Piano Class I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Piano Lab 203

Office 303

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Tuesday 11-12:30

Thursday 11-12:30

or by appointment. wlin@actx.edu

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MUSI-1181-001 Piano Class I


Course Description

Class instruction in the fundamentals of keyboard technique for beginning piano students.

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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
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(1 sem hr; 3 studio)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Piano Marvel Subscription at book store or

  1. Go to www.pianomarvel.com and Create a Free Account

    1. Teacher Code: weichen.lin@actx.edu

    2. Promo Code: STUDENT


3 ring binder, for handouts

Staff paper




Student Performance


1.         Recognize and play any note on the grand staff.

2.         Identify and understand the notation of rhythm:  whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and their dotted values.

3.         Identify time signatures.

4.         Play exercises that utilize intervals up to an octave.

5.         Perform solo repertoire that uses scale patterns and chords.

6.         Sight-read and transpose music with tonic, dominant & subdominant chords.

7.       Harmonize/transpose melodies with tonic, dominant & subdominant chords.

8.       Create two-hand accompaniments from chord symbols.

9.       Improvise melodies over tonic, dominant and subdominant chords.

10.     Play major, minor, augmented and diminished chords beginning on any key.

11.     Play triads in root position, first inversion and second inversion.

12.     Play I-IV-I-V7-I progressions in all major keys.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

To progress effectively and efficiently, you are expected to practice outside of class a minimum of 30 minutes to 45 minutes daily. ( minimum of 2 hours a week REQUIRED)

Regular daily practice throughout the semester, as opposed to last minute, “emergency” practice, is strongly emphasized.

Practice checklist:

• Schedule a regular daily piano practice time in your weekly schedule NOW!

• If you choose not to practice in the music building, look for a quiet and comfortable place where you can be ALONE and undisturbed during your practice time

• Don’t strain yourself. Check that you are relaxed and supple while you play. Stretch before and after practice

• Take a short break every half hour and stretch

• 20 minutes of focused practice are more productive than 2 hours of unfocused practice

• Have a pencil, your class notes and assignments with you when you practice

• Plan your practice before sitting down at the piano. Some pieces may need more attention than others.

• Conscious and purposeful repetition is the key to improvement

• Contact your instructor if you have questions or to get an assignment

• Contact your instructor if practicing hurts!

Grading Criteria

Attendance: 30%, Twice a week and we have 15 weeks. Each class is 1%

Piano Marvel Method: 30%, Must complete 1ABCDE, 2ABCDE, Total 10 units, each unit=3%.

Midterm Performance: 10%, Formal wear is required

Final Solo Performance: 10%, Formal wear is required.

Skills Test 1: 10%

Skills Test 2: 10%


A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = Below 60%





Two absences without penalty. Afterward each absence is 1% off. 

Three Tardies (within 10 min) count as one absence.


Additional Information

Information on Protecting your Hearing Health can be found at: https://nasm.arts-accredit.org/publications/brochures-advisories/nasm-pama-hearing-health/

Syllabus Created on:

08/14/21 4:21 PM

Last Edited on:

08/19/21 1:58 PM