MUS 221   Piano Class I (2 Hours)

This course provides a basic knowledge of music and the essential techniques required to play the piano. Students will learn essential musical terminology, including musical notation and symbols, major and minor key signatures, and the harmonization of melodies using tonic and dominant triads. Specific piano-related terminology will include finger exercises, basic keyboard repertoire using major and minor five-finger patterns, major and minor scales, major and minor triads in root position, ensemble playing of two to four parts, and the formation of good practice habits. Group Piano II should follow the successful completion of this course. Private piano lessons are encouraged for students who successfully complete both courses.