Piano For All Levels

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Piano for All Levels

Piano for beginning to advanced players is a fun way to expand your skills and repertoire in a friendly and encouraging environment. Lessons will emphasize music theory, hand positions, fingering, and basic chord structures various styles, including classical, jazz, pop/folk. Personal practice keyboard is required.


  • For beginners please purchase “Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1”, by Nancy and Randall Faber (ISBN: 978-1616773021) 
  • For advanced students, please purchase “Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 2”, by Nancy and Randall Faber (ISBN: 978-1616773342).  Please bring the text book to the first class.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comfortable playing position at the piano.
  2. Demonstrate basic and advancing proper hand and finger coordination on the keyboard
  3. Apply touch articulations required in interpreting selected pieces written for the piano.
  4. Read Western notation, chord symbols and lead sheets in various styles of music.  
  5. Demonstrate beginning and advancing rhythmic patterns.

Student Testimonial

"Working at my own pace with assistance as needed."  Highline Student Spring 2016

"Personal instruction and her positive responses give me confidence."  Highline Student Spring 2016

Instructor Bio

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Sheryl Akaka is currently an instructor for Continuing Education at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington where she teaches courses in Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Guitar for All Levels, and Piano for All Levels.  She received her Bachelor of Education; College of Education Professional Diploma; Hawai’i Department of Education Certificate for Public School Education; and Master of Arts in Muisic Education degrees from the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  She taught music at the Kamehmeha Intermediate/High Schools, Honolulu Waldorf School, Yamaha Piano Course, Windward Shool for Adults (Community Outreach), and the Guitar and Piano classes at the Kapi’olani Community College, and Honolulu Community College Humanities Divisions.  In 2001 she relocated to Washington State to begin teaching Piano and Guitar classes for the Music Department of the Humanities Division, and Continuing Education at Highline Community College; and also taught Continuing Education Guitar classes at Green River Community College.  At the same time, she obtained her State of Washington Professional Education Certificate validated for Life Service as a Certified Substitute Teacher Preschool-12, and is currently teaching in the Federal Public School District.

She is also a Certified Music Practitioner for the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP.org) since 2003, serving hospice patients in transition at the bedside for MultiCare Good Samaritan Home Health Hospice and at St Francis Hospital ICU in Federal Way.   As a Student Adivisor for MHTP, she serves students across the nation in becoming Certified Music Practitioners.

In addition to private instruction, Sheryl enjoys performing for Community events: Weddings, Memorials, Fundraisers, and Workshops including performing in the Northwest Folklife Festival, and presenting the annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Festival Slack Key Workshop.

What do you enjoy about teaching?

I enjoy teaching as a way of discovering myself in the process of learning.   

What drove you into the teaching field?

What drives me to teach is that “teachers are essential is supporting students to be aware of the way they think and what motivates them to learn. Only when the teacher and student are in cooperation with discovery, exploration, imagination, improvisation and acceptance, can the student’s voice be a true reflection of what they need to grow.” 


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Class Details:

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Bldg 4 Rm 101
Class Day(s):
Class Date(s):
01/09/2020   -   02/27/2020
Class Time(s):
06:15 pm - 08:15 pm
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