Class: Piano
Course Syllabus
Woodland Park High School
Instructor: Ms. Martinez, cmartinez@wpsdk12.org

Course Description:

Piano is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals needed to perform on the piano.  It will increase musical understanding beyond just reading notes by teaching students a vocabulary of chords and keys, accompaniment patterns, and improvisational techniques.   Students will play melodies in several positions and have the opportunity to participate in ensemble playing.  Students will develop good practice habits, and learn techniques to increase the muscular agility and flexibility of their hands.  We will delve into music at its source, find out how music is constructed, and discover the composers and history behind the music.

At the completion of this course, the student will have learned to play some of the standards of piano repertoire while gaining a thorough understanding of the history and basic concepts of music.

Course Outcomes – Students will be able to:

  1. Follow classroom procedures regarding practice and instruction.
  2. Demonstrate basic competencies of piano performance in the areas of tone       production, technique, and phrasing.
  3. Identify music notation and symbols relative to the level of proficiency
  4. Identify basic musical forms within learned pieces.
  5. Identify proper performance habits.

Course Philosophy

The piano is a performance instrument, and the primary goal of this course is for students to become competent, independent performers on the piano.  For this reason, students will be assessed largely based on their class performances on the piano.

It is equally important that a student develop the skills, discipline, and determination to prepare for a performance, therefore an equal portion of the grade will be derived from how well the student prepares and uses his or her practice time.  Because not everyone has a piano at home, home practice is optional; however, students should come to class every day prepared to get the most out of the practice time they are given in class

Evaluation Criteria

Practice – Preparation   40%

Performance – In Class Recitals 30%

Technique/Theory         30%

 

Grading Scale

90% – 100%   A

80% – 89%    B

70% – 79%    C

60% – 69%    D

0%     – 59%   F

Instruments

Students will use digital piano workstations.  It is expected that each student will treat the school instruments with respect and do their utmost to prevent damage.  Each student and his or her parent/guardian are responsible for the condition of the assigned instrument.  If an instrument is damaged due to student negligence, it is the student and parent/guardian’s responsibility to pay for the repair or replacement of the instrument.

Daily-Required Materials

A portion of the student’s daily Practice/Preparation grade will be determined based on bringing the following required materials to class.

Textbooks:

  • Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One Level 1 – for Piano I or Beginning Students
  • Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One Level 2 – for Piano II or Intermediate Students
  • Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One Level 3 – for Piano III or Advanced Students

Ms. Martinez will assist you with selecting the appropriate book for your level of proficiency.  The textbook must be purchased or ordered by the student by September 1st so that the student can bring it to class no later than that following week. Failure to have the appropriate textbook by the above date will result in falling far behind and the student will need to make up the work.

The book can be purchased or ordered online, or at Graner Music, but they only keep a limited number in stock. Each book can be purchased or ordered with an optional CD. While this is not required, it may be helpful to students who would like to hear how the songs go, and practice along.

Other materials required for class:

  • Pencil & Paper
  • Class Piano Folder
  • Additional Music – The instructor will occasionally specify additional music, but students may bring in their own selections as well.
  • HeadphonesStudents should bring their own headphones.