Beginning Class Piano  |  Grades 4-12

If you’re interested in piano lessons but aren’t ready to take the plunge into individual lessons, give beginning class piano a try! Students will have a unique opportunity to get both individualized and group instruction during each class. Fun group and individual games and activities will also be used to keep students engaged and to help them learn and solidify their notes and rhythms. By the end of the semester students should be able to:
o   Read one octave on the treble clef and one octave on the bass clef
o   Read basic rhythms: whole, half, dotted half, quarter, dotted quarter, and quarter rest
o   Play with proper posture and hand position
o   Play one-handed music in both the treble and bass clefs,
o   Play intervals of a 2nd and 3rd (play two notes at the same time)
o   Learn basic markings: piano, forte, mezzo forte, slurs, legato, tied notes, 2nd and 3rd intervals, melodic and harmonic intervals, and repeat sign

The semester will conclude with a mini-recital the last day of class. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend!

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Class: Beginning Group Piano
Grades: 4-12
Tutor: Jen Perdue
Fall Semester: September 7 – December 7, 2016
Time: Wednesdays from 10:45-11:45am
Cost: $180
Class Size: Must have a minimum of 4 students registered by August 1, 2016
Materials: Piano or keyboard at home for practicing. Keyboard rental available for $20 per semester, if needed. Alfred series: $6 – $8 for the book.

Perdue200Jen Perdue is an experienced and licensed music teacher with a bachelor’s degree in K–12 music education from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. Jen’s passion for the arts started young. As a child, she was involved in church music productions. In high school and college she participated in choir, band, orchestra, dance, musical theater, and opera productions and also performed and led worship in several churches. After college, Jen became the assistant worship leader at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville. There she worked with the adult Sanctuary Choir, Contemporary Worship Choir, and Youth Choir as well as led worship. Jen left her position at Berean in 2011 to expand her private music studio and to pursue other musical opportunities, such as founding TCHA in 2013 and starting the Clara Bella girls’ choir. As a former homeschooler herself, Jen is thrilled that homeschoolers today are given arts opportunities that weren’t available to her when she was in school. Jen lives in Burnsville with her wonderful husband, Chris, and their adorable and energetic daughter Adalynn (Addie). In her spare time, Jen loves singing Disney and Broadway tunes around the house at the top of her lungs, gardening, working on house projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Wednesday, August 31 – Registration deadline

Wednesday, September 7 – First day of class!

Wednesday, November 23 – No TCHA classes. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, December 7 – Last day of class will include a piano recital

TCHA has enlisted the services of Active Network for our online registration. If you have run any charitable marathons you are probably familiar with Active Network. They have expanded beyond marathon registration to camps and classes, which is the specific service we use.

When you click any type of “register” button on the TCHA website, you will be redirected to our page within the Active Network. Here will find a list of our current classes.  Use the filters in the left column to find a specific type of class, grade level, what time a class meets or a particular tutor. You can register one child or multiple children in multiple classes; either way, you will have one convenient and secure check out process with options to pay in full or make a partial payment.

If you have any questions about our registration process, please contact Mark Opseth, Executive Director…
Call or text: 952-221-3730

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