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Music Moves for Piano 1st & 2nd Grade

Music Moves for PianoTerm II begins January 31, 2017.

For returning students, payment is due December 14. To make a payment, call (617) 277-4593 or pay online.

Open enrollment for new students begins January 9th. The schedule for Term II will be complete by December 23. Please email kjadro@bmsmusic.org if you would like to be added to the mailing list to be notified of schedule completion, reminded of the registration date, and for information on demo classes.

If you have questions, email Early Childhood Music Coordinator Krista Jadro kjadro@bmsmusic.org.

At Brookline Music School, we value offering classes that are research-based and provide developmentally appropriate instruction to our students. Our classes help children to develop the skills necessary for formal music learning and a lifelong enjoyment of music. Music Moves for Piano provides students with both musical understanding and piano skills in a creative, engaging, rich and fun class.

In Music Moves for Piano students learn to:

  • Improvise, play by ear, transpose, and harmonize
  • Compose, arrange, read, and write music notation
  • Sing and play – accompany singers and instrumentalists
  • Perform with comfort and fluency in a variety of social settings
  • Play with technical ease and freedom from muscular tension
  • Listen to and perform music with understanding
  • Think about music in the context of a meter and a tonality
  • Become independent music thinkers

Music Moves for Piano:

  • Is based on research
  • Is versatile and adaptable – appropriate for all ages
  • Helps students to learn music as an aural art – ‘sound before sight’
  • Builds lifetime skills through movement, chanting, and singing
  • Is creative – students make music from the beginning
  • Develops the entire musician
  • Internalizes improvisation skills and musical understanding


Music Moves lessons train musicians to hear what they play and play what they hear. Lesson activities sequentially apply what research says about how children best learn music and encourage students to listen, think, move, sing and play. Students in first grade and second grade take one semester of Intro to Music Moves for Piano and then continue with Level 1 group piano lessons. Includes piano book with CD.

LEVEL 1 (for students that have completed Intro to Music Moves for Piano or 1st grade students that have completed Keyboard Games B1)

Level 1 is a two-term class (1A and 1B) that provides sequenced activities, keyboard skills, pattern instruction, and study of songs and performance pieces.

Rote teaching, or learning by imitation, is the first step toward audiation (music understanding). Activities away from the keyboard and at the keyboard guide students on the pathway to complete music literacy, including performance, listening, improvising and composing.


Level 2 is a three-term class (2A, 2B and 2C) that continues with more difficult repertoire. Students continue to build keyboard, audiation, pattern vocabulary, and improvisation skills through sequenced lesson time activities.

Gradually, more solo pieces from a variety of genres are studied at the lesson. Activities to learn rote solos use a “whole-parts-whole” approach using an audiation-based style of instruction.

LEVELS 3, 4 and 5

Levels 3, 4 and 5 guide students in advanced keyboard, audiation, and improvisation skills. Students play more advanced solos that are learned by applying audiation skills and through reading notation.

Class Sections for New Students Term II (Spring 2017): To be determined by December 23, 2016. Please check back or email kjadro@bmsmusic.org to be placed on the notification list.