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.
Alfred Group Piano for Adults, Book I OR II. Easy Classics to Moderns, Vol 17, edited by Denes Agay, published by Consolidated Music Publishes may be assigned for additional literature.
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.
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.
As the only way to “complete” the above mentioned 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 for this during the last week of the semester.
Despite efforts to be objective, evaluating performance remains subjective and is based on my opinion and the collective opinion of the piano proficiency faculty.
As the only way to demonstrate completion of 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 for this during the last week of the semester.
“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!
You will be considered tardy if you are fifteen minutes late for class. Three “tardy’s” in attendance will constitute one absence.
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.
The instructor reserves the right to adjust of to cancel assignments as the course progresses
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.