Jul 02, 2022  

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MUS 131 - Piano I

Credits: 2
Beginning class instruction leading to the ability to play melodies and accompanying chord patterns and rhythms.

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 15 Lab Hours: 15
Meets MTA Requirement: Humanities
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Associate notes on the grand staff with the correct location on the keyboard.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the letter names of notes on grand staff and ledger lines.
    2. Apply letter names to black and white keys on piano.
    3. Demonstrate ability to read notation and play on piano.
    4. Demonstrate ability to read by interval from note to note.
  2. Read and perform rhythm patterns.
    1. Identify time value names for notes.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of relative note value.
    3. Determine meter indicated by meter signature.
    4. Demonstrate ability to tap/play and count rhythms in simple and compound meter using eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes.
  3. Perform piano pieces in major and minor keys.
    1. Perform short pieces in 5-finger positions, alternating left and right hand.
    2. Perform short pieces in 5-finger positions, hands together, parallel or contrary motion.
    3. Perform short pieces in 5-finger positions, melody with accord.
    4. Perform short pieces including more than one hand position.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of tempo indications, style, and dynamics in performance.
  4. Develop technical skills for piano playing.
    1. Demonstrate proper sitting posture.
    2. Demonstrate correct arm, hand, and finger position.
    3. Develop coordination between the hands.
    4. Demonstrate ability to distribute notes on grand staff to left and right hands.
    5. Develop eye-hand coordination for reading and playing by direction and interval.
    6. Apply different touches-legato phrasing, staccato, accents, and varying dynamic levels f to p.
  5. Transpose melodies and harmonize a given melody.
    1. Use whole and half step patterns to build major and minor 5-finger patterns and triads.
    2. Play major scales in tetra chord patterns.
    3. Transpose a 5-finger melody or simple piece from the key it is written in to other keys.
    4. Use tonic and dominant tones or chords to harmonize a melody.

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