The Kenwood Piano Lab

About the keyboards....

The piano lab has seventeen student keyboards, which are designed specifically to accommodate two students per keyboard. A divider on the keyboard provides each student with an identical two-octave keyboard. Different modes allow students to work individually or with their partner and each student has their own volume and timbre controls. There is also a mode, which allows the keyboard to function as a full five- octave keyboard.
Each keyboard has two “enter” buttons (one for each student) for responding to questions and a voice chip that provides each student with immediate and positive feedback when responding to questions.

About the curriculum...

The curriculum developed for the Yamaha MIE piano lab covers lesson planning, instructional activities, evaluation and record keeping. The curriculum supports the district and national standards for performing, creating and responding to music. The lessons are grouped around a musical concept and/or skill and are planned sequentially. Students sing, play, discuss and listen using the new concept and then apply that concept in individual and group creative activities. At Kenwood we have also added a component that allows students to develop their ability to play “by ear” using songs we are singing in the classroom.

How we use the piano lab at Kenwood...

All students, kindergarten through fifth grade, will spend time in the piano lab as a part of their music specialist time. We divide our time between the music classroom, where we sing, dance and play instruments, with the piano lab. Kindergarten students will begin to use the piano lab after winter break.

If your son or daughter is currently studying piano or another instrument...

Students who are currently taking piano lessons or lesson on another instrument are invited to bring photocopies of their music to leave in the piano lab. At an appropriate time in the lesson, students may work on any material they have brought to the lab. In addition, there is a small library of alternative repertoire kept in the lab. Each lesson also has an advanced component for students who are ready to move on during the lesson.

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