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Effective: Summer 2011

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 good tone production, independence of hands, development of eye-hand coordination, simple harmonization and transposition, and building repertoire.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. play easy songs and piano literature from a variety of cultures with moderate independence between hands, accurately, with good tone.
  2. read and transpose simple piano music at sight in a variety of keys.
  3. accompany melodies with primary and secondary chords in several major and minor keys.
  4. develop creativity by composing original melodies.
  5. recognize and define an increasingly large vocabulary of musical terms as they apply to piano music.
  6. understand varied styles and forms of piano literature.
  7. develop a discerning ear and an efficient mode of practicing.
  8. demonstrate poise in performing for others.
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, hands together, in major and minor keys, in parallel and contrary motion, with even or dotted rhythms.
    2. I IV6/4 I V6/5 I harmonic progression, hands together, in major and minor keys.
    3. Major scales in one octave, hands together
  2. Reading skills
    1. Rhythmic exercises including examples from African and Latin cultures in simple and compound duple, triple, and quadruple meters.
    2. Use of whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth and some dotted notes and rests.
    3. Grand staff for pitch, including increasing use of leger lines.
    4. Ensemble literature.
    5. Harmonization of simple melodic lines in various accompaniment patterns using primary and secondary chords.
    6. Use of increasingly complex 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 and some secondary chords in major keys.
    2. Analysis of compositions for form.
    3. Introduction of scales from other cultures, such as pentatonic.

  • Repertoire Skills
    1. Increasing use of legitimate classical and popular piano literature (as distinguished from folk songs and transcriptions or arrangements).
  • Performance Skills
    1. Practice methods, correct interpretation and style.
    2. Ensemble repertoire.
    3. Solo and ensemble performance in front of class.
    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, Maxwell. Adult Piano. Carl Fischer Music. Most Recent Edition.

    Disciplines -
    Method of Instruction -
    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