MU 100

TENNESSEE WESLEYAN COLLEGE

DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS

Course Syllabus

I. COURSE INFORMATION

A. COURSE TITLE: Class Piano

B. COURSE NUMBER(S): MU 100

C. CREDIT HOURS: 1 credit hour

D. TERM/YEAR: Fall, 2011

E. INSTRUCTOR: Douglas H. Manley, CAGO, NCTM, MM, DSM

Assistant Professor of Music

F. OFFICE: Sherman Fine Arts Building, M101

G. TELEPHONE: 423.252.1121

H. EMAIL: dmanley@twcnet.edu

I. WEBSITE: www.dhmanley.com

J. OFFICE HOURS: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12:00–1:00;

others by appointment

 

II. COURSE DESCRIPTION

From the college catalog:[1]

 

A. Semi-private instruction for beginning students interested in developing applied piano skills. Students will learn the basic psychomotor skills and cognitive thought processes necessary for piano performance. Entry level will be assessed and the degree of progress carefully monitored to determine whether the student should be allowed to register for the course the following term.

B. The course is open to all students with permission of the instructor. MU 100 may satisfy requirements as the secondary applied area for the music major. However, it may not be used to satisfy any requirements for the primary area of performance.

 

III. COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOMES

(those specific to this course have been marked with an asterisk [*])

 

A. use effectively the skills of reading, writing, and speaking;*

B. recognize the issues that affect social and political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective;*

C. recognize and analyze contributions of the arts and literature;*

D. demonstrate mathematical computation skills, and basic computer applications skills and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method;

E. think critically and develop a basis for effective judgment;*

F. access and evaluate information and its sources and use information effectively to accomplish a purpose.*

IV. COURSE GOALS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES/COMPETENCIES/SKILLS

The student will:

 

  1. A. Develop basic and intermediate skills for playing the piano;
  2. B. For the non-music major, the course will provide enjoyment and musical enrichment;
  3. C. For the voice or non-keyboard major, the course will aid in the development of skills necessary for success as a musician and teacher.

V. COURSE RELATIONSHIP TO MAJOR PROGRAM OR DEPARTMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL PURPOSE

A. Major Program and Department Relationship: This course provides ACR credit or elective credit for the non-music major. For the voice major, it provides the necessary tools for performance proficiency in the secondary applied area.

B. Institutional Purpose Relationship: prepares graduates to be knowledgeable, to be able to think critically and creatively, and to develop a basis for judgment, and, graduates are expected to be able to appreciate the contributions of the arts and literature to life enrichment.

 

VI. COURSE RELATIONSHIP TO CONTENT AREA KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FROM THE EDUCATION MATRICES

 

A. Advanced level of proficiency as a solo performer; reasonable performance proficiency in an additional instrument or voice;

B. Ability to read music at sight utilizing primary instrument or voice;

C. Functional piano proficiency;

D. Functional proficiency in sight reading, accompanying, transposition, and improvisation on the piano.

VII. TEXTBOOKS

  1. A. Lancaster, E.L. & Kenon D. Renfrow. Group Piano for Adults, Book I. 2nd ed. Van Nuys, California: Alfred Publishing Co., 2004.[2]
  2. B. Lancaster, E.L. & Kenon D. Renfrow. Group Piano for Adults, Book II. 2nd ed. Van Nuys, California: Alfred Publishing Co., 2008.[3]
  3. C. Palmer, Willard, et al. The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences. Van Nuys, California: Alfred Publishing Co., 1994.[4]
  4. D. Young, Carlton R., ed. The United Methodist Hymnal. Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989.[5]

Please see instructor PRIOR TO PURCHASING textbooks; not all students will need all books. Regardless of where one may purchase the textbooks, they should be purchased, especially the hymnals; indefinite borrowing of hymnals from local churches or what have you is not securing the required text(s). Hymnals will be checked; they must be personally-owned copies.

 

VIII. TOPICS OR UNITS OF INSTRUCTION

 

A. Skills related to sight-reading;

B. Skills related to harmony;

C. Skills related to technique;

D. Skills related to performance.

 

IX. ADDITIONAL READINGS

None.

 

X. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION AND LEARNING

  1. A. Reading assignments;
  2. B. Handouts and related assignments, via the text and/or www.dhmanley.com;
  3. C. Lesson material; students are assessed based on one hour/day practice;
  4. D. Repertoire classes;
  5. E. Recital/concert attendance; music majors are required to attend all departmental recitals and programs (non-ensemble).

 

XI. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND MEANS OF EVALUATION

 

A. Attendance and Etiquette

Per the current college catalog, “Tennessee Wesleyan College considers regular class attendance an essential element of the instructional process and expects students to undertake all courses with this in mind. Unavoidable absences that students know about in advance should be explained to the instructors concerned with as much notice as possible. When there is not time for prior notification, students must explain the emergency as soon as possible after the event. In all cases of absence, students must make up all missed work and assignments by arrangement with instructors concerned. Depending upon the course, instructors may decide that a particular number of absences, whether unavoidable or not, constitutes a serious weakening of student performance. Instructors with such policies should present them in writing to the students during the first week of classes. If students unavoidably miss quizzes or tests, they must make up these items within one week of return to class. Failure to comply will adversely affect the final grade. If students miss a final examination, immediate notification and explanation are imperative. Alternative arrangements must then be made within three days of the missed examination. Failure to comply will almost certainly result in a failure for the course.” For this course, the application of the catalog statement is as follows:

B. Attendance is taken at each class session; a student is 1) present, 2) absent excused, 3) absent unexcused, or 4) present/tardy.

C. Absences are either excused or unexcused, ultimately, per the prerogative of the instructor.

 

D. Students are afforded two absences total, including repertoire class, for unavoidable circumstances – automobile concerns, personal illness, family funeral, and the like. Such absences are excused; students, then, are encouraged to use these absences in a prudent and judicious fashion. The instructor reserves the right, per his prerogative, to ask for documentation for any and/or all said absences.

E. Students are afforded excused absences for mandatory college-related activities – athletic teams, performing ensembles, class research/field trip, and the like; this does not include elective and/or other activities of student life and activities, etc. A hardcopy printed schedule of activities, namely athletics (games, practices, performances, etc.) is to be presented to the instructor no later than the fourth class session of the term; the name of the faculty/coach supervising said activity, along with their college contact information, is to be provided with the schedule. Knowledge of a research/field trip, including the college contact information for those involved, is to be shared as soon as possible. The instructor reserves the right, per his prerogative, to ask for documentation for any and/or all said absences, and, to determine, if any, the means of make-up for work missed.

 

F. Students are not afforded absences for non-mandatory college-related activities – making up work/an exam for another class, finishing a term project or paper, hanging out in the student center, voluntarily working with an organization, and the like. All such absences are unexcused without question; this class is not a study hall.

G. Students are not afforded absences for work study, outside employment, family- or church-related activities. It is the sole responsibility of the student to maintain their academic studies as the priority. All such absences are unexcused without question.

H. Students are not afforded absences for negligence – the alarm clock malfunctioned, the textbook was lost, there were no clean clothes, there was nowhere to park, and the like. All such absences are unexcused without question.

I. The course grade will be lowered one full letter grade for each unexcused absence. This includes absences from repertoire class.

 

J. Failure to take either the final examination, as given, and/or the proficiency examination, as given, defaults the course grade to failure (F), regardless of the grades otherwise; assignments turned in late will be marked down one full letter grade.

 

K. Two tardies, either late arrival or early departure, count as one unexcused absence.

 

L. Turn off (OFF means OFF, not vibrate) all electronic devices; failure to do so will result in dismissal from the class session. After the initial occurrence, the course grade will be lowered one full letter grade per further infraction, and, the device will be confiscated by the instructor. Students will be dismissed from class if texting, etc., while awaiting their assessment from the instructor; such time should be spent in preparation for assessment, i.e. practicing. Student lab stations are easily visible from the monitoring station.

M. Remove all headwear for any meeting of this class (caps, hats, etc). The only headphones to be used are those of the lab station. You are inside a building.

N. Refrain from wearing pajama-like attire and/or clothing with significant and conspicuously-placed holeage, i.e. tears; it would be regrettable to be asked to leave class due to such. Get some pride.

O. Grading scale (for all work – assignments, quizzes, examinations, and course):

 

A = 95% or above C = 70% - 72%

A- = 90% - 94% C- = 67% - 69%

B+ = 85% - 89% D+ = 63% - 66%

B = 80% - 84% D = 60% - 62%

B- = 77% - 79% D- = 57% - 59%

C+ = 73% - 76% F = 56% and below

 

P. Distribution of grades

 

20% = final examination or proficiency examination

40% = daily assignments, lessons, and the like

40% = repertoire class attendance and/or performance

 

Q. The student is expected to abide by the college Honor System in keeping with the Honor Pledge, which reads: “I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity.” In keeping with the Honor System, there is a zero tolerance in this course for plagiarism, which is the appropriation of the work or ideas of someone else without proper acknowledgment. Any incidents of failure – plagiarism, cheating, and the like — will default the course grade to failure (F), regardless of the grades otherwise, and, the student will be dismissed from the course.

 

R. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus and/or af-fect the grade(s), including incomplete work, as the occasion arises, per the guidelines of both the college catalog and the faculty handbook. Grade-related inquiries are made to, in order, 1) instructor, 2) department chair, 3) associate dean, and 4) academic dean.

S. No smoking at least one hour prior to lesson, repertoire class, recital, or other performing venue.

 

XII. CLINICAL/LABORATORY/FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCE

Repertoire classes.

 

XIII. ADDENDUM and CALENDAR

A. TWC Mission Statement, Revised, 2008

In keeping with the spirit of the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College seeks within the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition to provide for students the highest quality educational experience, to promote personal responsibility, integrity, and purpose, and to prepare students for a life of leadership and service in an ever changing global community.

B. Students are advised to keep regular tabs via www.dhmanley.com. In so much as possible, changes for Wednesday class sessions will be posted no later than noon Tuesday prior; for Monday class sessions, noon Thursday prior.

C. Class will be held every Monday and Wednesday, at the respective times, unless otherwise noted.

D. Calendar; distributed with the syllabus, and, posted online, 08/17/11.

 

DAY

DATE

NOTE

Monday

09/05/11

No class, both sections

Friday

09/16/11

Repertoire class: Manley

MAJORS AND MINORS REQUIRED

Friday

09/23/11

Repertoire class: departmental

MAJORS REQUIRED

Wednesday

10/05/11

Midterm Day; last day to drop with “W”

Monday

10/17/11

No class, both sections

Friday

10/21/11

Repertoire class: Manley

MAJORS AND MINORS REQUIRED

Friday

10/28/11

Repertoire class: departmental

MAJORS REQUIRED

Wednesday

11/09/11

No class, both sections

Thursday

11/10/11

Recital: Maddux/Hicks

MAJORS AND MINORS REQUIRED

Friday

11/18/11

Repertoire class: Manley

MAJORS AND MINORS REQUIRED

Wednesday

11/23/11

No class, both sections

Monday

11/28/11

Last day of classes; final examinations and proficiencies

XIV. DATE OF PREPARATION/REVISION

Fall, 2011; Dr. Douglas H. Manley. Syllabus is available via both hard copy and electronic copy (instructor website, 08/17/11).

 

XV. END OF TERM

A. The final examination will be held Monday, 11/28/11, during regular class time.

B. The proficiencies will also be held Monday, 11/28/11, during regular class time, NOT on jury day.



[1] http://www.twcnet.edu/lib/file/manager/2010-11_TWC_Catalog_Amended_March_2011.pdf

[2] http://www.alfred.com/Products/Alfreds-Group-Piano-for-Adults-Student-Book-1-2nd-Edition--00-30368.aspx

[3] http://www.alfred.com/Products/Alfreds-Group-Piano-for-Adults-Student-Book-2-2nd-Edition--00-28450.aspx

[4] http://www.alfred.com/Products/Scales-Chords-Arpeggios-Cadences-Complete-Book--00-5743.aspx

[5] http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=445731