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Piano I

MUS 131

Piano I

MUS 131

Course Description

Beginning class instruction leading to the ability to play melodies and accompanying chord patterns and rhythms. (15-15)

Outcomes and Objectives

Associate notes on the grand staff with the correct location on the keyboard.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the letter names of notes on grand staff and ledger lines.
  • Apply letter names to black and white keys on piano.
  • Demonstrate ability to read notation and play on piano.
  • Demonstrate ability to read by interval from note to note.

Read and perform rhythm patterns.

Objectives:

  • Identify time value names for notes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of relative note value.
  • Determine meter indicated by meter signature.
  • Demonstrate ability to tap/play and count rhythms in simple and compound meter using eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes.

Perform piano pieces in major and minor keys.

Objectives:

  • Perform short pieces in 5-finger positions, alternating left and right hand.
  • Perform short pieces in 5-finger positions, hands together, parallel or contrary motion.
  • Perform short pieces in 5-finger positions, melody with accord.
  • Perform short pieces including more than one hand position.
  • Demonstrate understanding of tempo indications, style, and dynamics in performance.

Develop technical skills for piano playing.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate proper sitting posture.
  • Demonstrate correct arm, hand, and finger position.
  • Develop coordination between the hands.
  • Demonstrate ability to distribute notes on grand staff to left and right hands.
  • Develop eye-hand coordination for reading and playing by direction and interval.
  • Apply different touches-legato phrasing, staccato, accents, and varying dynamic levels f to p.

Transpose melodies and harmonize a given melody.

Objectives:

  • Use whole and half step patterns to build major and minor 5-finger patterns and triads.
  • Play major scales in tetra chord patterns.
  • Transpose a 5-finger melody or simple piece from the key it is written in to other keys.
  • Use tonic and dominant tones or chords to harmonize a melody.