1:00 MW (sect 201)
This is the second semester 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.
Required Texts : 1. Book I or Book II of Alfred's Group Piano by Lancaster and Renfro published by Alfred
2. Easy Classic to Moderns (Vol 17), ed by Denes Agay, publ by Amsco ISBN 13:978-)-8256-4017-9
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 the number of skills passed, 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.
The semeester grade is determined by attendance, class preparation and participation, completion of assignments, as well as the proficiency jury. Each student enrolled in piano class is required to finish two pieces in addition to (or as part of) their proficiency requirements. One piece should be finished and graded by mid-term; the other must be finished and graded by the last class day. While each proficiency requirement may be passed at mid-term and/or at the end of the semester, there are often additional assignments or other skills which must be developed before or at the same time that the proficiency skill is "perfected." The repertoire and the additional assignments are a grade part of this course and will become part of the final grade.
PRACTICE OUTSIDE OF CLASS IS NECESSARY AND EXPECTED.
Those who pass no proficiency skills over the course of the semester will receive a grade no higher than a D; those who complete one proficiency skill will receive a grade no higher than a C. For those who complete two or more skills, the following is my criterae used in determining final grades:
A. completion of all assigned material; accurately, fluently, and with appropriate musicality.
B. completion of all assigned material, however somewhat lacking in fluency, accuracy, or appropriate musicality
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.
THE SYLLABUS AND ALL INFORMATION GIVEN IN CLASS TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER THE STATEMENTS IN THIS ON LINE SYLLABUS.
"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 may result in lowering the final grade by one letter.
Unexcused absences above 6 may result in lowering the final grade by two letters.
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.