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Joshua Foy

In this course, we’ll be learning and deconstructing a unique piece by Erik Satie – Gymnopedie No 1.

We’ll go phrase by phrase and learn the notes, fingering, rhythms, and pedaling. Then we’ll explore the dynamics, articulations, and compositional techniques.

Course Objectives
  • Learn the notes, fingering, and pedaling
  • Explore the dynamics & harmony of the tune
  • Master a variety of compositional techniques
Learning Focus
  • Analysis
  • Composition
  • Songs
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Course Lessons

Gymnopedie 1 – Lesson 2

A Section – Repeat

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