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3 Chapter 2 PentascalesESSEX COUNTY COLLEGEHumanities DivisionMUS 131 – Keyboard Class ICourse OutlineCourse Number & Name: MUS 131 Keyboard Class ICredit Hours: 2.0 Contact Hours: 2.0 Lecture: 2.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/APrerequisites: None Co-requisites: None Concurrent Courses: NoneCourse Outline Revision Date: Fall 2010Course Description: Music students apply their knowledge of music theory to the keyboard in class anddevelop sufficient technique and facility to classify piano as their major requirement. Developingknowledge and facility with primary and secondary chords and their use in song accompanimentpatterns is emphasized. Although the course requires group work in developing keyboard facility andreading of music notation, opportunity is also provided for individual attention and performance.Subsequent enrollment will provide the student an opportunity for additional skill and competencydevelopment. This is the first course in a series of four: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 231, and MUS 232. Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:1. play major scales and arpeggios (hands together, 1 octave) with reasonable speed and accuracy;2. play chord progressions in most major keys and harmonize melodies (written and improvised) usingthese progressions;3. transpose melodies and harmonies to other keys; and4. perform repertoire pieces of increasing difficulty.Measurable Course Performance Objectives (MPOs): Upon successful completion of this course,students should specifically be able to do the following:1. Play major scales and arpeggios (hands together, 1 octave) with reasonable speed and accuracy:1.1 perform exercises for keyboard skill development including five-finger pattern exercises;1.2 play major scales and arpeggios (hands together, 1 octave) with reasonable speed; and1.3 play major scales and arpeggios (hands together, 1 octave) with reasonable accuracy2. Play chord progressions in most major keys and harmonize melodies (written and improvised) usingthese progressions:2.1 perform chord progressions in most major keys; and2.2 harmonize melodies using chord progressions in most major keys;2.3 improvise melodies over chord patternspage 1prepared by R Alston, Fall 2010Measurable Course Performance Objectives (MPOs) (continued):3. Transpose melodies and harmonies to other keys:3.1 transpose melodies to keys other than the notated key; and3.2 transpose chords to keys other than the notated key4. Perform repertoire pieces of increasing difficulty:4.1 sight read piano music from the grand staff at the keyboard;4.2 perform standard repertoire for the piano;4.3 perform piano compositions which use the pedal (legato or syncopated pedaling)Methods of Instruction: Instruction will consist of a combination of lectures/discussions,demonstrations, videos and/or audio recordings, group activities and cooperative learning tasks,handouts, attendance of live performances, and written exercise assignment completion. The purposesof each method of instruction are as follows:- The instructor may give lectures/discussions and/or demonstrations in order to demonstrate a basicknowledge of the principles of piano technique and to apply them to the further development ofindividual technique.- The instructor may show videos and/or play audio recordings in order to solve novelmusical/pianistic problems at hand.- The instructor may organize group activities and cooperative learning tasks in order to promote acollaborative learning environment.- The instructor may distribute handouts in order to provide further resources for student learningopportunities.- The instructor may require students to attend live performances in order to gain perspective, whichwill allow the students to reflect critically on their own performances.- The instructor may assign written exercises on music notation in order to develop students’ musicnotation skills.Outcomes Assessment: Exam questions are blueprinted to course objectives. Rubrics are used toevaluate performances and recitals for the presence and mastery of course objectives. Data is collectedand analyzed to determine the level of student performance on these assessment instruments in regardsto meeting course objectives. The results of this data analysis are used to guide necessary pedagogicaland/or curricular revisions.Course Requirements: All students are required to:1. Maintain regular attendance.2. Take part in Keyboard Class ensemble exercises and ensemble repertoire.3. Take all exams (midterm and final) as scheduled.page 2prepared by R Alston, Fall 2010Methods of Evaluation: Final course grades will be computed as follows: % of Grading Components final course grade- Class and individual performances 10%Performances are critical to determine the extent to whichstudents have achieved the course objectives related toperforming/playing the keyboard.- Class participation and regular attendance 10%Students must be present to benefit from the musicalexpertise of the instructor and interaction withclassmates.- Midterm Examination 40%The Midterm Exam is designed to evaluate the extent ofstudent mastery of all course objectives covered in thefirst half of the course.- Final Examination and/or Recital 40%The Final Exam and/or Recital are/is designed to evaluatecomprehensive pianistic knowledge. It will provideevidence of the extent of student synthesis of coursecontent and mastery of all course objectives.Academic Integrity: Dishonesty disrupts the search for truth that is inherent in the learning process andso devalues the purpose and the mission of the College. Academic dishonesty includes, but is notlimited to, the following:- plagiarism – the failure to acknowledge another writer’s words or ideas or to give proper creditto sources of information;- cheating – knowingly obtaining or giving unauthorized information on any test/exam or anyother academic assignment;- interference – any interruption of the academic process that prevents others from the properengagement in learning or teaching; and- fraud – any act or instance of willful deceit or trickery.Violations of academic integrity will be dealt with


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