• Chris Caton-Greasley

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Welcome


My approach to teaching has been honed over the last 35 years. I use a structured and yet flexible system where items are introduced according to the students learning requirement and preferences.


Please bring to every lesson.


Children at Primary School

  • A4 ring binder with 10 dividers

  • Themed binder cover, spine cover & divider covers available for presentation folders. *

  • Flash Cards *

  • Rhythm Cards *

  • Rhythm Bank *

  • Note stars, Keyboard and Stave *

  • Practice Record Booklet or mini book

  • A pack of 5x3 inch index cards

  • Pencil case with a pen, pencil, 7 rainbow coloured pencils, 6" ruler, eraser, sharpener and 2 coloured sharpies

  • Metronome app on phone or metronome. **

  • Music tote bag or case. **

** PDF supplied when required complete with instructional video, Complete items available to purchase via reception or website.

** Available to purchase via reception or website.


Young People at High School, College or Adults

  • A4 ring binder with 10 dividers

  • A4 lined paper

  • Pencil case with a pen, pencil, 6" ruler, eraser, sharpener.

  • Metronome app on phone or metronome. **


Manuscript paper is advantageous, please use the following links.


About Triquetrae Programs.


I am writing the TQ programs which acknowledge there is a process of musical awareness following a series of levels. Within each level specified skills will be developed. Each one of these skill groups contains 10 items per level to make a logical progression. I recommend that a skill group is completed before moving on to the next level.


Which skills are important depends on your requirements from the lessons. Here are a few reasons, there are many more.

  • To translate the music in to sound, to just play.

  • I just want piano lessons (for myself or my child)

  • To understand why the music works

  • To be able to hear it and play it

  • To add chords to a melody or accompany yourself when you sing

  • To understand to origins of music

  • To know why?

  • To experience music

  • To develop technical skills

  • To pass an exam

  • To get into university

  • To write music and make my own music

  • To compare instruments and know how it all fits together.

  • To learn more about world music

  • To learn to teach one day

  • To learn more about what I hear in classical music

  • To have a better understanding of rhythm

The levels and skills I have designed are as follows


Skills


Fluency Skills

Fluency skills are the nuts and bolts of music. You cannot get far in piano lessons without these skills.


Interpretation Skills

​Items that need a little more attention like verb endings in language. Understand the meaning behind the symbol and your music will benefit.


Muscle Skills

Muscle skills are built using exercises, the muscles are scales, arpeggios and broken chords. Healthy muscles produce beautiful music.


Knowledge Skills

​Knowledge helps understanding and performance. Know the composer and you can use your imagination to make the music come alive.


Written Skills

Writing music down helps understanding, creativity and sharing. Without the skills of writing you cannot share or expand the ideas that you have.


Musicianship Skills

Musicianship skills help you learn to listen to your own playing and to music on a wider scale.


Performance Skills

It all comes down to the final performance. This is where everything comes together. Enjoy it, you worked for every moment.


Practice Skills

How you practice is as important as what you practice. Colour each circle on the day you practice to achieve the stars. Seven circles equals one practice star. Gain all five colours every week, for 'Ten Week Super Star' certificate.



Levels


Level 1


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