Two months really flies by when you’re having fun! And what a crazy two months it has been! However, as EDTC300 comes to a close so does my learning project, just kidding! I have enjoyed learning piano so much I plan to continue my learning for as long as I can!
This blog post is just a little overview of what I have learned throughout my learning journey!
Where I was before starting my learning project:
- Had a piano sitting in my house collecting dust
- No knowledge of piano except knowing that there were white keys and black keys
- Not tech savvy at all! Did not know how to upload my videos to Youtube (this took awhile to learn and remember!)
- Very little confidence when it came to showing my progress to others!
Where I finished:
- My piano no longer collects dust (my mom is very happy about this).
- Now know there is much more to piano then the color of the keys, For example; I know the notes, key terms, how to read sheet music, how to make a beat, chords and much more that will be discussed later on in this post!
- I can now successfully upload my short videos onto Youtube, and even crop them before posting.
- I have gained confidence in performing, not only on the piano but overall throughout my everyday life!
- I can now say I have grown a love for playing the piano!
Now let’s look at my progression throughout the course:
Week One: Time to dust off those old keys!
During week one, I decided on what I was going to teach myself for my learning project. When first deciding what to learn it was a toss-up between learning how to play the piano or learning how to make bread. I am very happy I decided to play piano instead!
- Introduction post to learning project
- Discussed why I chose piano
- Looked broadly at possible sites I may use to help my learning
- Making an overview of my lesson layout
- Challenging myself to try and practice each day
Week Two: Lesson 1: Getting to know my Piano
This was the first week I started actually learning piano, and what a busy week that was! This week I focused mainly on the very basics of piano. This week was also the first week I decided to film myself playing! The big lessons this week were:
- Posture and hand positioning
- Learning each finger numbers
- Learning the home position notes on the piano
- Exploring my primary source, Flowkey
- Learning to play with my right hand, then my left hand
- Learning to combine those skills and play with both hands
Here is the short little video of my final results from week one!
Week Three: Lesson 2: Those finger stretching chords…
As you can tell by the title, lesson 2 of my learning project focused on chords! The big lessons this week were:
- Learned my fingers are very very very small!
- I learned the basic piano chords such as; C Major, F Major G Major, and A Minor!
- After learning the basic chords, I incorporated my learning into short little tunes
Here is a short clip of my end result from Lesson 2!
This was yet another big week for learning in the McGrath residence, although my dad was a little happier because this week did not include as much noise as previous weeks! This week was based around basic terminology and technique! The big lessons this week were:
- Crossing over and under technique to reach farther on the piano!
- The basics to sheet music
- Treble clef and base clef notes
- Note value and Rhythm
- Rest indicators on sheet music
- Dotted notes
All of these terms listed above are found on the short tune I played for my final video of this week’s lesson which is shown below!
Week 5: Lesson 4: Repetition is Key
What another fun week of learning lesson 4 brought! The main focus for Lesson 4 was learning the basic scales! The big lessons this week were:
- Learning the C Major Scale
- Learning the introduction to the black keys and incorporating them into my scales
- Learning the G Major Scale
- Learning the D Major Scale
- And many other basic scales!
Below is a short clip of the D Major Scale, the highest level of scale I learned for my learning project!
My final lesson for my learning project was learning the first half of a song! The big lessons this week were:
- Learning the first half of “Stay” by Rihanna step by step
The video below shows the final product of the song and of my learning project!
Incorporating Social Media into my Learning Project
Throughout my journey with my learning project, I tried to post things on different social media platforms to get some feedback. I always posted each of my learning project posts to my twitter account, I put up polls to get my twitter followers opinions, and I put up progress videos on both my Facebook and Twitter account. I often didn’t get much of a reply, but oh well it was worth a shot!
Some big takeaways from my learning project:
- Learning projects are not meant to be intimidating! When first starting EDTC300 I was very nervous about this project, I didn’t know if I was going to find time for it or even do well in it. I quickly learned that having a say in what your learning is huge and that if I have the opportunity for my future students to do a personal learning project I will be sure to jump at the chance!
- Be open to suggestions, one of the biggest things that helped me throughout my learning project was having my classmates, friends and families support throughout the whole thing! Just having their reassurance or feedback helped me continue my learning and I thank all of them for that!
- The internet is endless! Don’t get stuck using the same sources. I got a little stuck at the beginning of my learning project, however, once I broadened my horizons I saw improvement in my learning. Turns out I was getting bored in the same structure and wanted a different visual or a different type of learning!
- Lastly, have fun. If I would not have enjoyed the piano lessons I am not sure what I would have done!
I would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who helped me throughout my learning project. I would also like to thank EDTC300 and Katia Hildebrandt for helping me open up to this new way of learning! It truly was a wonderful experience! To close:
Do not fear, the music will not disappear!