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Accademia Europea di Firenze: Piano Lessons Elementary/Advanced

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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination: Italy  
Specialty: University Study Abroad
School Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Course Level: Undergratuate
Languages Used in Teaching: English
Min Price: 580 Euro (EUR) per course
Max Price: 580 Euro (EUR) per course
Scholarship Availability: No
Subject Areas: Music

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is one of the fastest growing schools in Florence, located in the center of the historic part of the city, it is a short walk from many of Italy’s most important sights, as well as, restaurants, shops, pubs, parks, night clubs and other places. The AEF staff will welcome you and take care of any arrangements you may need to make your stay the most enjoyable and comfortable possible.

The Accademia Europea di Firenze offers the Piano courses for people of all levels of skill, from beginner to advanced. It provides piano lessons with highly qualified teachers in a school that is filled with a friendly atmosphere that will make you feel at ease to perfect your skills with the piano.

Elementary Piano Course

- Get to know the keyboard as well as the structure (white keys and black keys) and sonority (different registers);
- Interpret non-conventional graphic signs using the keyboard;
- Do exercises of piano to develop the coordination and the independence of both hands and fingers;
- Recognize the first elements of music sheet music and know how to follow small parts taken from didactic repertoire;
- Follow simple parts by four hands with the teacher to obtain a greater rhythmic and execution autonomy;
- Interpret musical language through the system of notation (keys, pentagramma, heights, main figures);
- Follow simple or average difficulty parts to develop the coordination and the independence of both hands;
- Do brief exercises to improve the agility of fingers and to learn the technique of weight. (gesture-music relation);
- Deepen a musical section caring for more expressive aspects: dynamics (strong, slow, cresc, dim), agogica (fast, slow, accelerated, ral.);
- Support the student in the reading and in the learning of musical content and stimulate him to a greater autonomy in the study.

- Hand positioning
- Diteggiatura
- Base Notation
- Reading of the two keys
- Rhythmic elements: music figures a learning of theory and practice
- Execution techniques
- Study methodology.

Advanced Piano Course

- Enable students to read classic and modern sheet music (traditional signs and contemporary grafia);
- Face the pianistic technique through specific exercises presented to the student according to his needs and demands;
- Deepen the methodology for a more constant study, aiming to overcome possible difficulties;
- Stimulate students to achieve expressive personal choices in the interpretation of instrumental parts;
- Know how to adequate the execution itself accompanying a song, a choreography or a recited text.

- Technique
- Interpretation.

- Major scales followed by four octaves for resisted, contrary motion, for third, sixth, double third and double sixth;
- Specific exercises about: steadiness and speed, passage of thumb, sheet music, arpeggios, chords, third, sixth, double third, and double sixth;
- Use of pedal as a technical-expressive element;
- Study of the “weight technique” to achieve a higher sound quality with more tranquility.

- Interpreting a music piece takes a deep knowledge of the object we will deal with. A good way for that comes from a basic study that must be in first place of observation and analysis, to deepen means to find out and look for all the particularities, understanding not only the formal and harmonic structure, but the meaning that hides in that type of writing;
- Analyzing therefore the composition under many aspects;
- Giving students many tips: the interpretative choice can only be done if offer them a range of possibilities, in this case the student will look for the execution closer to his way of expression.

Faculty Information:
The teachers are devoted to sharing their knowledge and their passion, thus, by the end of your learning experience you will be a skillful pianist.

Other Activities:
Aside from regular courses our school offers a rich program of optional language and cultural activities (concerts, seminars, films, visits to museums and farms) as well as extra-curricular and recreational activities (parties, dinners, food and wine tasting, sports, etc.) which are offered every week to ensure the enjoyment and cultural fulfillment of the students.

Facility Information:
Our students can choose from among the following types of accommodations:
- Private apartment. This is the best option for those who want to be completely autonomous and free to host friends and family. All apartments are furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils.
- Student apartment. This option allows students to share an apartment with other students (foreign and Italian). Apartments are well equipped and furnished.
- Family-stay. Living with an Italian family is a good way to practice the language and experience the Italian way of life. All families are used to hosting foreign students and willing to share with you their daily routines and traditions.
- Other solutions. It is also possible to reserve accommodations in pensions, hotels, residence or religious institutions.

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