Lessons 81–100

Piano Unit 5

Lesson 81 Ode to Joy

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn to play the ‘Ode to Joy’ theme, from Beethoven's 9th Symphony
  • New rhythm: dotted quarter note and flagged eighth note
  • Learn to play the B section of the ‘Ode to Joy’ theme.

Lesson 82 Staff Guide Notes

What You’ll Learn

  • Review the 7 Guide Notes of the grand staff
  • Practice finding the Guide Notes on the piano

Lesson 83 Ode to Joy: Hands Together

What You’ll Learn

  • Overview of how to play the left hand part of ‘Ode to Joy’
  • How to play hands together

Lesson 84 Guide Notes Challenge

What You’ll Learn

  • Use the Guide Notes to practice sight reading and playing short 3-note patterns

Lesson 85 A Major & Minor Pentascales

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn to find and play the A major and A minor pentascales using the Finger Power exercise ‘Stepping and Skipping’
  • Review how to play the V7 chord

Lesson 86 Honeybee

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn to play ‘Honeybee’ using the right hand in the A major pentascale

Lesson 87 Improvisation with Phrases

What You’ll Learn

  • Review the meaning of a musical ‘phrase’
  • Learn to improvise using Question and Answer Phrases

Lesson 88 Honeybee: Left Hand

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the bass clef part for Honeybee
  • How to read upper ledger line notes in the bass staff

Lesson 89 Sight Reading Challenge

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice reading musical notation and playing on the piano ‘by sight’ using Sight Reading Challenge Cards!

Lesson 90 Honeybee: Hands Together

What You’ll Learn

  • How to combine the right hand and left hand parts of ‘Honeybee’ to play hands together
  • Review of similar and contrary motion

Lesson 91 Half Steps, Whole Steps, & Pentascales

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice identifying half steps and whole steps on the piano keyboard
  • Review all major and minor pentascales learned to this point

Lesson 92 I Hear the Mill Wheel

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the Canadian folk song ‘I Hear the Mill Wheel’
  • Review rhythm: ti-tiki

Lesson 93 Composing with a Haiku

What You’ll Learn

  • How to compose original music for piano using a poem as a starting point

Lesson 94 I Hear the Mill Wheel: B Section

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn to play the B section of ‘I Hear the Mill Wheel’
  • New musical symbol: Fermata

Lesson 95 Rhythm Challenge

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice various rhythmic patterns with a fun drum loop
  • Practice dictating rhythms

Lesson 96 Yankee Doodle

What You’ll Learn

  • Help Mr. Hoffman fill in the missing notes of ‘Yankee Doodle’
  • Learn to play ‘Yankee Doodle’
  • Learn how to play the B section of ‘Yankee Doodle’
  • Review dotted-eighth/sixteenth note rhythm

Lesson 97 Improvisation in A Blues

What You’ll Learn

  • How to play the A blues scale
  • Practice improvising using A blues over a jazzy accompaniment
  • NOTE: If you are using the Complete Materials, the notes are incorrect on the funsheet for this lesson (A, C, C#, D, E). The notes in the video are correct (A, C, D, D#, E). Sorry about that!

Lesson 98 Bagpipe

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn to play ‘Bagpipe’ for both hands together

Lesson 99 Melodic Dictation

What You’ll Learn

  • Practice dictating simple melodies by ear on the staff

Lesson 100 La Cinquantaine

What You’ll Learn

  • New terms: Duet, Primo, and Secondo
  • Introduction to ‘La Cinquataine’
  • How to play the Primo part of ‘La Cinquantaine’
  • Learn how to play the Secondo part of ‘La Cinquantaine’