This is the second year of study to enable music majors to complete their piano proficiency requirement and to begin to use this instrument as a tool in their own area of concentration.
The text listed in the attachment is a requirement for the course. Additional music may also be assigned and required during the course of the semester.
The semester's grade is determined by attendance, class preparation and participation, completion of assignments, and progress towards completion of the proficiency requirements (see attachment) as demonstrated in class as well as on the proficiency exam.
Each student enrolled in piano class is required to finish two pieces in addition to their proficiency requirements. One piece must be finished and graded by mid-term, the other must be finished and graded by the last class day of the semester. Further, there are often additional requirements and/or skills that must be developed before or at the same time that the proficiency skill is attempted. Proficiency skills, repertoire and all additional assisgnments are a graded part of the course and will become part of the final grade
Although the final grade will take absences into consideration, my own criterae for grading will be based on the following:
A=completion of all assigned material, accurately, fluently, and with appropriate musicality
B=completion of all assigned material, however lacking in accuracy, fluency, and/or appropriate musicality
C/D=incomplete assignments, substantially lacking in accuracy, fluency, and/or appropriate musicality or excessive absences
F=little or no demonstrated effort, progress over the semester or preparation or excessive absences
The final exam for the course will be a proficiency exam offered during final week and is graded "passed" or "not passed." The student must sign up for this during the last week of the semester. Generally, each proficiency skill should be completed fluently and musically to be passed.
The actual grade will be determined by attendance, class participation and work, completion of all assignments as well as the demonstration of proficiency progress. Therefore, although a proficiency skill may be deemed "passed," an F for a final grade may be earned because of absences or incomplete or unsatisfactory work. Despite efforts to be objective, evaluating performance remains subjective and is based on my opinion and the collective opinion of the piano proficiency faculty.
see course requirements, above
Approximately a week before the end of the semester, a sign-up sheet will be posted and all students must sign-up for a time to be heard during the proficiency exam. The exam will usually be held on the first two days of final week.
Proficiency hearings are also available during the week of advisement for those who have worked between semesters and, time permitting, during the middle of the semester. Check with the music secretary to verify the exact days when hearings are given and sign-up for a time on a sheet posted on the bulletin board next to the music office. This is only an opportunity to pass-off one or more proficiency requirements; again no grades are recorded for these hearings.
Continual progress and consistent work on all assignments is expected throughout the semester.
"Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are enrolled" (from MSU Student Handbook). Excused absences may be recognized for documented illness and family, personal, and business emergencies. Other absences are unexcused. Excused absence are only for class attendance; assignments, progress, and work is expected despite absences.
Unexcused absences above three is considered excessive and will result in lowering the final grade.
Unexcused absences above 8 will result in an F for the semester.
If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class and have registered with Disability Support Services on campus, please make an appointment with me to discuss your needs.
Other than with another Midwestern music faculty or administrative office, if you wish to allow me to discuss your grades or academic progress with others (including your parents), you must sign a waiver stating your specific wishes. Absences are specifically excluded from the protection of privacy and this statement because your attendance is public information rather than private.
The instructor reserves the right to adjust or to cancel assignments as the course progresses.