MUS271
CLASS PIANO III

Fall 2016

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!
•Office hours are now Monday and Wednesday 1–1:50 pm in D206.

FINAL EXAM
Please be prepared to...
1. Perform a solo repertoire piece of your choice from chapters 23–26 (this includes the "supplemental solo repertoire" section at the back) as accurately and musically as possible.
and execute two of the three following activities:

2. One scale and arpeggio (any we have learned up to this point, 2 octaves, hands together = Ab, Eb, F#m, C#m, G#m, Bbm, Ebm) or modal/other scale from unit 24-25 (Blues RH only, Whole Tone + Chromatic 1 octave as written in book)
3. Harmonize a melody from the book (with or without 7ths) + transpose it
4. Wild card — Sightread a piece or improvise over a given chord progression (may or may not be 12-bar blues) in key of your choice.
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DEC 19 — 11:30 am–2:30 pm — FINAL EXAM (2 pm section) in D206
11:30 — Jacob
11:45 — Joe
12:00 — Nick
12:15 — Melena
12:30 — Sam
12:45 — Katherine
1:00 — Justine
1:15 — Moriah
1:30 — Lucas
1:45 — Scotty
2:00 — Matt

DEC 14 — 8–11 am — FINAL EXAM (11 am section) in D206
9:45 Austin
10:00 Jen
10:15 David
10:30 Tyler
10:45 Mallory

DEC 5 + 7 — Practice Week

NOV 30 — Individual Project Performance / Practice
11 am class will meet in H106
2 pm class will meet in Concert Hall (unless all performances complete)

NOV 28 — Individual Project Performances
11 am class will meet in C100
2 pm class will meet in the Concert Hall

NOV 23 — NO CLASS

NOV 21 — QUIZ 4 — Modes
For Quiz 4, please be prepared to...
1. Play one of the following scales hands together: chromatic, whole tone, blues, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian (hands together as notated in the book, except modes which you will play hands together in octaves for one octave up and down)
2. Sight-read an easy piece (written in C major) transposed to one of the four modes above (D, P, L, M).

NOV 16 — Modes
Practice unit 25: Play modal scales in different keys to prepare for quiz. Save harmonizations/improvisation for next week.

NOV 14 — Other Scale Structures
Practice unit 24, including improvisation on 12-bar blues in C

NOV 9 — QUIZ 3 — Other Scale Structures
For Quiz 3, please be prepared to demonstrate 2 of the 3 following exercises:
1. Play any seventh chord in any inversion (hands together).
2. Play any three seventh chords given their context in a major key (IV7 in C = Fmaj7) in root position (hands together).
3. Play a given seventh chord by arpeggiating each inversion up and down (C7 = C-E-G-Bb, E-G-Bb-C, etc.)

NOV 7 — Seventh Chords
Practice Unit 23, sightreading, harmonizations, improvisation (pg. 289–295)

NOV 2 — Seventh Chords
Practice Unit 23, building 7th chords, inversions, in context of key (pg. 284–288)

OCT 31 — EXAM 2 —
F#m, C#m, G#m, Bbm, Ebm
—Practice improvising in unit 22 minor keys using every diatonic chord, RH melody with LH accompaniment in quarter notes. I will present you with a key and a short chord progression (≤ 8 bars) over which to improvise.
And three of the four following tasks:
—Play scale (2 octaves, hands together)
—Play arpeggio (2 octaves, hands together)
—Play three root position triads in key (hands together)
—One of the harmonizations on page 280 (possible transposition as noted)

OCT 24 + 26 — Practice Week

OCT 19 — Individual Project Check-ins
Perform your piece for the instructor. Keep practicing minor scales, arpeggios, and triads for Exam 2 — now including all of unit 22 (F#m, C#m, G#m, Bbm, Ebm), harmonizations, improvisation, etc.

OCT 17 — QUIZ 2
One scale (1–2 octaves hands together up and down), one arpeggio (2 octaves hands together up and down), and three root position triads (hands together) taken from material on pages 272–274 (F#m, C#m, G#m). Practice Bb minor scales, arpeggios, and triads.

OCT 12 —
Unit 22: Minor Scales (pg. 272–280) — F#m, C#m, G#m examples only

OCT 10 — NO CLASS

OCT 5 —
Unit 22: Minor Scales (pg. 272–275) — Practice scales, arpeggios, and building triads on each degree of the harmonic minor scales.

OCT 3 — EXAM 1

SEPT 26 + 28 — Practice Week (show up to class because someone will take attendance)

SEPT 21 — Unit 21: iii chord — Bb major scale
Homework
: Practice Units 19–21 to prepare for your exam and Eb, Ab, and Bb major scales, 1-2 octaves

SEPT 19
— Unit 20: vi chord — QUIZ 1
Homework: Practice Ab major and Eb major scales hands separately and together, 1-2 octaves, and finish Unit 20 (focus less on improvisation this time around)

QUIZ 1 — SEPT 19:
You will be asked to demonstrate three of the following:
— Ab or Eb major scale 1+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
— Chord progression using vi — "I–vi6–IV6/4–V6/5–I" on top of p.253 — one hand at a time 
— One harmonization using ii (p. 248–251)

SEPT 14
— Unit 20: vi chord — Individual Project Proposals due Monday via email
Homework:
Practice Ab major and Eb major scales hands separately and together, 1-2 octaves
–253: (chord progressions using vi) and review chord progressions using ii in all keys listed to prepare for your quiz.

SEPT 12
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.

SEPT 7
— 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) and all 4 parts of the Waltz quartet (we will play it in class Monday)

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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)

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IMPORTANT DATES

• SEPT 7 — Fall 2016 classes begin

• SEPT 19 — QUIZ 1 — INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE

• OCT 3 — EXAM 1

• OCT 10 — NO CLASS — GO TO PRONK!

• OCT 17 — QUIZ 2

• OCT 19 — INDIVIDUAL PROJECT CHECK-IN

• OCT 31 — EXAM 2

• NOV 9 — QUIZ 3

• NOV 11 — VETERANS DAY — NO CLASS

• NOV 21 — QUIZ 4

• NOV 23 — NO CLASS

• NOV 25 — THANKSGIVING — NO CLASS

• NOV 28 + 30 — INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

• FINAL EXAM TIMES:
Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8–11 am (11 am)
Monday, Dec. 19 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