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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: MUSI 174
Course Title: Class Piano I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

Class instruction in basic techniques for students with no prior training in piano. Daily practice required. Part I of II.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Alfred's Group Piano for Adults, Book I
By Lancaster, E.L. & Renfrow, Kenon
Course Objectives

•  To acquire knowledge sufficient to play the piano at a level consistent with the student's background and potential.

    To evidence an understanding of music notation, the basic elements of music, and related terminology.

    To experience the effect of personal musical expression on the human experience.

    To apply a disciplined approach in the pursuit of long-term performance goals.

Measurable Learning

    Demonstrate technical fluency in the performance of assigned repertoire.

    Recognize artistic excellence in music heard at required recitals   and in portions of assigned repertoire.

    Apply common practice knowledge, terminology, and technical skills introduced to personal perfonmance.

    Plan and monitor the effectiveness of personal practice schedules.

    Evaluate strengths and weaknesses in piano performance of oneself and in others.

    Analyze works from piano literature by comparing and contrasting forms, styles, and ideas.

Topical Outline:

    Keyboard basics

    Major five-finger patterns beginning on white keys

    Major five-finger patterns beginning on black keys


    Review and Midterm exam

    Minor five-finger patterns beginning on white keys

    Minor five-finger patterns beginning on black keys

    Chord outlines

    Major Ssales

    Triads of the key


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: February 22, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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