MUSE 220: Intermediate Piano I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Winter 2021
Credits: 2
Total Contact Hours: 36
Lecture Hours : 36
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 72
Prerequisite: MUSE 121 or Audition.
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

Continued development of essential keyboard skills. This course emphasizes improvisation, melodic harmonization, and reading music at sight. 36 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • sight-read a musical line within the grand staff
  • harmonize a melody
  • improvise a melody
  • play along with an external rhythm source
  • identify and play rhythms by ear in simple and compound time
  • interpret chord symbols

Major Course Content

  1. Introduction and Course Overview
  2. Learning to Play with an External Rhythm Source
  3. Use of Triads in Melodic Harmonization
  4. Beginning Chord Symbol Interpretation
  5. Scale Types and Fingerings
  6. Imitation and Creation of Melodic Fragments
  7. Introduction to Improvisation
  8. Beginning Transposition by Ear
  9. Aural Identification of Meter in Recorded Music

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Fake books Internet research literature on improvisation

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Musical notation: chord symbols and note expansion melodic writing rhythmic notation

Examples of Outside Assignments

Practice: major scales minor scales all triads: major, minor, diminished, augmented, dominant sevenths literature conducive to ability

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture