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Effective: Summer 2016

Advisory: Advisory: MUS 12A or equivalent skills; 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 -
  • 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:
  1. Perform appropriate piano literature accurately and musically.
  2. Play two-octave scales hands together in all major keys.
  3. Demonstrate technical skills and facility on piano at intermediate level.
  4. Understand varied styles and forms of piano literature.
  5. Accompany melodies with primary and secondary chords in several major and minor keys.
  6. Understand and apply the sustain pedal.
  7. Demonstrate poise in performance.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Access to a piano for practice.
  2. Electronic Piano Laboratory plus acoustic pianos.
  3. Staff-lined boards.
  4. Computers with internet access.
  5. Audio equipment including a record, cassette, and CD player.
  6. Overhead projector and screen.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Technique skills
    1. Legato major scales in two octaves, hands together, ascending and descending
    2. Staccato melodies or chords in one hand with legato in other hand
    3. Continuous pedaling
    4. Fingerings for chords in root position and inversion
  2. Reading skills
    1. Use of whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth and some dotted notes and rests
    2. Grand staff for pitch, including increasing use of leger lines
    3. Use of increasingly complex music terminology related to dynamics, tempo, and interpretation
  3. Repertoire Skills
    1. Increasing use of works with full harmonization and greater variety of articulation
  4. Performance Skills
    1. Practice methods, correct interpretation and style
    2. Poise in performing for others
    3. Piano Recital at the end of the quarter
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. 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 -
  1. Lecture presentations and instructor demonstrations.
  2. Individual and class performance of repertoire.
  3. Individual coaching in areas of technique, theory, and interpretation.
  4. 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 -
  1. Weekly textbook reading assignments.
  2. Practice and rehearsal of selected repertoire.
  3. Review of handouts.
  4. Written exercises in music fundamentals and theory.