Piano Adventures Level 3A – Things to know


Top 10 things to know

Level 3A Concepts

  1. One-octave scales and their primary chords in C, G, F, and D major
  2. Interval of a 7th
  3. Cut time, 3/8 and 6/8 time
  4. Triplets
  5. Expansion of ledger lines
  6. Lead sheet for applied theory
  7. The chromatic scale
  8. One-octave arpeggios and extended hand positions
  9. Four Level 3A Technique Secrets:
    – Round-off for Phrasing
    – Relaxed Wrist for Chords
    – Rotation
    – Pedal by Ear
  10. For play-along Audio fun: pianoadventures.com/audio

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Level 3A Pedagogy Pointers

  1. The Level 2B Review (pp. 4-5) gives transfer students a quick assessment of basic theory.
  2. Musical Form Checks are throughout the books.
  3. Consider swing rhythm (p. 40) to give variety to scale practice.
  4. Discovery and Creative activities help students look, find, understand, and apply.
  5. Pedaling becomes more refined for an artistic sound.

Top 5 things to do

Level 3A Teaching Actions

  1. Begin lessons with The Ultimate Scale Warm-up (p. 8). Guide students to do a slight “round-off” (Technique Secret #1) as the hands lift to the next octave.
  2. Students enjoy playing fast! Practice fast pieces in s-l-o-w motion, then faster tempi.
  3. Memorize one piece from each unit.
  4. Transposing activities in the Lesson Book appear on pp. 13, 25, 31, and 59.
  5. After learning the D scale, use the Sightreading Book also as a “transposing book” for D major.

The best advice

Ask students what they think. Should they move on from a piece, review it for more polish, or take it just for fun. When students assess themselves, they are more involved in their own learning.