SAPPA Music Workshop brings age appropriate general musical instruction to students (ages 7 through 18) that is consistent with the basic components articulated in the standard arts frameworks of the California Public Schools: aesthetic perception (perceptual and conceptual development), creative expression (musical skills development) musical heritage (historical and cultural) and aesthetic valuing
The goals of our program is to develop the children's understanding and appreciation of music through their participation in playing musical instruments, singing, interpreting basic musical notation, developing skills of “active listening” to various forms of music and participating in special performance and video projects. To accomplish these goals the SAPPA instructors teach weekly group music classes that allow students to participate in age-appropriate musical activities. The classes deliver the basic concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, tempo, dynamics, expression, reading and writing musical notation and the joy of musical creation.
Group piano classes are offered to build a foundation of music theory and the basic concepts of reading music. Each student Is provided with their own keyboard to use for class. Students will learn the basics of the instrument and skills like fingering, rhythm, timing, tempos, and dynamics by doing exercises and playing songs. Intermediate students will take their learning to the next level with more complex techniques and by learning piano pieces in different keys.
To take these classes students are required to have a keyboard at home so they can practice between classes. Home piano practice is essential to learning piano and to facilitate this students are given a monthly "Practice Calendar" so that they can record the minutes they practice each day at home during the week.
Class 1 is the entry level class reserved for first time piano students who have not played before. They will learn the basics of finger position in the key of C and play simple exercises and melodies. A student is welcomed to repeat this class if they or the teacher feels they need more beginning level work before moving on.
Class 2 is for those who have taken the Level 1 class or have already had a little experience playing piano. This class will pick up where Level 1 left off, review previously learned concepts and exercises, and go on to more challenging exercises and songs.
Class 3 is the next level for students who have taken several class and have more experience. We will review all previously learn music and go on to start working on some easy Intermediate level music and concepts. This is for students who are confident about their playing and want new challenges.
Class 4 is for those students who have had more experience (at least 2 years of piano) and can play more difficult music. We explore music in different keys (C, G, and F) the pieces and exercises will be the most challenging of all the classes.
Facilitator: Bob Lesoine
A music educator with 25 years of classroom teaching experience. He is heading up the SAPPA Music workshop program. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, San Francisco State College, Master's Degree in Education, Cal. State L.A.