Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 140B
Course Title:
Group Piano II
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Course Description

Advanced beginner to intermediate instruction for piano. Develops practice skills, sight reading and technical form. Also covers music fundamentals, harmony, notation, improvisation, and stylistic nuances. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Group Piano II presents practical tools to further the development of basic piano skills. During class, students perform as an ensemble while following a tempo given by the instructor. Curriculum examines piano theory concepts, practicing habits, and various stylistic nuances. At the end of the term, students are encouraged to perform a solo piece" in the presence of the instructor.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The material in this course is presented in a lecture/lab format. Other educational methods may be employed such as discussion, dictation, and keyboard demonstrations. The student spends each class time in the piano lab. During lab activities, the instructor will observe the student's progress and answer any questions pertaining to subject matter. Students may be asked to perform specific skills.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Procedures used to evaluate student progress will be presented at the beginning of the course, with clarification of the instructor's expectations. Competency and grades will be determined according to the student's ability to perform assigned keyboard tasks during scheduled examinations. Written quizzes, homework assignments, creativity, participation, and regular attendance will also serve to gauge the outcome of a student's final grade.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Illustrate ability to play scales and exercises pertinent to the development of dexterity and form. Display proper fingering. Demonstrate ability to play at a steady tempo.
  • Memorize notation of the grand staff. Apply written notation to proper locations on the piano keyboard.
  • Identify names to common intervals, triads and seventh chords based on diatonic harmony. Invert triads on the piano keyboard in various positions.
  • Illustrate ability to sightread notation & rhythms.
  • Improvise a simple 12 bar progression when following a chord chart. Incorporate a walking bass line. Develop soloing techniques based on the blues" scale.
  • Retain and apply concepts pertaining to music theory. Time signatures, key signatures, counterpoint and circle of fifths.
  • Demonstrate ability to play musical selections chosen by the instructor.
  • Develop independence of hands and foot pedal technique.
  • Comprehend dynamic markings, repeat signs, codas and other common symbols.