Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: 1 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2008

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 10; this course is included in the Piano Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.

2. 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.
3. 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.

4. 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.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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.
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
10. Lab Content -
Supervised practice of skills related to technique, reading, theory, repertoire, and performance identified in Expanded Course Description.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - No content
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Music.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-25 16:59:43

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines