Piano Class I

Piano Class I


Spring 2012
01/17/2012 - 05/13/2012

Course Information

Section 003
TTh 16:20 - 17:40
NRG4 4155
Rosemary Watkins

Office Hours

  • T Th
    3:20 - 4:20

    In addition, by appointment.

Course Requirements



MUSI  1181

Piano Class I



Sp 2012   

Instructor: Rosemary C. Watkins

Phone: [512]  452-4177 (Home) 791-4495 (Cell)

Office Hours: 3:20 – 4:20  (and by appointment)

email address:  (preferred)


The course is a study of the essential elements of music as they relate to the development of piano performance skills. Musical learning includes reading and notating music, analysis of music, listening skills, sightreading, appropriate use of musical terminology, and expressive piano performance skills.  


Absence Policy: Three absences are allowed for any reason. The final grade will be lowered after three absences according to the following scale: 5 pts. per absence. Withdrawal: It is the student's responsibility to take any required steps for withdrawl and to observe all policies related to withdrawal 

Important:  Three tardies or three early departures (or a combination) from class equal one absence.

Academic Freedom: Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class discussion. It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussion.

Student Discipline: Students are expected to behave as responsible adults and to act courteously to their instructor and classmates.

Scholastic Dishonesty:“Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper, projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework.”

ODS Statement: “Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester.”




Palmer,W., Manus,M., and Lethco,A. Adult All-In-One Course. (Level 1) Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1996.  

Staff Paper (download from internet)

Personal ear buds or headphones are required. You will need a quarter inch adapter for a piano lab keyboard. Please have these items by the second day of class.

Course Subjects



Class Piano I


Sections 002 and 005

Wk 1                                            


Intro to course                                                                            

Intro continued                                                                                                                                  4-1

Wk 2                                             

Right/Left hands-C Position/Grand Staff                                                                                    12-18                       

Worksheet (It is important for you to do this!)                                                                             15

Students Choose Existing Calendar or Level II

Intro Ode to Joy (RH) and Aura Lee (LH)                                                                                   13,17                      

Practice Ode: Melodic 2nds and 3rds                                                                                         25-27

Refer to position on Grand Staff

Practice Aura: Melodic 4ths and 5ths                                                                                           28-31           

Level II: Add Jingle Bells and Dueling Harmonics                                                                     30-31

Any student can choose Level II


Practice Ode to Joy and Aura Lee  Proficiency I                                                                          13,17

Level II: Practice Jingle Bells and Dueling Harmonics                                                               30-31

Add any other piece such as Merrily, Largo                                                                                  35

Practice for Proficiency I

Wk 4

Proficiency I


Class activity: Play one chord songs in C                                                                                  33

Level II: Go forward in text to your appropriate level

(Continue to go forward throughout semester)

Write down or mark selected pieces

Introduction to two-chord songs in C

C Major chord and G7 Major chord                                                                                             32, 35

Class Activity Exercise for C and G7                                                                                                 34

Level II: Go forward in text to your appropriate level

 Write down or mark selected pieces

Wk 5                                             

C and G7  pieces (two-chord)                                                                                                           35-43                            

Select two-chord piece for proficiency                                                                                            37-43                                    

(Both hand together or alternating)                              

Exercises  (bottom of pages)                                                                                                             34,36           

Practice Two-chord piece for Proficiency II                                                       

 Repeat exercises before practice                                                                                                    34,36                

Wk 6                     

Practice for Proficiency II                                                          

Practice for Proficiency II (dress rehearsal)                                   

Choose one other student for audience (practice room)                                                

Wk 7                                  

Proficiency II    


Introduce the last primary chord in C: F                                                                                             44-49       

Handout of chord progression            

Review Quiz I                        

Bring three questions you think should be on quiz.                                                                       

Wk 8                         

Quiz I       

Handout of closest position chord progressions           

Review F chord/add to C and G7                                                                       

Chord Progressions (primary chords) for key of C                                                                   45

Note closest position                                 

Proficiency III Preparation

C Major keyboards of I, IV, V7, I in closest position         

C to G7 marked on keyboards                                                                                                     34        

C to F marked on keyboards                                                                                                        44        

Proficiency III Requirements                                   

Check-off for chord progressions at any time.                                      

Play closest position I, IV, V7, I progression in keys:                                                            65

Check            C Major ­­­­    ________

                        G Major     ________

                         F Major      ________                                         

"Challenge substitute" for Proficiency III :   Circle            C, G, F, D, Bb,A, Eb                                  

Use arpeggios (broken) for one key (other than C)

Goal is to accompany singing

Wk 9                                

Select two pieces in different keys to accompany  from instructor’sbook                                      

Student plays LH chord accompaniment while class sings           

Practice chord progressions, arpeggios, and accompaniment patterns (handout)

Wk 10                                

Continue to work on chord progressions

Work on your two pieces for accompaniment                                                                                   

Practice both pieces. Circle problem spots. Instructor will assist.                                    

Wk 11                                 

Practice Proficiency III                        

Continue practice. Record one hand on keyboard and accompany with                              

the other. Listen and correct mistakes. Mark mistakes.                                           

Wk 12                                             

Dress Rehearsal for Accompaniment Project                                    

Students form pairs and play for each other (Practice room)                      

Proficiency III

Wk 13                                  

Class Discussion Relative Minor and Blues Progressions   126-136                               

Select two pieces for Final Proficiency

a minor or d minor and Blues selection                      

One selection from any source with instructor approval)                  

Review Quiz II (final quiz)

Wk 14                                  

Quiz II                                  

Consult with professor about final pieces                                    

Sightread proficiency pieces and select two                                      

(yes, two as in two) that are a challenge                                  

but within your capabilities                      

Wk 15

Practice both pieces for Final Proficiency                          

Mark problem spots and discuss with instructor

Wk 16                                 

Select a partner and critique performances                                 

Practice rooms or use two headphones                               

Choose one of the pieces for the final

 Final Proficiency           




Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives


COURSE OBJECTIVES provide opportunities for the student to:

                1)    develop musical/technical skills needed to perform selected repertoire with expression

                2)    demonstrate the ability to read pitch and rhythmic notation

3)     demonstrate the ability to articulate the basic elements of music and related


4)     develop ability to sightread selected repertoire

There are four assessment opportunities for student performances (in-class recitals) that show advancing skill levels. Prior to the recitals, student work in pairs to critique each other. An evaluation sheet has been designed to cover the course objectives. There is self-evaluation for each performance as well as professor-evaluation.
Two quizzes cover the basic musical knowledge necessary for musical/technical skill in performance.