Piano Adventures Level 2B – Things to know


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Level 2B Concepts

  1. A reading system that builds on scale patterns, intervals,and I, IV, and V7 chords
  2. New rhythm pattern:
  3. Keys of C, G,and F tonic, dominant, leading tone
  4. Cross-hand arpeggios
  5. Musical form: A B and A B A
  6. Connected pedaling
  7. Lead sheet for applied theory
  8. Intervals of a 6th, 1st and 2nd endings, a tempo, D.C. al Fine, eighth rest, accidentals, and pianissimo
  9. Four Level 2B Technique Secrets:
    – Good Posture
    – Rounded Hand Shape
    – Firm Fingertips
    – Arm Weight
    – Correct Thumb Position
  10. For play-along Audio fun: pianoadventures.com/audio

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Level 2B Pedagogy Pointers

  1. Learning ledger line Low C and ledger line High C allows for slow arcs or quick leaps across the keys.
  2. Chord analysis expands with major and minor cross-hand arpeggios.
  3. The Ultimate Scale Warm-up offers built-in repetition—5 times up the keys! (Lesson Bk. pp. 21, 29, 59)
  4. Teacher duets are still offered at 2B.
  5. I, IV, and V7 chords open up various accompaniment patterns, as well as harmonization.

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Level 2B Teaching Actions

  1. Begin lessons with cross-hand arpeggios on the tonic I, the dominant V, then tonic I.
    Ex. Key of C: Cross-hand arpeggio on C
    Cross-hand arpeggio on G
    Cross-hand arpeggio on C
  2. Consider three types of pieces for weekly practice: New, Review, and Just for fun. Let students choose the last category.
  3. Demonstrate 2B pieces for students as a model for expressive musicianship.
  4. Level 2B transposition broadens outside a 5-finger position with the full major scale.(Lesson Bk. pp. 31, 35, etc.)
  5. Keep students sightreading! Consider the 2B Sightreading Book with Sightreading Coach.

The best advice

Have students memorize CG, and F scales and primary chords. Create your own variations for the “Ultimate Scale Warm-up.” Try dotted rhythms, all staccato and piano, L.H. legato and R.H. staccato, etc. (Lesson Bk. pp. 21, 29, 59)