Course Abstract Details

MUSIC-114, Keyboard Skills for Music Majors 1

Credits: 1

Course Description

MUSIC-114, Keyboard Skills for the Music Major 1, is designed to give the music major the piano skills necessary for a career in music. Subjects studied are: sight reading, transposition, improvisation, harmonization, scale fingerings, arpeggio fingerings, and choral and instrumental score reading. It is recommended that students planning to transfer to a music program at a four-year college/university concurrently enroll in MUSIC-110 and MUSIC-112. Three hours laboratory each week. One credit. One billable hour. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MUSIC-105. Three hours laboratory each week. One credit. One billable hour. Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. develop familiarity with the piano keyboard (PG 1, PG 5) 

2. develop a reading knowledge of basic pitch and rhythmic notation (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5) 

3. learn to play the following chord progressions in all keys (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5) 

4. harmonize and improvise simple melodies of a 5-finger pattern (GE 3, GE 5, PG 1, PG 5) 

5. develop good hand position and finger dexterity (PG 1, PG 5) 

6. perform all major scales and minor scales to include Am, Em, Dm, and Bm (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5) 

7. sight-read simple melodies and songs (GE 3, GE 5, PG 1, PG 5) 

8. play major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads in root position with recognition of inversions (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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