•           Piano Class Syllabus

                   (Mr. C. Postas)

                                          postasch@orange.k12.nj.us

                                             (Grade Levels: 10 -12)

     

    Course Outline:

    This course explores music through the medium of piano performance.

    Beginners will learn keyboard geography and start playing from day one.

    New concepts and skills are taught that build upon each other on a daily basis.

    Students will also learn to read music notation in both treble and bass clefs as well as fingering in different hand positions.

    Students will explore their creativity and expressing themselves in a positive way.

    Students will play and listen to a variety of musical styles and cultures brought in by the instructor and the students.

    Students will begin every day with “Finger Buster” exercises to help build their technique and dexterity.

     

    You will be an independent learner. If you have disciplined practice everyday, then you are guaranteed to be successful!

     

    Course Outcomes:

    Students will be able to: 

    Play piano with proper technique

    Perform alone and with others

    Read music notation

    Compose music within specific guidelines

    Listen to, analyze, and describe music

    Evaluate/critique music and music performance using elements of music

    Understand the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting

     

    Materials:

    Each student will receive a music manuscript notebook that will be used daily in class for daily notation. This book will remain in the piano classroom in the music file cabinet.

     

     

    Attendance/Tardies/Discipline:

    Be at your assigned keyboard with all of your materials and your head phones on within 1 minute after the bell rings.

    You will be given 2 minutes before the end of the period to put away your music and turn off the keyboards. (You may not leave before the bell rings.)

    Pencils/Instrument care: Students should bring a pencil to class to mark their music.

    Each student will treat the school instruments with respect and do their utmost to prevent damage.

    If an instrument is damaged during class, it is the student and parent/guardian’s responsibility to repair or replace the instrument.

     

     

     

    Grading Policy - Assessments  

     

    Playing Tests .....................................................................................................25%

    There will be 2-3 playing tests each marking period consisting of a culmination of skills learned within each unit.  These may include such skills as new hand position, new pitches learned, new keys/accidentals, different fingerings learned, new notes/rests and their values, etc... with the goal of a different piece being performed.

     

    Quizzes ...............................................................................................................20%

    These will take place once a week or every other week and will incorporate shorter term skills and exercises learned in order to put them into the context of a new song being learned. These may also include written components examples of which may be rhythmic notation or melodic notation.  Quizzes may also cover music theory and piano facts

     

     

    Authentic Assessments ......................................................................................25%

    These will take place on a weekly basis and will be directly linked to the standards being learned within the units being taught.

     

    Homework ..........................................................................................................10%

    This is given daily and will include some form of finger exercise as well as written notation and/or an online video clip to watch and listen to and critical listening evaluations.

    Classwork ...........................................................................................................20%

     

     (This will include Daily Participation grade as well as daily “Finger Busters”

     

    Students will perform assigned repertoire in groups and alone for a grade.

    Grades are based on a rubric that will be provided and reviewed ahead of time.

    Students come to class prepared and have all necessary materials at the beginning of class.

    Students play assigned materials and are on task during class time.

    Students demonstrate proper playing techniques and posture during class time.

     

    While playing tests represent culminating activities, daily practice constitutes the most intense learning period. Evidence of effective practice skills must be demonstrated daily.

     

    Students must have their materials on a daily basis. Students without a pencil or their notebooks are still responsible for all the material and will receive a lowered classwork/participation grade for that class period.