Class Piano I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 107

       Course Name: Class Piano I

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course content includes fundamentals of reading, playing basic piano literature, ensemble playing, harmonization, improvisation and sight-reading. Intended for the student who has little or no previous piano study or music reading. Of particular value for the future music educator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate on the piano knowledge of rhythms, fundamentals, chordal structures, transposition, harmonization, and sight-reading.
  2. To develop musically functional skills at the piano.
  3. To listen critically and evaluate orally self and peer performances.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Representative topics such as:

  1. Technique:
    1. Exercises
      1. Major and minor pentascales
      2. Legato and staccato touch
      3. Playing in parallel and contrary motion
      4. Register change, extension, contraction, crossing under, crossing over, and substituting fingers
      5. Phrases and dynamics
      6. Arpeggios (hand over hand), four octaves, major and minor
  2. Theory:
    1. Keyboard Harmony
      1. Key signatures
      2. Meter signatures
      3. Intervals
      4. Different rhythm patterns and rests
      5. Different chord progressions, major and minor (I IV I V7 I) both hands
      6. Inversion of IV and V7 (major and minor)
    2. Form
      1. Binary
      2. Ternary
      3. Sequence
      4. Phrase
  3. Sight-reading:
    Material of the level found in the following collections:
    1. Mostly unison two line compositions
    2. Easy melodies with block chords using the chords I, IV & V
  4. Transposition:
    Material of the level found in the following collections:
    1. Single line melodies
    2. Simple folk tunes with block chordal accompaniments
    3. Harmonize familiar folk melodies by ear using I and V
  5. Improvisation: Pentascale melodies
  6. Repertoire:
    Material of the level found in the following collections:
    Selections from different periods of piano literature found in Keyboard Strategies

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation include lecture, explanation, and performance of skills.  Individualized instruction will be used to aid in the student's progress.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. There will be tests, announced and unannounced quizzes, daily assignments, and a final exam.
  2. Attendance is expected and required. 
  3. A minimum of thirty minutes of practice a day will be expected for this course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Representative textbook such as:
Keyboard Strategies Master Text by Stecher, Horowitz

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Evaluation methods will be based on:
    1. Class attendance (25% of grade)
    2. Test, quizzes, final exam (50% of the grade)
    3. Daily assignments 25% of the grade) that include the prepared ness and progress a student makes in his/her playing during the semester.
    4. Daily assignments will be evaluated on a “prepared” or “not prepared” basis.  Three-fourths (75) must pass as “prepared” or the final grade for the course will be lowered one letter.
  2. The grading scale is:
    A = 90 – 100
    B = 80 – 89
    C = 70 – 79
    D = 60 – 69
    F = Below 60

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.