MUS 127B – Piano Fundamentals

Spring 2013

AV3 Speed Library

Dr. Michael Rushing

Aven 203

Extension 3230


        Music majors by instructor’s or advisor’s consent.


Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, Second Ed.  Lancaster and Renfrow

Course Description:

Piano is a central element in any music degree program.  It prepares the student for the areas of a teaching career, for the ministry of church music, or for advanced professional training.  

MUS 127 is the second semester of a two semester course which covers the basic keyboard skills required of all music majors.  By passing MUS 126 and MUS 127, the music major will automatically receive credit for MUS 066, Piano Proficiency, which is required in each music degree.  Students must register for MUS 066 during the semester completing the requirements.


In keeping with the objective of the Department of Music to prepare students to be wholly prepared for careers in music, the group piano program provides students with the functional piano skills necessary to all musicians.  These skills will be helpful to students in fulfilling requirements of the Department of Music, and will be used in every career involving music.


Playing exams will be given every three weeks.  There will be two major exams during the semester, as well as a final exam.  The two major exams will occur around the 6th and 12th weeks of the semester.  The instructor may change the schedule of exams if necessary.  Along with exams, there will be occasional quizzes and a class participation grade.

Quizzes/Class participation:        10%

Exam 1:                        25%

Exam 2:                        25%

Final:                                40%

Course schedule:

        Week 3:        Graded quiz

        Week 6:        Exam 1

        Week 9:        Graded quiz

        Week 12:        Exam 2


Attendance policy:

The student is expected to attend every class meeting with the exception of excused absences for sickness or emergency.  A doctor’s excuse is required for an excused absence due to illness.  It will be left to the discretion of the instructor to excuse absences due to emergencies that cannot be verified with a doctor’s excuse.

The student is allowed TWO unexcused absences per semester.  Every unexcused absence after that will result in the lowering of the student’s final grade by one letter.

        Every three tardies will result in one unexcused absence.

Academic Integrity Policy:

Mississippi College students are expected to be scrupulously honest.  Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism or furnishing false information, including forgery, alteration or misuse of College documents, records or identification, will be regarded as a serious offense subject to severe penalty, including, but not limited to, loss of credit and possible dismissal.  See MC  Policy 2.19 for the complete and official policy.


Last day to drop a class:

        March 23

Disability Accommodations:

        In order for a student to receive disability accommodations under Section 504 of the                 Americans with Disabilities Act, he or she must schedule an individual meeting with the                 Director of Student Counseling Services immediately upon recognition of their                         disability(if their disability is known they must come in before the semester begins or                 make an appointment immediately upon receipt of their syllabi for the new semester).                 The student must bring with them written documentation from a medical physician and/or         licensed clinician that verifies their disability. If the student has received prior                         accommodations, they must bring written documentation of those accommodations                 (example Individualized Education Plan from the school system).  Documentation must                 be current (within 3 years).The student must meet with SCS face-to face and also                 attend two (2) additional follow up meetings (one mid semester before or after midterm                 examinations and the last one at the end of the semester). Please note that the student                 may also schedule additional meetings as needed for support through SCS as they work                 with their professor throughout the semester.

Note: Students must come in each semester to complete their Individualized Accommodation Plan (example: MC student completes fall semester IAP plan and even if student is a continuing student for the spring semester they must come in again to complete their spring semester IAP plan).

Student Counseling Services is located in Alumni Hall Room #4 or they may be                         contacted via email at or You may also reach them by                 phone at 601-925-7790.