CCOG for MUS 190 Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUS 190
Course Title:
Introduction to Piano
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Course Description

Group 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

Homework assignments

Listening assignments

Concert reports

Research project

Class participation

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.