Feb 19, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

MUS2640 CLASS PIANO I COURSE PROCEDURE


MUS2640 CLASS PIANO I

2 Credit Hours

 

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.

 

Catalog Description:

MUS 2640 - Class Piano I (2 hrs.)

This course studies the elemental techniques in pianoforte performance to attain proficiency and understanding toward adequate musical performance. No previous study is required.

 

Course Classification:

Studio

 

Prerequisites:

None

 

Controlling Purpose:

This course in intended to provide a method of guiding the adult beginner in learning the skills of playing the piano.  The stimulus of groups learning will provide an incentive for accomplishments.  The course will emphasize functional skills, keyboard techniques and musical styles.

 

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate basic skills necessary to function and perform at the keyboard.

 

Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

 

UNIT 1: BASIC KEYBOARD SKILLS

Outcomes:  Student will have knowledge and application of basic keyboard skills.

  • Name, find and play all keys on the keyboard.
  • Read and perform melodies written on the grand staff.
  • Apply basic musical concepts of rhythm, notation, terminology and symbols to performance at the keyboard.
  • Improvise black-key melodies as the teacher plays an accompaniment.
  • Identify and play whole steps, half steps, and the chromatic scale on the keyboard.

 

UNIT 2:  MAJOR 5-FINGER PATTERNS BEGINNING ON WHITE and BLACK KEYS

Outcomes:  Student will demonstrate by performance knowledge of major 5-finger patterns.

  • Play major 5-finger patterns and major triads beginning on any key.
  • Perform solo repertoire that utilizes 5-finger patterns.
  • Sight-read and transpose melodies in major five-finger patterns.
  • Harmonize major melodies with tonic and dominant tones as an accompaniment.
  • Improvise melodies in major 5-finger patterns as the teacher plays an accompaniment.
  • Perform duet repertoire with a partner.

 

UNIT 3:  REVIEW OF ALL MAJOR 5-FINGER PATTERNS

Outcomes:  Students will demonstrate by performance knowledge of all major 5 finger patterns.

  • Play major 5-finger patterns and major triads beginning on any key.
  • Perform additional solo repertoire that utilizes major 5-finger patterns.
  • Harmonize melodies with root position chords.
  • Create 2-hand accompaniment and 4-part ensembles from chord symbols.
  • Sightread and transpose melodies in any major 5-finger pattern.

 

UNIT 4:  MINOR 5-FINGER PATTERNS BEGINNING ON WHITE KEYS

Outcomes:  Student will demonstrate by performance knowledge of minor 5-finger patterns on white and black keys.

  • Play minor 5-finger patters and minor triads beginning on any key.
  • Perform solo repertoire that utilizes 5-finger patterns.
  • Harmonize minor melodies with root position chords.
  • Sight-read and transpose minor melodies on white keys.

 

UNIT 5:  REVIEW OF ALL MINOR 5-FINGER PATTERNS

Outcomes:  Students will demonstrate by performance knowledge of all minor 5 finger patterns.

  • Play minor 5-finger patterns and major triads beginning on any key.
  • Perform additional solo repertoire that utilizes minor 5-finger patterns.
  • Harmonize melodies with root position chords.
  • Create 2-hand accompaniment and 4-part ensembles from chord symbols.
  • Sight-read and transpose melodies in any minor 5-finger pattern.

 

UNIT 6:  CHORD QUALITIES

Outcomes:  Student will demonstrate by performance knowledge of major, minor, augmented and diminished chords

  • Play major, minor augmented and diminished chords beginning on any key.
  • Perform solo and ensemble repertoire that uses various chord qualities.
  • Sight-read melodies with various chord qualities as an accompaniment.
  • Create 2-hand accompaniments from chord symbols and ensemble parts to accompany solo repertoire.

 

UNIT 7:  MAJOR SCALES IN TETRACHORD POSITION AND INTERVALS UP TO AN OCTAVE

Outcomes:  Student will demonstrate by performance knowledge of major scales in Tetrachord position and intervals up to an octave.

  • Play major scales in Tetrachord position.
  • Play exercises that utilize intervals up to an octave.
  • Use the damper pedal in performance.
  • Perform solo repertoire that uses intervals up to an octave.
  • Sight-read melodies with intervals of 5ths, 6ths, 7ths and octaves as accompaniment.

 

UNIT 8:  MAJOR SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS

Outcomes:  Students will demonstrate by performance knowledge of major scales and arpeggios beginning on the white keys.

  • Play major scales and arpeggios beginning on the white keys.
  • Build a triad on any note of the scale.
  • Perform solo repertoire that uses scale and arpeggio patterns.
  • Sight-read and transpose music that uses scale patterns.
  • Harmonize melodies with roots of chords and root-position triads of the key.
  • Improvise scale melodies over roots of chords and root-position triads of the key.

 

Projects Required:

As assigned

 

Textbook:

Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

 

Materials/Equipment Required:

 

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

 

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

 

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

 

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

 

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

 

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.