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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog
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MUS 143 - Piano Class III (Majors)

1 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
0 lecture periods 2 lab periods

Continuation of MUS 142 . Incorporates intermediate piano instruction utilizing group and individual practice with electronic pianos. Includes scales, chords, arpeggios, harmonization of melodies, transpositions, repertoire pieces, technique and practice habits, sight reading, and score reading.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 142  
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Transpose selected chord progressions in major and harmonic minor keys.
  2. Play all major and harmonic minor scales, two octaves, hands together.
  3. Play all major and minor arpeggios, two octaves, hands together.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to harmonize short major and minor pieces, utilizing primary and secondary chords in block form in various accompaniment patterns to reflect those found in piano literature.
  5. Perform transposition of short major and minor pieces.
  6. Perform repertoire pieces that represent various pianistic and musical challenges.

  1. Scales: All Major and Harmonic Minor Scales, Two Octaves, Hands Together
  2. Chords
    1. Review of previous work including triads and seventh chords and their inversions
    2. Chord progressions utilizing secondary dominant chords, all major keys
    3. Chord progressions utilizing substitute chords
  3. Arpeggios: All Major and Minor Arpeggios, Two Octaves, Hands Together
  4. Harmonizations of Major and Minor Pieces Using Primary and Secondary Chords in Various Accompaniment Patterns
  5. Transpositions of Pieces Presenting More Textural Complexity Than Previously Studied
  6. Repertory Pieces Presenting the Following:
    1. Contrapuntal and homophonic textures
    2. Variety of forms
    3. Continuation of more textural complexity requiring extended hand positions and position shifts with pivots at the thumb
  7. Technique and Practice Habits
    1. Good posture and practice habits
    2. Practicing isolated problems separately and at slower tempos
    3. Effective and clean use of pedal where appropriate
    4. Analysis of form, tonality, harmonic function, and texture
    5. Blocking of textures by harmonies and hand positions
    6. Reading ahead, grouping notes visually by beats and by harmonic shapes
    7. Control of dynamics and the projection of melodic lines over accompaniments
    8. Control of legato and staccato articulation
    9. Smooth pivoting at the thumb and position preparation in hand position shifts
  8. Sight Reading: Continuation of Piano II
  9. Score Reading: Playing of Single-Line Melodies in Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass With Two Hands

(Open Score)

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/2019

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