MUS 110 Keyboard Musicianship MUS 110 ScheduleMUS 110 SyllabusWilliam Wieland

Week 1 — Introduction: Throughout the semester, I assign piano playing to reinforce music theory concepts. On Fridays I demonstrate the following week’s assignment. On Mondays, I quickly check that everyone understands the assignment and can play some of it. In some cases we choose more challenging material. This is easiest and fastest to do in person, but you may also either schedule a Zoom meeting with me or submit a video before 5:00 pm on Friday. Finally, I evaluate your playing twice each semester, i.e. the MIDTERM and the FINAL.

Week 2 — Sight Reading: Sight read music at Free Piano Music! Home. I will write down the titles of the most challenging music you can play reasonably well with very little practice. (We all can improve our sight reading. I encourage you to do so whenever you have a free moment. See Dr. Wieland's JFAC 175 Rule.)

Week 3 — Major Key Vocal Warm-up: Memorize at least one.
  — Major Triad Vocal Warm-up ( Major Triad Cheat Sheet and Major Triad Lookalikes )
  — 5-finger Pattern Vocal Warm-up ( 5-finger Pattern Cheat Sheet )
  — More Vocal Warm-ups and Even More Vocal Warm-ups (for more experienced pianists)

Week 4 — Minor Triad Vocal Warm-up: Memorize at least one. (BTW, many choirs sing “merry” rather than “midnight”.)
  — Many Mumbling Mice — Straightforward Version and Many Mumbling Mice — Straightforward Version #2
  — Many Mumbling Mice ( Minor Triad Cheat Sheet and Minor Triad Lookalikes )
  — Many Mumbling Mice — Boom-chuck Version

Week 5 — Student Choice

Week 6 — Another Student Choice

Weeks 7 — MIDTERM: Please perform what you can on Monday. You have 2 weeks to improve your Keyboard Musicianship midterm grade. (You may perform any item for me once a day.) The midterm can be performed for me in person or over Zoom.

Week 8 — MIDTERM: You may perform any portion of your Keyboard Musicianship midterm for me any time before 5:00 pm on Friday of this week.


Week 9 — Chord Patterns: These are similar to, but different from, Keyboard Competency 1. (Ask me to demonstrate the advantages.)
In at least C, F and G major, memorize I - V - I (Explanation & Examples in 6 keys) and I - IV - I (Explanation & Examples in 6 keys).

Week 10 — C Clefs: Prepare a piece from Music that includes C clefs.

Week 11 — Transpose: Be prepared to play a tune from Lead Sheets in any key. If you can add transposed chords—all the better!

Week 12 — 3rd Student Choice

Week 13 — 4th Student Choice

Week 14 — FINAL: Please perform what you can on Monday. You have just over a week to improve your Keyboard Musicianship final grade. (You may perform any item for me once a day.) The final can be performed for me in person or over Zoom.

Week 15 — FINAL: You may perform any portion of your Keyboard Musicianship final for me any time before 5:00 pm on the last day of class.


GRADES:
 ⅓ Monday Quick Checks  (You will receive a score of 100% every week that you complete the quick check. It is absolutely due before Friday at 5:00 pm.)
 ⅓ Midterm
 ⅓ Final

Each midterm and final item will be graded from 0–100 using the following rubric:
 100 points — substantially exceeded expectations 
 85 points — good performance
 70 points — satisfactory performance
 50 points — struggled, but managed to play
 0 points — utterly failed to perform