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Effective: Winter 2012
MUS 12ABEGINNING CLASS PIANO2 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 10; this course is included in the Piano Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will be able to play easy songs and piano literature from a variety of cultures with hands together, accurately, with good tone.
  • The student will be able to read and transpose simple piano music at sight in a variety of keys.
Description -
Group instruction in piano for those with no previous training. Emphasis is on finger technique, note reading, elementary chording, and performance of simple piano literature. For music majors as well as the general student.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. play easy songs and piano literature from a variety of cultures with hands together, accurately, with good tone.
  2. read and transpose simple piano music at sight in a variety of keys.
  3. accompany melodies with primary chords in several major keys.
  4. develop creativity by composing original melodies.
  5. recognize and define basic musical terms as they apply to piano music.
  6. demonstrate varied styles and forms of piano literature.
  7. develop a discerning ear and an efficient mode of practicing.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Access to a piano for practice.
  2. Electronic Piano Laboratory plus acoustic pianos.
  3. Audio equipment including a record, cassette, and CD player.
  4. Staff-lined boards.
  5. Overhead projector and screen.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Technique skills
    1. Five-finger exercises with hands together, in major and minor keys, in parallel motion.
    2. I IV6/4 I V6/5 I harmonic progression, hands together, in major keys.
  2. Reading skills
    1. Rhythmic exercises in simple duple, triple, and quadruple meters.
    2. Use of whole, half, quarter, eighth and some dotted notes.
    3. Grand staff for pitch.
    4. Ensemble literature introduced to develop rhythmic and melodic performance skills.
    5. Harmonization of simple melodic lines in various accompaniment patterns.
    6. Basic music terminology related to dynamics, tempo, and interpretation.
  3. Theory skills
    1. Harmonization of simple melodic lines using tonic, subdominant, and dominant or dominant seventh chords.
    2. Simple analysis of compositions for form.
  4. Repertoire Skills
    1. Simple folk songs from a variety of cultures, classical and popular compositions.
  5. Performance Skills
    1. Practice methods, correct interpretation and style.
    2. Ensemble repertoire.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Performance of assigned technical exercises and repertoire with correct notes, rhythms, hand position, and good tone.
  2. Written quizzes to assess understanding of theoretical concepts and musical terminology.
Representative Text(s) -
Lindeman, Carolynn A., Piano Lab. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company. Most recent edition.
Eckstein. Adult Piano Book, Bk. 1. Most recent edition.

Disciplines -
Music
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture
Laboratory
 
Lab Content -
Supervised practice of skills related to technique, reading, theory, repertoire, and performance identified in Expanded Course Description.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - No content