Class Piano

Class Piano 102 (2nd Semester)

PLEASE NOTE:  This class is for Eastman students only.

TEXT: Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1, 11th edition, 2019:  Chapters 5—8
(Lyke, Caramia, Haydon, and Chioldi)
Stipes Publishing 

a continuation of the skills acquired in PCL 101; further mastery of the keyboard through increased technical abilities.

1) Technique:

  • all white key minor scales (harmonic form) in 8th notes, hands together, 2 octaves
  • review all white key major scales in 8th notes, hands together, 2 octaves
  • the chromatic, whole tone and pentatonic scales, hands alone
  • 2 and 3 note slurs; some preliminary attention to arm rotation, wrist flexibility; more emphasis on posture, finger strength and independence
  • all white key major and minor arpeggios, hands together, 2 octaves
  • modes

 2) Repertoire:

  • song arrangements using chapter material
  • pieces at the late elementary to early intermediate levels, stressing hand independence, a broader choice of articulation, a wider dynamic range, scale passages, chords in root and inverted positions; composers include Heller, Diabelli, Duncombe, Beethoven, Kabalevsky, Bartok, Dring, and Caramia

 3) Fundamental Skills:

  • chord progressions: I-V-I; I-iii-IV-I-ii-I-V7-I; I-IV-V7-I; I-V-vi-iii-ii-I-V7-I; I-vi-IV-I-ii-I-V7-I
  • lead sheet harmonization, with triads, and jazz chords; harmonization by ear
  • use of primary and secondary chords with inversions: in keyboard texture mainly
  • two-hand accompaniments
  • chord progressions of increasing difficulty: modulation to the dominant, to the relative major, to the relative minor
  • study of all 7th chords
  • sight reading, improvisation and work with primary, secondary, and jazz chord vocabulary

Course Outline

Chapter 5 (6 classes)
Suggested Playing Exam Topics, page 198

Chapter 6 (6 classes)
Suggested Playing Exam Topics, page 246

Chapter 7 (6 classes)
Suggested Playing Exam Topics, page 292

Chapter 8 (5 classes)
Suggested Playing Exam Topics, page 350


Grades are based more on progress in class than on exam performance:

  • quality and quantity of work covered
  • progress shown throughout the semester
  • students’ playing relative to the requirements of this level
  • class work including preparation for classes, labs, and lessons
  • 4 Chapter tests
  • quizzes at the discretion of the instructor
  • input from the instructor, including daily assessment, evaluation of performances, and other criteria as stated in individual policies

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