|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- A successful student will be able to play easy songs and piano literature with moderate independence between hands, accurately, and with correct rhythm.
- 70% of students will be able to perform 2 octave scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps by the conclusion of the class.
|Description - |
|Continuation of MUS 12A with increased emphasis on independence of hands, proper hand position, building repertoire in different genres, variety in rhythmic figurations and articulation.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Perform appropriate piano literature accurately and musically.
- Play two-octave scales hands together in all major keys.
- Demonstrate technical skills and facility on piano at intermediate level.
- Understand varied styles and forms of piano literature.
- Accompany melodies with primary and secondary chords in several major and minor keys.
- Understand and apply the sustain pedal.
- Demonstrate poise in performance.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Access to a piano for practice.
- Electronic Piano Laboratory plus acoustic pianos.
- Staff-lined boards.
- Computers with internet access.
- Audio equipment including a record, cassette, and CD player.
- Overhead projector and screen.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Technique skills
- Legato major scales in two octaves, hands together, ascending and descending
- Staccato melodies or chords in one hand with legato in other hand
- Continuous pedaling
- Fingerings for chords in root position and inversion
- Reading skills
- Use of whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth and some dotted notes and rests
- Grand staff for pitch, including increasing use of leger lines
- Use of increasingly complex music terminology related to dynamics, tempo, and interpretation
- Repertoire Skills
- Increasing use of works with full harmonization and greater variety of articulation
- Performance Skills
- Practice methods, correct interpretation and style
- Poise in performing for others
- Piano Recital at the end of the quarter
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Performance of assigned scales and repertoire with correct notes, rhythms, hand position, and articulation.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco, The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences, Alfred Music, 1994. |
Music textbooks vary by level of student. Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it still remains a seminal text in this area of study.
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and instructor demonstrations.
- Individual and class performance of repertoire.
- Individual coaching in areas of technique, theory, and interpretation.
- Summative performance as demonstrated mastery of selected piano literature.
|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 - |
- Weekly textbook reading assignments.
- Practice and rehearsal of selected repertoire.
- Review of handouts.
- Written exercises in music fundamentals and theory.