Piano Department

Secondary Piano Program

Majors

P111 (2 cr., 2 hrs/wk):

[Syllabus]

This course is taught in a classroom/piano laboratory environment, and is intended for those with little or no keyboard background. The student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to:

  • play all white-key Major scales (hands together and with correct fingering) 2 octaves
  • play all white-key Major hand-over-hand arpeggios
  • identify Major and minor key signatures
  • play Major and minor pentascales (five-finger patterns) starting on any note
  • sight read simple pieces (hands together) with up to two flats or sharps
  • play chord progressions (I-IV-I-V7-I) in all Major keys
  • harmonize a simple melody
P121 (2 cr., 2 hrs/wk):

[Syllabus]

This course is taught in a classroom/piano laboratory environment, and assumes that students are familiar with most of the material covered in P111. The student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to:

  • play all Major and white-key minor scales (hands together and with correct fingering) 4 octaves
  • play all Major and white-key minor hand-over-hand arpeggios
  • play chord progressions (I-IV-I-V7-I) in all Major and white-key minor keys
  • sight read pieces (hands together) which involve an individual line in each hand (not just right-hand melody and left-hand chords)
  • read easy four-part vocal scores (not necessarily at sight)
  • play "My Country 'tis of Thee" in chorale-style ("hymn-style")
  • transpose simple pieces
P131 (2 cr., 2 hrs/wk):

[Syllabus]

This course is taught in a classroom/piano laboratory environment, and assumes that students are familiar with most of the material covered in P121. The student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to:

  • play all Major and harmonic minor scales (hands together and with correct fingering) 4 octaves
  • play all Major and minor arpeggios (hands together) 4 octaves
  • play Major-minor 7th and fully-diminished arpeggios starting on white keys (hands together) 4 octaves
  • play chord progressions involving secondary dominants and ii and vi chords in Major keys
  • play easy four-part quartet scores, including alto clef
  • sight-read alto clef
  • sight-read pieces that involve simple scale-passages
P141 (2 cr., 2 hrs/wk):

[Syllabus]

This course is taught in a classroom/piano laboratory environment, and assumes that students are familiar with mos toif the material covered in P121. The student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to:

  • play all Major and harmonic minor scales (hands together and with correct fingering) 4 octaves
  • play all Major and minor arpeggios (hands together) 4 octaves
  • play Major-minor 7th and fully-diminished arpeggios starting on any key (hands together) 4 octaves
  • sight-read easy four-part vocal scores
  • sight-read pieces that involve one hand playing two separate voices some of the time
P100 (2 cr., 1 hr/wk)

[Syllabus]

This course is intended for those students who have passed P141 or who can play at a comparable or more advanced level. Instruction in this course is one-on-one with an instructor in a weekly private lesson. Material covered in this course is indidvidually determined by the instructor to match the student's musical and technical needs. A student who has completed P141 but still needs to pass his or her proficiency should enroll in this course.

P700 (2cr., 1 hr/wk)

[Syllabus]

See P100. Graduate students who would like to take secondary piano should enroll for this course instead of for P100.