Touch typing is an essential skill for life. And research tells us that typing skills foster skill development in writing, spelling and even grammar – extending to all areas of education and learning.
Manual dexterity is also the essence of playing tunes on a piano keyboard. You need strong, flexible fingers, and to be able to use both hands simultaneously!
1) Touch typing on a computer keyboard
Students will be taught correct hand and body posture, learning which fingers control which keys on the keyboard. We will use an online program which can be continued at home between sessions. Each child will work at their own speed, progressing at their own rate. We’ll aim to cover the use of all fingers and all keys on the keyboard by the end of the 8 weeks.
2) Introduction to playing tunes and chords on a piano keyboard
Starting with nursery rhymes, students will learn to play simple tunes. They will develop their musical memories in remembering the tunes, and also learn to recognise the same tunes in musical notation. We will read and play rhythms as a group and learn the note names on the musical stave. And we’ll play note identification games as a group on a giant floor keyboard!
2 hours per week for 8 weeks in Term 3
5 - 12 year olds
Mondays 1 - 3pm