MUS271
CLASS PIANO III

Fall 2017

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!
•Office hours are Monday 1–2 and 4–5 pm in D206 or by appointment

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NOV 27 — Individual Project Performances in D206

NOV 22 — NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

NOV 20 — Quiz 4
— Practice for individual project presentations

NOV 15 — Unit 24: Other Scale Structures + Unit 25

NOV 13 — NO CLASS (VETERANS DAY)

NOV 8 — QUIZ 3
— Unit 23: Seventh Chords + Unit 24: Other Scale Structures

NOV 6
— Unit 23: Seventh Chords

OCT 30 + NOV 1 — EXAM 2 (no class otherwise)

OCT 25 —
Practice week

OCT 23 —
Practice week

OCT 18 — Individual Project Check-in
Continue practiciting Unit 22 (add Bb and Eb minor scales)

OCT 16 — QUIZ 2 — Play a randomly chosen scale or arpeggio (F#m, C#m, or G#m) with the correct fingering.

OCT 11 —
Unit 22: F#m, C#m, G#m scales and arpeggios (2 octaves hands together)

OCT 9 — NO SCHOOL — GO TO PRONK!
(epic music+community festival in Providence, recommended not required)

OCT 2–4 — EXAM 1
— Please attend your scheduled exam time, otherwise no class

SEPT 27 —
Unit 21: iii chord — practice for exam 1

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 16 — 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 am)
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