MUS271
CLASS PIANO III

Fall 2017

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!
•Office hours are Monday 4–5 pm in D206 or by appointment

EXAM 1 — OCT 2 (or OCT 4) in room D206

1. Perform a piece you have prepared (you choose from the following):
Waltz (pg. 243), Ecossaise (pg. 254), or Etude in C major (p. 263)
• Goal: To demonstrate an accurate and musical performance of the piece that includes indicated tempo, dynamics, and articulation.

2. Sight reading — Instructor will present a piece to sightread similar to those encountered in class.
• Goal: You will be asked to identify at least one pattern in the piece, its chord progression, or other analytical facts that will help you succeed. Play as accurately as possible at a SLOW, comfortable, steady tempo, without pause.

And one of the following tasks, chosen at random:

3. Ab, Eb, or Bb major scale, 1+2 octaves hands together up and down
• Goal: Use of correct body/hand position and an even, clean, legato sound at ~92 bpm

4. Chord progression 10–24 (vi chord) in any of the keys given
• Goal: Demonstrate progressions with smooth, confident transitions between chords and correct fingering

5. Harmonizations from units 19–21 as written (not transposed)
• Goal: Demonstrated accurate harmonizations using chords given or covered in class in steady tempo

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
11:00 Elise
11:08 Delaney
11:16 Dan
11:24 Tyler
11:32 Christina
11:40 Nate

2:00 Jay
2:08 Mandi
2:16 Remy
2:24 Jake
2:32 Mikayla
2:40 Isaiah

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
2:00 Tom
2:08 Ryan
2:16 Collin
2:24 Brandon
2:32 Ben
2:40 Emily

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SEPT 25 —
Unit 21: iii chord & Bb major scale (focus on harmonizations pg. 266–267)

SEPT 20 —
Unit 20

SEPT 18 —
Unit 20: vi chord — QUIZ 1 + Individual project proposal due
Homework:
Practice Unit 20 — vi chord progression on pg. 253 + chords used in harmonizations pg. 258-9

QUIZ 1 — SEPT 18:
You will be asked to demonstrate two of the following:
— Ab or Eb major scale — 2 octaves hands together up and down
— Chord progressions 10–1 using ii (begins with tonic pitch in soprano) in one of the keys listed on p. 242
— One harmonization using ii (p. 248–249)


SEPT 13
Unit 20: vi chord — Individual Project Proposals due Monday via email (send PDF of music, too)
Homework: Practice Ab major and Eb major scales hands separately and together, 1-2 octaves. Review chord progressions using ii in all keys listed (pg. 242) and harmonizations (pg. 248-249) to prepare for your quiz.

SEPT 11
Unit 19: ii chord
Homework: Practice Ab major scale hands separately and together, 1–2 octaves
Practice exercises on pg. 246–251: (sightreading and harmonization) and review chord progressions using ii in all keys listed (PDF)chords for harmonizations on pg. 248–249 (PDF)

SEPT 6
— Introductions / Syllabus / Unit 19: ii chord
Homework: Practice Ab major scale hands separately and together, 1–2 octaves
Practice exercises on pg. 241–245: (chord progressions using ii, in all keys listed)


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COURSE RESOURCES

•Textbook: E.L. Lancaster and Kenon D. Renfrow, Alfred's Group Piano for Adults Book 1, 2nd ed., Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 2004.
•Syllabus (PDF)

List of scales
Debussy Children's Corner
Bartók Mikrokosmos (vol. 3 + vol. 4)
IMSLP (score archive)

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IMPORTANT DATES

• SEPT 6 — Fall 2016 classes begin

• SEPT 18 — QUIZ 1 — INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE

• OCT 2 — EXAM 1

• OCT 9 — NO CLASS — GO TO PRONK!

• OCT 11 — QUIZ 2

• OCT 18 — INDIVIDUAL PROJECT CHECK-IN

• OCT 30 — EXAM 2

• NOV 8 — QUIZ 3

• NOV 13 — VETERANS DAY — NO CLASS

• NOV 20 — QUIZ 4

• NOV 27 + 29 — INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

• FINAL EXAM TIMES:
Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8–11 am (11 am21041)
Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11:30–2:30 pm (2 pm)

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PRACTICING HINTS AND ADVICE

Advice to a College Music Student
NPR: 10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice
How Many Hours A Day Should You Practice?
Is Slow Practice Really Necessary?

Mary Prescott's extremely helpful Practice Tips & Guidelines
NPR: The Young Person's Guide to Making Music

NPR: Getting Kids to Practice Music Without Tears or Tantrums