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MUS 131 KEYBOARD CLASS I

MUS 131Keyboard Class I

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  MUS 131 Keyboard Class I

Credit Hours:  2.0             Contact Hours:  2.0          Lecture:  2.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  None

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: Music students apply their knowledge of music theory to the keyboard in class and develop sufficient technique and facility to classify piano as their major requirement.  Developing knowledge and facility with primary and secondary chords and their use in song accompaniment patterns is emphasized. Although the course requires group work in developing keyboard facility and reading of music notation, opportunity is also provided for individual attention and performance.  Subsequent enrollment will provide the student an opportunity for additional skill and competency development. This is the first course in a series of four: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 231, and MUS 232.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. play major scales and arpeggios (hands together, 1 octave) with reasonable speed and accuracy;
  2. play chord progressions in most major keys and harmonize melodies (written and improvised) using these progressions;
  3. transpose melodies and harmonies to other keys; and
  4. perform repertoire pieces of increasing difficulty.