Private Piano


  2. A. Course Title: Private Piano
    B. Course Number: MU 111P - 10188
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: -
    E. Credit Hours: 1
    F. Instructor: Wong, Yau-Sun
    G. Office: Watson Hall (WH) 108A
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2844
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST); 4:00:00 PM-5:45:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:45:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST); 4:00:00 PM-5:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:45:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location:

    This course is designed for non-music and music majors who are not piano majors. The student’s proficiency level will be assessed by the piano instructor and an individual program will be developed. May be repeated for credit for a total of four credit hours. This is a one credit hour course.


    II. Congratulations for signing up for Piano! Music is the “art and science of sound.” The need for music lies deep in human nature and your desire to play the piano was a wise one. Learning music helps physical, mental, emotional and social growth, at least tripling the pay-off for music lessons. There are many aptitude skills you will develop, such as visual comprehension, aural skills, coordination, balance, rhythm, and intellectual knowledge of piano literature. It is never too late to learn to play the piano and one must realize that it is a process that takes time, practice, patience, discipline and desire to learn. Enjoy!

    This course is a general education course, which will transfer to New Mexico schools.




    Bastien Piano for Adults, Book 1

    Additional Materials may be suggested at the instructors discretion.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    *Evaluation is based solely on the progress from each lesson to the next lesson.

    *Preparation of materials and general piano development is judged by the instructor. Willingness to participate and acceptance of positive criticism also effect the evaluation. The instructor may request the student to participate in master classes, performances and jury.

    Evaluation of a student’s progress in performance classes is a very subjective process. Several factors enter into this evaluation.

    A. The ability of the student.
    B. The level of proficiency the student has attained.
    C. Has the student applied their ability and proficiency level to the repertoire chosen for the semester? (Practice everyday)
    D. Has the student come to lessons on a regular basis and on time?
    E. Was the student well prepared for each lesson?

    *Attendance is mandatory in this course. However, we do understand that illnesses and family problems do occur. You are allowed two (2) periods to deal with such matters. We do request that you contact the instructor 24 to 48 hours in advance of the absence to inform the instructor of your intentions. After two absences the instructor reserves the right to lower the student’s grade accordingly. Tardiness is also not tolerated; two (2) late attendances will be regarded as one absence. If a student is ten (10) minutes late for a lesson, the instructor will consider the student absent.

    Grade based on the following:
    Repertoire Preparation 60%
    Technical Development 20%
    Attitude and Participation 20%

    Resulting in:

    90% - 100% = A 80% - 89% = B 70% - 79% = C 60% - 69% = D

    *Participation in a group piano class, recitals, etc. is optional.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    I. All music students will:
    1. Recognize the value of music to our culture, community, and individual experience.
    2. Learn the development of musicians, performers, music educators, scholars, music business, music therapy, and musicology.
    3. Receive a sound preparation to further study in music education, business and/or performance.
    4. Have opportunities to perform, study, create, and experience music.
    5. Create an artistic environment which fosters the development of personal realizations that are essential to the fabric of a healthy society.

    The goal of the course is to learn and understand music in its theoretical form and to play for pleasure as well as performance. Studying and practicing every day will assure progress. It is important to stay focused on the lesson and not outside discussions. There will be opportunity to develop performance skills in a group piano class and recitals to be announced.

    A. Assess student’s proficiency level at the piano.
    B. Assign appropriate repertoire to the student.
    C. Assign appropriate technique to the student


    The goal of the course is to learn and understand music in its theoretical form and to play for pleasure as well as performance. Studying and practicing every day will assure progress. It is important to stay focused on the lesson and not outside discussions. There will be opportunity to develop performance skills in a group piano class and recitals to be announced.

    A. Assess student’s proficiency level at the piano.
    B. Assign appropriate repertoire to the student.
    C. Assign appropriate technique to the student.

    A. To develop a Literal Perspective

    1. This may include a very brief discussion or research of assignments (such as history of that time period, the composer, and a recording if available) for approach and interpretation.

    B. To develop a Theoretical/Technical Perspective
    1. Technique will be selected and assigned from various exercises, etudes, and other studies for the application of scales, chords, and arpeggios, etc. (such as Hanon, Guild Musicianship book and/or assigned technique book) as assigned by the instructor according to the student’s needs.
    2. Memorization of all works assigned for performance by semesters end.

    C. To develop a Personal Perspective
    1. Practice schedule of at least 1 hour a day
    2. Dates for group piano class will be given to the student at the beginning of the semester. Each student will be expected to perform on two classes during the course of the semester.
    3. Piano juries will be scheduled during the final week of regular classes. Students will hand the faculty member of the jury their repertoire list for the semester. A member of the jury will then select the piece(s) to be performed.

    D. At the conclusion of the first semester the student will be able to:

    a. Sight-read elementary compositions in C and G and 2/4, ľ, and 4/4 meters from the first portion of the text. The style will be single line melody, unison melody, or melody with simple accompaniment.
    i. Develop a good hand position and basis for correct fingering in addition to establishing finger coordination.
    ii. Development of articulation and texture (touch and control)
    b. LESSON – recognize and understand music in its theoretical form
    i. develop proficiency in visual skills (sight reading) articulation and basic rhythm
    c. THEORY – study and application of concepts by assignments in the book or handouts
    i. Study of the grand staff, notation, intervals, I IV V7 Chord progression, basic rhythm and time signature
    ii. Development of aural skills for basic improvisation

    E. At the conclusion of the second semester, the student should complete the book with continued proficiency in:
    a. TECHNIC – key signatures C, G and F Major based on the circle of fifths.
    i. Scales, chords and arpeggios
    ii. Other exercises may be used for articulation and texture (control, touch)
    b. LESSON – read advance literature in new key signatures G and F major
    i. Demonstrate articulation and counting skills
    c. THEORY – expand on previous concepts
    i. New rhythm
    ii. Form and time signature


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.