Playing by Ear: A Practical Application of Music Fundamentals!

About Playing by Ear: A Practical Application of Music Fundamentals!

Have you always wanted to learn to play a song you love by ear? By learning chord structures and about key signatures it's easier than you think. One a decision is made about which song to learn, we'll start by finding the melody on the piano. Chords will help fill it out, and through dynamics and expression, we'll bring each each piece to life. We will explore how to add your own personal twist as well. This class promises to be an adventurous exploration in piano that will stretch the imagination while honing in on your current piano skills! 

Class Goals

- learn how to play melodies on the piano by ear
- learn how to find the chords that work with your melody
- learn to express your song with dynamics and emotion
- practice adding your own twists to songs you love

Age Range

All Ages

Skill Level

Beginner+ (prerequisite: basic music reading and rhythm skills)


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Weekly 30-min sessions on Fridays, at 4 pm ET | 1 pm PT | 21:00 UTC.

The next session is Friday, December 4.

How It Works

Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

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Mary Gossard

Mary Gossard

I am an experienced music teacher of piano and voice for over 12 years with a degree in music from the Evergreen State College in Washington State. I specialize in multi-genre styles such as classical, pop, rock and roll, ragtime, jazz, and...

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