Piano 1/2 Syllabi

Millington Central High School Calvin Ellis, Piano Instructor

cellis@millingtonschools.org 8050 West Street Millington, TN 38053 (901)873-8100

2017-2018 Beginning Piano Syllabus             Room 202

Enduring Understandings:

  1. Students will gain an understanding of musical notation.
  2. Students will learn basic music theory.
  3. Students will develop their individual playing skills
  4. Students will work cooperatively to play in an ensemble.
  5. Students will develop effective practice techniques

Course materials:

Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Piano Course, Level 1 (Beg.)
Supplementary pieces

Three ring binder (1-1/2 inches, specifically for this class)

PENCILS!!- Theory and notation work should only be done in pencil.

Class Fees: The fee for this class is $15, which covers the book and music materials for this class. The piano book will be yours to keep and could be used to continue your skills post piano class. You are welcomed to bring your own personal keyboard at first, but we eventually have personal lap keyboard for every student.  Until then, we will use the pianos in the class.

Course description: This course is designed for students who wish to develop basic piano playing skills, or expand on their existing skills. Time in class will be spent both on and off the keyboards. While playing, students will be working individually and in small groups to master the techniques of playing and to learn pieces. There will also be time spent in group instruction on musical notation and theory.

Here are my expectations for piano students:

1. Be on time – You should be in your assigned seat, with your materials, when the bell rings. Attendance will be taken promptly and tardies will be recorded. The third second will result in a detention.

2. No gum, food, or drink – Room 202 is an unusual facility, housing both choir students and piano keyboards. This equipment is extremely expensive and needs to be treated with care.

3. Be respectful – I expect that all students will treat me, their peers, and the classroom equipment with respect. Because of the number of students in the class, we may need to share keyboards. Working together demands respect from everyone.

4. Be a good listener – This applies to both group instruction and individual playing time. When I ask you to listen, I expect you to stop playing immediately and listen to instructions.

5. Use class time wisely – This is a course that demands individual responsibility. You are expected to use class time to practice on your instrument, as it is not assumed that all students have a piano at home. Outside practice time may be necessary. Please see Mr. Ellis is you have any questions about using pianos before or after school.

Grading: Quarter grades are based on a number of factors, including classroom participation, attitude, and preparation; playing skills; written quizzes; and notebooks.

Estimated Grade Point Breakdown for each PIANO SEMESTER (actual totals will vary due to varying quarter length and assignments)

 

CATEGORY

POINTS/FREQUENCY

PERCENT OF GRADE

1st Quarter Max Points

2nd Quarter Max Points

TOTAL

Class Participation

50 pts/weekly

18%

450

450

900

Playing Tests

100 pts/weekly

36%

900

900

1800

Written Quizzes

100 pts/weekly

36%

900

900

1800

Notebook Checks

25 pts/weekly

10%

225

225

450

TOTAL POINTS

 

100%

2475

2475

4950

 

OUTLINE OF TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN BEGINNING PIANO (Time is approximate):

Quarter 1:

Week 1: Getting familiar with the Keyboard, Posture/Hands, and Pitch Notation

Week 2: Rhythm notation, Into to Scales and Chords, Learn simple songs in the key of C, Playing Evaluation #1

Week 3: Dynamic Markings, Hand Coordination, Playing with Other People

Week 4: More on Chords in the Key of C, Playing Evaluation # 2

Week 5: Composition Assignment # 1, Music Notation Test #1

Week 6: Intervals, Begin playing in G Major, G Major Scale and Chords, Playing Evaluation # 3

Week 7: Spelling All Major Scales, Sharps/Flats/Accidentals

Week 8: Middle C Position, Dotted Rhythms, Playing Evaluation # 4

Week 9: Music Notation/Theory Test # 2

 

Quarter 2:

Week 1: Circle of 5ths, Key Signatures

Week 2: Spelling 1, IV, V7 chords, Minuet in G, Playing Evaluation# 5

Week 3: Tempo Markings, Articulations

Week 4: Composition Assignment # 2

Week 5: Playing Evaluation #6, Music notation #3

Week 6: Playing in Other Keys

Week 7: Playing Evaluation # 7, Choose Semester Recital Piece

Week 8: Practice for Recital

Week 9: Practice for Recital, Music Notation Test #4

 

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