MUS 236: Keyboard Skills IV
Winter 2002

Section 1 (#64262): TR 8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Norman
Office: HFA Rm. 216, Phone: 777-2827
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 11:00, or by appointment.

Text and Materials:

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

Course Content:

Continued development of piano technique, solo, duet and accompaniment repertoire, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and sight-reading through an exploration of the following:

  • Diatonic Seventh Chords in Major and Minor/Secondary Seventh Chords
  • Altered/Borrowed Triads
  • Altered Seventh Chords/Extended Harmonies (Ninth, Thirteenth)


Grades will be determined by your progress and preparation for classes, the quality of your assignments, and finally by your performance on the final class recital/jury. The final recital/jury represents the culmination of your four semesters of class piano study and as such is given great importance when the final grade is assigned. Without written professional confirmation of a medical emergency, failure to perform in this recital will result in a grade of F for the course.

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. Grades will be determined by performance on tests and assignments. By advance arrangement and for legitimate reasons, students may receive permission to reschedule tests and assignment deadlines. Without advance arrangement, tests will be rescheduled only in the case of documented emergencies. A missed test will result in a grade of zero for that test. Without advance arrangement, late assignments will be penalized. See information above regarding the policy for a missed final recital jury.

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