Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUS 190
- Course Number:
- MUS 190
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Piano
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Course DescriptionGroup instruction in piano performance. Development of basic piano skills and the introduction to related musical concepts. Focus given to basic keyboard technique, note- reading, rhythm, chords and repertoire performance. No previous experience required. Not designed for Music majors. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
1. Use acquired knowledge of basic rhythms and melodies to continue to enhance listening skills.
2. Maintain strength in fingers and improved dexterity and flexibility through keyboard patterns and piano scales.
3. Use creative problem-solving developed through the ability to read and perform basic elementary level piano compositions
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The primary assessment method will be through applied keyboard
exams and exercises.
Other assessment methods may be used, including:
Qualitative and/or quantitative examinations
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Basic keyboard orientation and technique
Note-Reading and Rhythm-Reading Skills on the Treble and Bass
Major and Minor Five-Finger Patterns (pentascales)
Major and Minor Scales and Arpeggios
Basic Diatonic Chords and Triads (with Inversions)
Students will be able to read and perform basic rhythms and melodies
on the Treble and Bass Staff at sight.
Students will be able to read and perform basic elementary level piano
Students will be able to accurately perform Major and Minor Five-
Finger Patterns (pentascales), and construct and/or perform Major
and Minor Scales.
Students will be able to accurately construct and perform basic
diatonic triads, with inversions.