MUSC 233: Keyboard Skills III
Fall 2001

Section 1 (#27715): TR 8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Norman
Office: HFA Rm. 216, Phone: 777-2827
Office Hours: Monday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. and noon - 1 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. - 11 a.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)

Course Content:

In this course, you will further develop your basic musicianship skills through playing the piano. Your work will include the study of piano technique, solo and duet repertoire, harmonization of melodies, styles of accompanying, transposition, improvisation, and sight-reading, as well as a reinforcement of concepts in music theory (secondary dominants, ii-V7-I progression, harmonic implications of common modes).


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 and Grade Allocation

Chapter 9 (Secondary dominants/Styles of Accompanying) - 20%
Chapter 10 (ii-V7-I Progression) - 20%
Chapter 11 (Harmonic Implications of Common Modes) - 30%
Final Exam - 20%
Pop Quizzes, Sight-Reading, Tests and Other Assignments - 10%

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 tests and assignment deadlines. Without advance arrangement, tests and assignment will be rescheduled only in the case of documented emergencies. A missed test will result in a grade of zero for that test. Late assignments will be penalized, usually at the rate of one letter grade per day late. See information above regarding the policy for a missed final playing exam.

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Last Updated: 27 August 2001