Piano Class at Omaha South High School

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Caren Kilian, Instructor

If you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but didn’t have the time to practice or the money to purchase a keyboard then Piano Class is the perfect class for you! If have some previous piano experience but are interested in learning more about music and would like to have various performance opportunities this is also the class for you! This class is a great way to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement as there are no prerequisites and you must take this class before you can take the Music Technology class.

Classes are kept small, 20-24 per class; this allows instruction to be tailored to the individual student’s needs. A more advanced player will play more advanced pieces, while a beginning player can concentrate on the basics of music and fingering on the piano. The class proceeds at a rate at which the student can have success.

Students wishing to continue learning Piano after passing Beginning Piano Class with an A or a B can enroll in the Advanced Piano Class for their remaining high school years with the instructor's permission.

Beginning players will learn/participate in the following:

  •        Basic keyboard skills using both hands including scales, chords and 5 finger position
  •        Basic music theory including scales, chords, rhythm, harmony and form
  •        Different styles of piano music and some music history
  •        Performance etiquette as a performer and as an audience member
  •        Basic composition techniques to compose a piece for piano
  •        Perform solo and ensemble music at piano recitals

Recital Dates for 2020-2021 - Dates are in flux and exact dates will be determined later. The following is a guide.

  • Advanced Recital: A Monday in late October (may occur online)
  • All Piano Students: Last Monday of the semester (may occur online)
  • Advanced Recital: Monday, March 22nd, 2021
  • Honors Advanced Piano: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, District Music Festival, Place: TBA, Times TBA
  • Senior Piano Recitals: Monday, May 10th, 2021
  • 9-11th grade Piano Students: Monday, May 24th, 2021


 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Advanced Piano Class SyllabusCaren Kilian 8/1/2019UnknownDownload
Beginning Piano Class SyllabusCaren Kilian 8/1/2019UnknownDownload

Caren Kilian

Plan Periods: 4th and 7th

Rooms: 545, 547(art office)

caren.kilian (@ops.org)

(531) 299-9230 (voicemail)

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