MUSIC 163-02
BEGINNING PIANO I
FALL 2004
 
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Kinzer                                          Class Meetings: T-R 11:00-11:50
Office: Wygal 227 (Studio 3)                                                     Location: Wygal 107
Telephone: 395-2494                                                                  

Course Description: First-semester level keyboard skills for non-keyboard music majors including applications in
    theory, technique, sight-reading, repertoire, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and ensemble playing. 1 credit.

Required Text:  Lancaster, E. L., and Kenon D. Renfrow.  Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, Book One, 2d edition.
    Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing, 2004.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course students will be expected to have achieved specific keyboard
    skills in the following areas:

   1.) Scales - all major and minor pentascales; all major scales in tetrachords;  white-key major scales, two
        octaves.
   2.) Arpeggios - white-key major, two octaves.
   3.) Chords - major, minor, diminished, augmented in all inversions; primary chord progression in all major
        keys.
   4.) Theory - recognition of intervals, major and minor key signatures, and primary chords.
   5.) Harmonization/Transposition - simple melodies with primary chord accompaniment.
   6.) Repertoire - appropriate level sight-reading, improvisation, prepared solos, ensembles.

Course Requirements: Four written Review Worksheets from text             5% of semester grade
                                Mini-quizzes                                                     10%
                                Performance quizzes I, II                                      50%
                                Final exam                                                         35%

Grading:  92-100 = A;   83-91 = B;   74-82 = C;   70-73 = D;   below 70 = F.
   The semester grade is based on completion of all coursework.

Attendance:  Since this is a “hands-on” lab course, regular attendance is crucial.
   4 absences lowers the semester grade by one letter grade.
   8 absences lowers the semester grade by two letter grades.
   No performance quiz may be rescheduled, therefore missing a quiz will result in a 0 for that grade.  Mini, or “pop”
    quizzes, will not be made up.  5 points will be deducted for each day written work is turned in late.

Honor Code:  Students are expected to live by the Longwood Honor Code.  All work must be pledged.
 
 

Tentative Class Schedule

Week        Chapter/Topic
1               Chapter 1  Selections from pp. 21-23.  Review Worksheet 1, pp. 27-28.

2               Chapter 2  “Miniature Waltz,” p. 33.  “First Piece,” p. 34.  Selections from p. 36. Review Worksheet 2, pp. 37-38.

3               Chapter 3  pp. 40-41.  “Study,” p. 42.  Technique, p. 45.  Selection from pp. 46-47.  Selection from pp. 48-49.  Improvisation, p. 64.

4               Chapter 4  pp. 54-55.  “Dance,” p. 56, transpose to G-flat.  Technique, p. 58.  Selections from pp. 60-61.  Improvisation, p. 64.

5              Performance Quiz I

 

6               Second class Chapter 5  pp. 66-67.  Selections from pp. 69-71. Harmonization, p. 72. Ensemble “Barcarolle,” p. 74.  Review Worksheet 3, pp. 75-76.  Chapter 6 pp. 79-80.  Technique p. 85.  Selections from pp. 86-87.   Harmonization selections, p. 88. Improvisation, p. 89.

7               Chapter 7  pp. 93-95.  “Little Prelude,” p. 96.  Selections from pp. 96-97.  Selection from p. 98. Improvisation, p. 99.  “Erie Canal” ensemble, p. 100.  Review Worksheet 4, pp. 101-102.

8               First class, FALL BREAK.  Chapter 8  pp. 104-105.  Technique, p. 106.  “Scherzo,” p. 107. Ensemble, p. 108.  Selections from pp. 109-110.

9                Chapter 9  pp. 112-116.  Technique, p. 119.  Selections from pp. 122-123.  Harmonization, p. 123.

10               Chapter 10  Triads of the Key (Scale), C, F, G, p. 125.  Scales and arpeggios pp.126-129.  Reading selections pp. 131-132.  One harmonization, p. 133.  One improvisation, p. 134.  Review Worksheet 5,  pp. 135-136.

11             Performance Quiz II.

12              Chapter 11  Triads, pp. 138-141.  “Etude,” p. 143.  Reading No. 1, p. 144.  One harmonization, p. 145.  Improvisations, p. 155.  Chapter 12  Dominant sevenths, pp. 148-149.  “Dance,”p. 151.  No. 4, p. 152.  Selections from pp. 153-154.  Improvisations, p. 155.

13                Chapter 13  Subdominant, p. 157.  Selections from pp. 160-161.  Selections from pp. 162-163. 12-bar blues improvisation, p. 164.  Second Class, THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

14                Chapter 14  Primary chords, p. 166.  “Funny Event,” p. 167.  Selections from pp.169-170. Harmonizations from pp. 171-172.  Improvisation, p. 173.

15               Chapter 15  Review Worksheet 6, pp. 185-186.  “Minuet in G Major,” p. 182.    Review for final exam.