Piano Class at Omaha South High School


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 2019-2020

  • Advanced Piano: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 in 545, Open House, 6:00-8:30 PM, students signup for a 10 minute time slot 
  • Advanced Recital: Monday, October 21st, 2019 in 148, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
  • All Piano Students: Monday, December 16th, 2019 in Theater and 148, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
  • Advanced Piano: January 15th, 2020: In House Magnet Recruitment in the cafeteria, students sign up for one period OR
  • Advanced Piano: Thursday, January 16th, 2020 Open House from 6:00-8:00 in Room 545, students sign up for a 10-15 min time slot
  • Advanced Recital: Monday, March 30th, 2020 (hoping to switch to 23rd) in 148, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
  • Honors Advanced Piano: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 District Music Festival, Place: TBA, Times TBA
  • Senior Piano Recitals: Monday, May 4th, 2020 in 148, 3:30 and 5:00
  • 9-11th grade Piano Students: Monday, May 18th, 2020 in theater at 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00


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