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Effective: Summer 2016

Advisory: Advisory: MUS 12B 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 -
  • Upon completion, a successful student will be able to play advanced beginning piano literature from a variety of cultures with increasing independence between hands, accurately, with good tone.
  • Upon completion, a successful student will be able to accompany melodies with primary and secondary chords in several major and minor keys in several different accompaniment styles.
Description -
Continuation of MUS 12B with greater emphasis on building a repertoire, varied styles of performance, and ensemble playing.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Play varied piano literature with increasing accuracy and artistry.
  2. Play in all major and minor keys.
  3. Demonstrate technical skills and facility on piano at advance level.
  4. Understand the stylistic and formal aspects of varied piano literature.
  5. Apply techniques of efficient practicing.
  6. Understand intermediate music theory.
  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. Minor scales (all three forms) in three octaves, ascending and descending, hands together
    2. Chromatic scale, two octaves, hands together
    3. Introduction to arpeggios
    4. Octave jumps
  2. Reading skills
    1. Rhythmic exercises emphasizing dotted rhythms
    2. Use of syncopated rhythmic patterns
    3. Increased use of leger lines
    4. Ensemble literature
    5. Use of increasingly complex music terminology related to dynamics, tempo, and interpretation
  3. Repertoire Skills
    1. Greater fluency in all major and minor keys
    2. Mastery of appropriate works from the classical literature
  4. Performance Skills
    1. Practice methods, correct interpretation and style
    2. Ensemble repertoire
    3. Confidence in executing large jumps from one area of keyboard to another
    4. Piano Recital at the end of the quarter
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Performance of assigned scales and repertoire with correct notes, rhythms, hand position, phrasing, pedaling, 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.