House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSI-1181-03 (Piano Class Inst I)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorVercher, Bryan Heath
Phone(409) 984-6343
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
Hours:M-W 9AM-10AM, 11AM-12PM, Tu-Th 9AM-10AM, 12-2PM
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:126
Course Information
Course ID #10587
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSI-1181-03
Course TitlePiano Class Inst I
Course Description Classroom instruction in keyboard technique fundamentals for students with limited or no piano background. Includes sight reading and selections from solo literature. Open to non-music majors.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Required Text: Adult Piano Adventures. Faber, Nancy and Randall. Copyright 1993, 1997 Dovetree Productions. ISBN 978-1-61677-302-1
Learning Objectives Demonstrate proficiency in rhythm/chord playing and sight reading; and perform scale techniques, repertoire and basic improvisation skills.
Major Assignments Scales - C, G, D, A, E, F - 2 octaves, 2 hands

Sight-reading - Bi-weekly sight-reading exercises to improve technique and coordination

Exercises - Exercises designed to improve technique, rhythm, and coordination

Repertoire - Students will learn a variety of songs from the text and additional material as supplied by the instructor

Discussion Topics None
Attendance Policy Attendance Policy: The department attendance policy is as follows. You are allowed one unexcused absence over the course of the semester. Every absence beyond the first will result in a 5% deduction from your attendance grade. Three instances of being late to class will count in one unexcused absence. You begin the semester with a 100% attendance grade.
Determination of Final Grade Grading Policy: Grading policy is as follows:

Attendance – 25%

Repertoire, Scales, Exercises, and Sight-Reading Quizzes – 25%

Midterm – 25% - The midterm will be a performance piece played for the class as a whole. You will be graded on preparedness, technique, tone, rhythm, and articulation.

Final Project – 25% The final will be a performance piece played for the class as a whole. You will be graded on preparedness, technique, tone, rhythm, and articulation.

Quizzes or tests missed may only be made up at the discretion of the instructor.

Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 2:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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