Worship Piano Level 1

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  • Instructor: Stephanie Parker
  • Ages 10+
  • Required resources for this year-long course:
    • Students will need a piano or keyboard for daily practice

Course Overview

This course is created to help beginner pianists learn worship piano by teaching them to play hymns and modern worship songs.

The goal in this course is to enable students to be able to give glory to the Lord through their talents and lead others in worship to Him.

Learn everything you need to know to play on a worship team or to simply play worship songs for yourself and your family at home. 

This course is designed for the absolute beginner and contains 2 semesters. Each of those semesters has 9 lessons and those lessons each have 2 weeks worth of material. By the end of this level, you will have completed the equivalent of what they would have learned in 1 year's worth of private lessons. 


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Frequently asked questions

What kind of instrument do I need for this course?

You must have daily access to a piano or keyboard. If you are using a keyboard it is recommended to have 88 keys with weighted keys, but not required. 

What is a good age for my child to begin this course?

Since this course requires children to be able to learn on their own and goes at a fast pace, it is designed for students 10 years old and up. However, if a 8-9 year old has previous piano experience or has completed classical piano 1 with MasterBooks, they may be able to complete this course before the recommended age. 

How much will my child need to practice?

For this level, it is recommended to play piano 5 days a week. Each day will either be learning the new lesson and practicing the homework assigned and should take between 10-20 minutes a day.

Do I need to also take the classical piano course to take this course?

 This course has no prerequisites. You can take this course before, after or at the same time as the classical piano course. Although this course can be taken completely independently and has no prerequisites, It is recommended to pair this course with the classical piano course or to take it after you have completed the classical piano course. That is because learning to read music will open up more options in what students are able to play and how well they can play it.

If I’m already taking classical piano, why should I take this course as well? 

 The classical piano course and the worship piano course will teach you completely different styles of playing the piano. Although there might be a small amount of overlap of material, this course offers completely new and different material in each lesson than what is in the classical piano course. Taking both styles of piano makes for a well rounded pianist that is able to play all styles of piano music and not limited to only one style. 

What is the difference between worship piano and classical piano?

 This course is a fun way to learn to play music that sounds good fast because worship piano focuses less on reading notes and more on playing chords. Also, the type of songs learned in worship piano will be different than with classical piano. Worship piano will play chorded songs traditionally sung in a Sunday church service; whereas, classical piano focuses on a variety of written music. See the detailed course outline for a list of the songs learned in each lesson.
Meet the instructor

Stephanie Parker

Stephanie Parker is a homeschool mom of 8 kids, has played classical piano for over 35 years and taught classical piano for over 25 years. She graduated from Florida State University College of Music with her primary focus being classical piano. 
She has a passion to create homeschool music resources to help others give the gift of music to their child who might otherwise feel limited by time or money.
She currently has a large piano and voice private studio as well as plays piano and sings for church related functions. She believes strongly in teaching others with excellence and creating skilled musicians, but within the context of showing the kindness and love of Christ in her teaching methodology. 
Patrick Jones - Course author