Piano class

Course Details

Course Number: 1121, 2121  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Instrumental Music Hall

Classroom Number: Lab

Days & Times:

1:00 Tuesday and Thursday

Course Attachments


Alfred Group Piano I or II
Other, as assigned
MSU Faculty Member
Gary Lewis   
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Course Objectives

Course Description and Objective:


This course is designed as a lab for those who have yet to complete their Piano Proficiency.  The purpose of requiring a proficiency in piano – and the objective of this course – is to enable a student to begin to use this instrument as a tool in their own area of concentration. During the semester, students will be heard on a rotational basis and some may be heard only once every two weeks.

Course Expectations

Students are expected to pass the piano proficiency barrier within four semesters and are unable to give their senior recital before doing so.

Grading Standards



The semester grade is determined by proficiency skills passed, the quality of playing assessed during the proficiency exam, and attendance.


Proficiency Skills passed: For each skill passed, add 25 points to the grade (prorated if less than three skills remain to be passed at the beginning of the semester)


Quality: For an assessed quality of A or B, add 35 points; For an assessed quality of C or D, add 20 points


Attendance: Three unexcused absences are permitted. For the 4th unexcused absence, minus 6 points; for the 5th unexcused absence, minus 6 points . Unexcused absences above 5 (missing three weeks of class) will result in being dropped from the class with a grade of F.


A final grade of A will require 100-90 points; B=89-80 points; C=79-70 points; D=69-60 points; F=59-0 points.


Final Exam:


As the only way to “complete” the proficiency skills is by assessment during a proficiency exam, this is a course requirement for a grade above an F.  The final exam for the course will be a proficiency exam offered during finals week. If you do not take a proficiency exam in the middle of the semester, you must sign up and take the exam during the last week of the semester to receive credit for the course. 


Despite efforts to be objective, evaluating performance remains subjective and is based on my opinion and the collective opinion of the piano proficiency faculty.

Final Exam12/10/2013  TBA

Submission Format Policy

Proficiency exam is held before two-three faculty members.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No papers due at this time.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

“Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are enrolled.” (Student Handbook, p. 39)  Excused absences are recognized for illness and university business.  Other absences are unexcused.  Personal and family emergencies are generally not excused however three absences are permitted and may be used for these emergencies.  Unexcused absences above three is considered excessive and may result in lowering  the final grade. STUDENTS WILL BE DROPPED WITH AN F  FOR THE SEMESTER FOR UNEXCUSED ABSENCES ABOVE 5!

Other Policies

Class Disruption:


Students are expected to participate and work on their piano skills during class.  For students enrolled in piano class, this is not a computer lab during class time. Without permission, the use of cell phones, computers, ipods, etc. during class is disruptive and counterproductive as is excessive conversation or communication between friends during class!  If the instructor finds you guilty of any of the above, you will be asked to leave the class for the day and it will count as an unexcused absence.



You will be considered tardy if you are fifteen minutes late for class.  Three “tardy’s” in attendance will constitute one absence.


Disability Statement:


If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class and have registered with Disability Support Services, please contact me to discuss your needs.


Academic Changes:


The instructor reserves the right to adjust of to cancel assignments as the course progresses


Privacy Statement:


Other than another Midwestern faculty member or Midwestern academic office, if you wish to allow me to discuss your grades or academic progress with others (including parents) you must sign a waiver stating your specific wishes. Absences are specifically excluded from this Privacy Statement and are not private but a matter or public information.





Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.