Leveling Chart

The main concepts taught in each level of the Interactive Piano Method®

Leveling Chart

Level 1A

  • Note values: quarter, half, dotted half, whole
  • Rests: quarter, half, whole
  • Dynamics: p, mp, mf, f
  • Notes on the staff from Bass C to Treble G
  • Elements of the grand staff (tempo marking, time signature, clefs, repeat sign, etc.)
  • Step, skip, repeated notes, octave, tie.
    (The first half of the book is off-staff reading; the second half is on-staff reading.)

Level 1B

  • Legato and staccato
  • Half steps, sharps, flats
  • Intervals: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Notes on the staff: Bass G to G above Treble C
  • C and G chords (blocked and broken)
  • Pick-up measures (upbeats)
  • Signs and symbols: fermata, slur, 8va, rit., accent

Leveling Chart

Level 2A

  • 8th notes
  • Interval of a 6th
  • C and G major scales
  • G major key signature
  • I and V7 chords in C and G
  • Triads: D, Cm, Dm, Gm
  • Natural sign, 1st and 2nd endings, crescendo and diminuendo, whole steps, “a tempo,” easy use of the damper pedal.

Level 2B

  • Single 8th notes, 8th rest, dotted-quarter note
  • Pedal changes
  • F Major scale and key signature
  • I, IV, and V7 chords in C, F, and G major
  • Notes on two ledger lines
  • 7ths, D.C. al Fine, pp and ff, Adagio, Moderato, Allegro, phrases, molto rit., waltz pattern, hand-over-hand arpeggios

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Level 3

  • Scales, key signatures, and cadence chords for D major, A minor, D minor
  • 3/8 and 6/8 time signatures
  • Triplets and swing rhythm
  • Major and minor triads on white keys
  • One-octave arpeggios
  • Ledger-line notes (up to two ledger lines)
  • Syncopation, D.C. and D.S. al Coda, poco and molto rit., common and cut time, Alberti bass, tenuto, grace note, Andante, Vivace.

Level 4

  • 16th note, 16th rest, dotted-8th note
  • Chromatic scale
  • Scales, key signatures, and cadence chords for E minor, A major, B-flat major, G minor
  • C major scale in contrary motion
  • Two-octave scales: C, G, D, and F major
  • 1st and 2nd inversion triads
  • 16th notes in 3/8 and 6/8 time
  • Ped. simile, accelerando, 15ma, “poco a poco,” ostinato, Allegretto, Largo.