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
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

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

1. Description -
Continuation of MUS 12B with greater emphasis on building a repertoire, varied styles of performance, and ensemble playing.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: MUS 12B or equivalent skills; 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 advanced beginning piano literature from a variety of cultures with increasing 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 in several different accompaniment styles.
  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. demonstrate 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.
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. Technical development exercises to increase facility and finger independence and for specific study of varied problems such as slurs, phrases, staccato and legato articulation,
    2. Harmonic progressions using primary and secondary chords.
    3. Major scales in two octaves, hands together.
    4. Harmonic minor scales in one octave, hands together.
  2. Reading skills
    1. Rhythmic exercises incorporating duplets and triplets, and asymmetrical combinations such as two-against-three. Also use of rhythms from "Latin" and "African" cultures.
    2. Use of syncopated rhythmic patterns.
    3. Increased use of leger lines.
    4. Ensemble literature.
    5. Harmonization of more complex melodic lines in various accompaniment patterns using primary and secondary chords and chords from related keys such as secondary dominants.
    6. Use of increasingly complex music terminology related to dynamics, tempo, and interpretation.
  3. Theory skills
    1. Harmonization of more complex melodic lines using tonic, subdominant, and dominant or dominant seventh chords and some secondary chords in major and minor keys.
    2. Analysis of compositions for form.
    3. Introduction of non major and minor scales, such as ecclesiastical and jazz modes.
  4. Repertoire Skills
    1. Predominant use of legitimate classical and popular piano literature (as distinguished from folk songs and transcriptions or arrangements).
  5. Performance Skills
    1. Practice methods, correct interpretation and style.
    2. Ensemble repertoire.
    3. Solo and ensemble performance in front of class of pieces which are memorized.
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, Maxwell. Adult Piano. Carl Fischer Music. 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: 2014-05-01 14:12:54

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines