MUS-132: Class Instruction in Piano II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-132 Class Instruction in Piano II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 studio hours

Credits: 1

Pre-requisites (if any): MUS-131, or MUS-111, or MUS-121 with a grade of C or better, or satisfactory score on the Music Placement Test

Course Description in college catalog:

The following courses offer group instruction in various musical instruments and voice for both the music major and the community. Students will supply their own instruments, with the exception of the piano and the larger percussion and string instruments. These courses may not be applied to the liberal arts and sciences core for the A.A. or A.S. degree.

(NOTE: this description only appears at the start of this course section titled “CLASS INSTRUCTION IN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND VOICE”)

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Music Production

A.S. Music

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Learning the basics of proper piano technique

2. Learning to play major and minor scales  

3. Integrating knowledge of music theory with keyboard skills

4. Cultivating fluent sight-reading skills

5. Learning to accompany simple melodies

6. Learning to play in ensemble settings (piano duet)

7. Fluently performing 2 pieces from the classical and/or popular repertoire

8. Learning to improvise and embellish on simple melodies

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.

Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

I. Class participation and assignments: 30% (you will be graded 2 times on prepared (playing) homework assignments (each assignment is 15% of your grade). Make sure to come to class ready to play assigned pieces and exercises.

II. Exams: 70% (tests 50% (25% each); final recital 20%). Final recital will take place during the finals week. Day and time will be scheduled by the Registrar.


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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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