Music 121 Basic Musicianship: Class Piano, Fall 1996
202 Smith Hall
Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 6:45
Gilbert DeBenedetti, Instructor
- DeBenedetti, G. Pathways to Harmony
- DeBenedetti, G. Piano Playing Made Easy
- DeBenedetti, G. Piano Playing: Popular Songs Made Easy is also available if anyone has already had experience playing the piano.
- Access to a music keyboard for daily practice.
Description of the Course
This course will teach you to play the piano and introduce you to music notation and music theory.
I assume that you are beginning the course with no keyboard skills and that your playing will improve steadily throughout the term. I also assume that you initially know nothing about music notation. The music theory that you will learn will help you to understand music notation and the structure behind the music that you hear and play. It will help answer questions like, ³What notes sound good together and why?²
During the first part of each class I will teach music theory. Questions will be answered about assignments in the workbooks and new material will be presented. During the remainder of each class, students will come to the piano individually to receive feedback about their progress and to receive assignments to play for the following week. The other students meanwhile will work in their workbooks. Students can expect to be heard at the piano once every week for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Weekly piano lessons will count for 25% of your final grade. You will not be judged against other students regarding the rate at which you learn to play the piano. Learning this skill is more variable from student to student than learning academic subjects. So try not to compare yourself to other students in the class.
- A Performance final will count for 25% of your final grade. The performance final will be a memorized holiday piece. This will be a satisfying accomplishment that you can take away from this class.
- Music theory tests will count for 50% of your final grade.
- Workbooks will not be graded. Get feedback in class by asking questions about your assignments.
- Attendance will affect borderline grades.
Music Theory Calendar
Listed below are the chapters in the workbooks and the dates when they will be covered in class. Each chapter will take 2 class periods to study.
||CHAPTER IN WORKBOOK|
|AUG 28 - SEP 2
||1. The Keyboard and Treble Clef|
|SEP 4 - SEP 9
||2. Bass Clef|
|SEP 11 - SEP 16
|SEP 23 - SEP 25
||4. Major Scales; The Circle of Fifths|
|SEP 30 - OCT 2
||5. Major Key Signatures|
|OCT 7 - OCT 9
||6. The Natural Minor Scale and Minor Key Signatures|
|OCT 16- OCT 18
||7. Writing Minor Scales with Key Signatures|
|OCT 23 - OCT 28
||8. Intervals |
|OCT 30 - NOV 4
||9. More About Thirds...|
|NOV 11 - NOV 13
|NOV 18 - NOV 20
||11. Scale Degrees and Roman Numerals|
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