Pretty easy, overall.
Professor Kozol is a brilliant and talented pianist with a focus on Jazz, and he makes his living teaching and performing in the Chicago area. He has toured internationally as well. The class focuses on the basics of the piano and is taught in a group setting. We focused mainly on: learning how to read the notes on the keyboard, how to sight-read notation, the basic major scales of C, D, F, and G and the proper fingerings thereof, as well as simple songs and exercises built around said major scales.
The highlights of this course were the extracurricular lessons that Professor Kozol would take the time to teach to those of us who wanted to learn. He would often spend one on one time with students that wanted the extra exercises and knowledge that he had to offer such as: jazz/blues scales, minor scales, and various advanced exercises in technique and music theory.
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Advice for students:
The best advice I could give to anyone in this class, regardless of skill level, is consistent practice and patient mindfulness. For example, I rated this class as "pretty easy", however I'm a guitarist of over 10 years. For someone taking this class with no musical experience, it could be quite difficult for something as simple as not understanding how simple consistent practice can either make or break your progress. I normally spend a minimum of 3 hours a day practicing my instrument, however during a semester with a full time class-load, a solid hour to and hour and a half will suffice.