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Course : Piano Class 4

Course Number
MUSC 1151
Section Number
Spring 2023
Fain Fine Arts Center, B124
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, May 08, 2023 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

·        Students will reinforce and continue developing skills:

·        Learn keyboard technique including posture, hand position, and finger patterns

·        Sight-read simple music using both hands (i.e. folk songs)

·        Develop musicianship skills including ear training and rhythmic reading

·        Learn major and minor scales

·        Harmonize and improvise accompaniment to simple songs

·        Learn chord progressions

·        Transpose simple melodies

·        Perform simple pieces hands together

·        Implement music theory into piano performance

Students are required to participate in all class activities and practice daily to develop and acquire piano skills. Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner so that all students may learn without distraction and disruption.


College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly. Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct class or the ability of the other students to benefit from instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from class, either temporarily or permanently (instructor drop), and receive a final lower grade, up to and including an F. In addition, and depending on the nature of the behavior or conduct, the student(s) may be subject to further disciplinary actions as per MSU policies.

Students receive weekly assignments to complete from Alfred's Piano Book and supplemental materials. Practicing outside of class to complete them is expected. Students are expected to complete all assigned activities and pass designated proficiencies. Assignments are individualized for each student; however, semester 3 is to cover Group III major scales, major and minor chord progressions, and one prepared piece; semester 4 covers prepared melodic accompaniment, sight-reading, transposition, and the 2nd prepared piece.

Piano Class is a performance class. Students participate daily in individual and group activities. Activities are cumulative in organization, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. Students may miss class twice without a final grade reduction. Each absence more than the two allotted absences reduces the final grade ten points. Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities - singing, rhythmic reading, practicing assigned material, and performing individually and as an ensemble. Tardy arrival to class will count as 1/2 of an absence and will affect the student's grade accordingly. Note: The instructor may drop a student from the course for excessive absences (5 or more).

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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