General Music: A Survey of Music History w/ Beginning Keyboarding
Teacher: Elisabeth Fiordelise
Description: This course is designed to help students
understand the history of music and learn to speak its language. It will
include 3 components – a study of the classical music periods and
representative composers; interactive theory lessons covering the basic
elements of music such as: rhythm, tempo, dynamics, form, texture, etc.; and
the practical application of that music theory through keyboarding instruction.
Students should expect to finish the school year with a basic understanding of
music history and music theory and should be able to display relative
competence in note-reading, the playing of major and minor scales and chord
progressions, and be comfortable playing from a chord chart or lead sheet. This
class could be used to fulfill the prerequisite for Worship Band I, as a
springboard into the further study of an instrument, or solely to provide your
student with a basic understanding of the grammar of music. Access to a
keyboard or piano at home would be beneficial but is not required.
Text: Music Theory (teacher will purchase using supply fee) and Classical Music for Dummies by David Pogue and Scott Speck (2nd Edition)
Copy/Supply fee: $25 (check written to Elisabeth Fiordelise due at Orientation or the first class)
Tuition fee: $390 ($39.00/month for 10 months, August - May or $44/month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)
B.S. in Education
Elisabeth Fiordelise holds a degree in Elementary Education and taught 2nd and 4th grades prior to choosing to stay home and homeschool her children. She has enjoyed working for Classical Conversations for the past several years, tutoring both Foundations and Essentials (a writing and grammar program). Music has been a constant part of her life. She studied piano for 15 years and has spent her adulthood accompanying choirs, playing in worship bands, and directing children’s musicals. Elisabeth has taught private piano lessons for the past 14 years, which combines two of her favorite things – children and music. Her husband Pat pastors Kingsland Baptist Church, and she enjoys supporting his ministry by directing the children’s ministry and playing the piano in the worship band. They have 3 children - John (15), Alyssa (13), and David (9).