Key-Notes: A Piano Exploration

Course Description

The objective of the course is to teach piano, improve music reading skills and music theory knowledge. The course is designed for a multi-level class room, so complete beginners and intermediate pianists can learn in this self-paced course. There will be an element of course tailoring for the needs of individual student.

Goals and objectives of the class are

  • to learn/improve keyboard technique: fingering, hand position, touch etc…
  • to improve sight reading and sight singing skills
  • to play examples of classical, jazz and popular piano literature
  • to participate in ensemble playing and singing

Since this is a skills-based course, ongoing work daily and regular class attendance will be essential.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Marie-Louise Catsalis


Marie-Louise Catsalis initially trained as a piano major. She performed several piano concertos in Australia and Italy. is a conductor, vocal coach and keyboard accompanist (piano and harpsichord). she completed a graduate opera repetiteur's course at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1993. That year she also took part in the Pacific Music Festival, Saporo, Japan, where she gave recitals with chamber soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic and Santa Cecilia Orchestras, played in the festival's orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, and worked with composer Lou Harrison. Thereafter she began to specialize in vocal music of the Italian Baroque, taking lessons in Italy and eventually completing the Master of Music degree at the University of New England, Australia, in 1998. She went on to doctoral studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia, which focused on the serenatas or occasional vocal music of Alessandro Scarlatti (degree conferred 2005). Marie-Louise has experience in collaborative piano, harpsichord and other historical keyboards. Since coming to Stanford, she has produced and been Musical Director for fifteen productions, including A Little Night Music, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Candid and most recently, One Touch of Venus.