Syllabus

MUS126B - Piano Fundamentals

Fall 2013

AV3 Speed Library

Dr. Michael Rushing        

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Jonathan Henriques        

mrushing@mc.edu        

Aven 203        

925-3230        

Prerequisite:

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

Textbook:  

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 126 is the first semester of a four semester course which covers the basic keyboard skills required of all music majors.  By passing MUS 126 and MUS 127, 326, and 327, 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.

Objectives:

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.

Assessment:

There will be two major exams during the semester, as well as a final exam.  The two major exams will occur around the 5th and 12th weeks of the semester.  The instructor may change the schedule of exams if necessary.  Along with exams, there will be regular playing quizzes and a class participation grade.

Video submissions/Class participation:        

20%

Exam 1:

20%

Exam 2:

20%

Final:

40%

Video Submission Assignments:

Throughout the course of the semester, you will be expected to regularly submit recorded assignments via Moodle. Instructions detailing this process are provided in Moodle. You are not required to submit assignments using the method provided in the given instructions, but you must submit a video that shows your face, hands, and keyboard for each given assignment. This may be done using your own laptop/webcam in a practice room or from home, but can also be done using the technology lab using the instruction sheet provided.

Video assignment schedule

Week 2:        Repertoire assignment

Week 4:        Major 5-finger-pattern assignment

Week 5:        Minor 5-finger-pattern assignment

Week 6:         IN-CLASS EXAM

Week 7:        Repertoire assignment

Week 8:        Fall Break

Week 9:        Group 1 Major scale assignment

Week 10:        Group 2 Major scale assignment

Week 11:        Repertoire assignment

Week 12:        IN-CLASS EXAM

Week 13:         TBA

Week 14:        Thanksgiving        

Week 15:        Primary chord assignment

Week 16:        Review/Technique Tournament/FINAL EXAM

*This schedule may be amended as needed by the instructor.

Practice partnerships/Technique Tournament

Each student will be part of a practice partnership. Each partnership is required to meet once per complete week of school in a practice room for practice and perform class materials for one another. Each partnership is required to complete a journal entry in a Google document provided for and shared with the instructor. This journal entry will be figured into students’ class participation grade.

Grading scale for practice partnerships:

Meet 9 weeks and complete 9 journal entries:                        20 points

Meet 8 weeks and complete 8 journal entries:                        14 points

Meet 7 weeks and complete 7 journal entries:                        8 points

Meet 6 weeks and complete 6 journal entries:                        2 points

Meet 5 or fewer weeks and complete 5 or fewer entries:        0 points

Grading Scale:

        A        90-100

        B        80-89

        C        70-79

        D        60-69

        F        <59

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:

October 31

Disability Accommodations:

In order for a student to receive disability accommodations under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, he or she must contact Student Counseling Services (SCS). SCS will assist with information regarding the appropriate policy and procedure for disability accommodations before each semester or upon immediate recognition of the disability. SCS is located in Alumni Hall Room #4 or you may contact them by phone at 601-925-7790. The Director of Student Counseling Services, Dr. Bryant may be reached via email at mbryant@mc.edu