House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSP-2103-01 (Commercial Music-Piano)

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:Physical Plant Garage (PPG)
Room #:126
Course Information
Course ID #10401
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSP-2103-01
Course TitleCommercial Music-Piano
Course Description Course Description: Development of keyboard skills for commercial music majors. Includes selected chord progressions and scales, modal harmony, and extensive use of the ii-V7-I progression with appropriate keyboard voicing.
Course Prerequisites Prerequisite: MUSI 1181 & MUSI 1182
Required Textbooks Required Text: The Pop Piano Book (chapters 3-10). Harrison, Mark. Provided by Instructor.
Learning Objectives

Demonstrate performance of ii-V7-I progressions in all major keys, harmonic minor, and melodic minor; and demonstrate performance of selected harmonic progressions with appropriate chord voicings.

Major Assignments Chords: Triads, 7th chords, extended chords and alternate voicings

Rhythmic Patterns/Licks/Riffs: Pattern playing and styles from blues, pop, rock, and jazz keyboard

Scales: Blues scales and their use in jazz, country, R&B, and rock

Modes: Dorian and Mixolydian modes and their use in jazz

Improvisation: Improvisation over blues forms and selected solos in the popular song repertoire

Repertoire: Students will learn to read rhythm and lead charts for a variety of popular songs.

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, Rhythm Patterns, Scales, Modes, Improvisation – 25%

Midterm – 25% - The midterm will be a performance piece played for the class.You will be required to accurately interpret rhythms, construct an improvised solo, and ‘comp’ in the style of your selected piece.

Final Project – 25% The midterm will be a performance piece played for the class.You will be required to accurately interpret rhythms, construct an improvised solo, and ‘comp’ in the style of your selected piece.

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

Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 1:00 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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