What to expect in MUAP 115 Class Instruction–Keyboard MUAP 115 Syllabus & ScheduleWilliam Wieland
Keyboard Competency
 
Whether you are a beginner or have had years of piano lessons, your goal is to learn to play piano at your own fastest pace. You will play piano and master the NSU Keyboard Competency Requirements: cadence patterns, playing by ear, 5-finger patterns and scales, harmonizing, lead sheets, score reading, sight reading, and accompanying.
Hogwarts Houses
 
I will create small groups, about 3 students, for each topic we cover in class, e.g. sight reading, 5-finger patterns/scales, cadence patterns, lead sheets, etc. You will name each house—but not Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. I will place students of similar ability into houses. For example, the students who earn the highest score on the first flashcard quiz of the year will be grouped together in a sight reading house. (Our class usually includes students in their first, second, third, and fourth semesters.)
Personal Practice
 
In addition to proclamations to the entire class from me and small group work in the “houses”, you will have ample time to work on your own every day.
Make-ups
 
We have a mini-recital or quiz almost every week. To improve a mini-recital grade, you may reperform on a subsequent mini-recital. To improve a quiz grade, you may retake any quiz before 5:00 pm on the last day of class.
 
If you miss class, you may make up absences on Fridays from 1:00–1:50 or by attending the other section of MUAP 115 if space permits.
Grades:
 
Attendance accounts for 20% of your grade.
I average your quiz and mini-recital grades for the other 80%. See the MUAP 115 Schedule for specific quiz and mini-recital grading rubrics.
 
You must score higher than a 0 on every quiz and mini-recital to pass MUAP 115.