MUS 131K: Keyboard Skills I
Fall 2000

Section 1 (#04651): TR 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Section 2 (#04669): TR 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Norman
Office: HFA Rm. 216, Phone: 777-2827
Office Hours: Tuesday noon - 1p.m. , 3:00 p.m. - 4: 00 p.m., or by appointment.

Text and Materials:

  • Piano for the Developing Musician (Comprehensive edition)
    by Martha Hilley and Lynn Freeman Olson (Wadsworth Publishing Company)
  • Computer Disks (high density, any format)
  • Additional solo, duet, and accompanying repertoire if required

Course Content:

Development of basic piano technique and applied musicianship skills through an exploration of the following:

  • Intervals
  • Pentascales
  • Root Position Chords
  • Triads, Inversions, and Dominant Seventh Chords


Grades will be calculated on the basis of your progress and preparation for classes (as determined pop quizzes, sight-reading and prepared tests), the quality of your recorded disk assignments, and lastly by your performance on the final playing exam.

In accordance with university policy, a missed final playing exam will result in a grade of "F" for the course. University policy will also apply in incidences of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. For more information on university policy on these matters, consult the Academic Catalog and the Code of Student Life, Section 3-3.

Major Assignment/Exam Content, Due Dates, and Grade Allocation

Assignment 1 (Intervals): 09/12 and 09/21 - 15%
Assignment 2 (Pentascales): 10/05 and 10/17 - 20%
Assignment 3 (Root Position Triads): 11/07 and 11/14 - 20%
Assignment 4/Final Exam (Intervals, Pentascales and Triads/Dominant Sevenths): 12/14 and 12/18 - 30%
Pop Quizzes, Sight-Reading, Tests and Other Assignments - Throughout the semester - 15%

Independent, effective, daily practice is a pre-requisite for success as a musician. Learning how to practice efficiently is one of the major goals of this course. Plan on practicing at least 25 minutes per day to consolidate material presented in class.

What Your Letter Grade Means

A - Unusually high degree of effort and progress with mastery of the assigned materials.

B - Highly satisfactory effort, progress, and performance of the assigned materials.

C - Adequate effort and progress with generally competent performance of the assigned materials.

D - Inadequate effort, progress, and performance of the assigned materials, but enough effort and progress to warrant a passing grade.

F - Unsatisfactory work.

Attendance and Missed/Rescheduled Test and Assignment Policy:

Regular, punctual attendance is expected. By advance arrangement and for legitimate reasons, students may receive permission to reschedule test and assignment deadlines. Without advance arrangement, assignments and tests will be rescheduled only in the case of documented emergencies. A missed test or assignment will result in a grade of zero for that test or assignment. Without advance arrangement, late assignments will be penalized. See information above regarding the policy for a missed final playing exam.

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Last Updated: 21 August 2000