Course Abstract Details

MUSIC-215, Keyboard Skills for Music Majors 4

Credits: 1

Course Description

MUSIC-215, Keyboard Skills for Music Majors 4, 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-112 and MUSIC-114. Prerequisite: MUSIC-214. Three hours laboratory each week. One credit. One billable hour. Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. learn to recognize and play all augmented sixth chords in major and minor keys (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5) 

2. harmonize simple melodies in all diatonic modes (GE 3, GE 5, PG 1, PG 5) 

3. perform chord progressions with tertian harmony (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5) 

4. learn to recognize and play the Neapolitan chord in all major and minor keys (GE 3, PG 1, PG 5) 

5. perform a simple atonal composition at the keyboard (GE 3, GE 5, PG 1, PG 5) 

6. perform a simple minimalist composition at the keyboard (GE 3, GE 5, PG 1, PG 5) 

7. perform all pentatonic and synthetic scales from the keyboard (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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