The piano is an important part of learning about
music theory and exploring music notation/sequencing programs. Although students
are able to undertake either topic without prior piano knowledge, the entire
process is simplified through the use of at least minimal piano skills.
(Please note: "piano" refers to an electronic keyboard with weighted keys
or touch-sensitive key capabilities, as well).
- Students are introduced to both the treble and bass clefs at virtually
the same time, placing them ahead of other musicians who only utilize one
- The concept of half and whole steps are visually apparent on the piano.
(White to adjacent black keys, black to adjacent white keys, or two adjacent
white keys with no black note in between equal a half step). Scales and
modes also become much clearer when seeing and performing them directly on
- Listening aspects of theory (intervals, chords,etc.) are supplemented
through the actual playing of them on a piano, seeing them, and immediately
- Notation and sequencing programs work considerably faster and, arguably,
more easily when inputting from a piano keyboard.
- Compositional assignments are very difficult to accomplish without
the use of a piano, particularly when one wants to hear them performed (unless
using a computer program).
- Four of the MENC Achievement Standards can be met through piano performance:
on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
#3. Improvising melodies, variations,
#4. Composing and arranging
music within specified guidelines.
#5. Reading and notating music.