almost whatever you choose to do in life and not just in teaching music - for example, in order to understand our students, their goals and their life-styles. To a certain extent, we must also know when it does or does not matter, if the student practices at all.  Our students are our direct customers and as service providers, we are accustomed to adapting our mode of delivery to suit our customer's needs.

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