The goal of "Piano for Dreamers" is to offer no-cost introductory piano classes to 28 low-income children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in Boulder during the fall 2017 and spring 2018. These students currently receive support from the "I Have a Dream" foundation. The goal of the classes is to provide an introduction to piano playing, music reading, theory and music history. By the end of the 14-week semester, the students will be able to perform simple songs at the piano expressively and with good technique, read and interpret basic music notation and symbols, and compose simple pieces. We are expanding the project this year to serve three different groups each semester: one group of 12 fifth graders will attend an hour-long class in the Piano Laboratory in the College of Music at CU Boulder for 14 weeks. Two OTHER groups of 8 third graders each will receive group piano instruction at two “I Have a Dream” Kalmia center in north Boulder. We are providing portable keyboards to teach these two on-site groups. The course will culminate with a student recital open to parents and the community. The classes will be taught by selected graduate instructors currently enrolled in the Masters and Doctoral programs in piano performance and pedagogy at CU. In addition, undergraduate piano majors will assist the instructors and observe the classes. Due to the high cost of piano lessons in the Boulder area, low-income families find it challenging or impossible to access quality piano instruction. This program will offer these students an invaluable, no-cost opportunity to learn to play the piano through an innovative and attractive curriculum.
This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.