Applied Piano I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 165

       Course Name: Applied Piano I

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Courses offer private study in specialized areas. Strongly recommended that student who desires to study piano, voice, etc. complete all class levels offered for that particular instrument (class piano, class voice, etc.). Intent of applied music is to increase ability to perform more advanced music from all periods and styles. Arrangements must be made through the music faculty who arrange lessons in piano, voice, band and orchestra instruments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To perform music artistically from a variety of periods, styles, and repertoire.
  2. To develop listening and critical thinking skills through self evaluation of performance.

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. Repertoire:
    Level of Material
    Various styles of piano repertoire Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impression Contemporary, Jazz, Ragtime, and Popular periods depending on the student’s playing ability.
  2. Technique:
    1. Studies from Czerny and Hanon
    2. Major scales (three and four octaves, parallel and contrary motion)
    3. Major arpeggios (three and four octaves, parallel and contrary motion)
    4. Chromatic Scales (ascending and descending, four octaves)
    5. Other exercises as needed
  3. Sight Reading:
    Level of Material:
    Easier piano literature (Kuhlau Sonatinas, etc.)
  4. Transportation:
    Level of Material:
    Selections from basic literature like four part songs
  5. Improvisation:
    Level of Material:
    After composer models from Easy Classics to Moderns by Denes Agay and Improvise by Alan Swain.
  6. Theory:
    1. Keyboard Harmony
      1. Blocked chords I, (two octaves, ascending and descending)
      2. Broken chords – I (two octaves, ascending and descending)
      3. Discussion of form found in the different piano literature
      4. Analysis of chordal structures found in the different piano literature
    2. Ear Training
      Learn to listen and to evaluate the type of sound produced at the piano

The skills listed are minimum requirements. The instructor may add and/or modify these to fit the needs of the individual student.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The weekly lesson will include lecture, explanation, and demonstration of skills.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Play intermediate to advanced literature depending on the student's ability.
  2. Read and abide by the list of applied lesson policies handed out at the beginning of the term.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Repertoire is assigned according to the student’s level of playing ability and include representative compositions from varied musical periods.  Representative literature includes “Two and Three Part Inventions” and “Preludes and Fugueo” by J. S. Bach, etc.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grade will be based on class attendance, preparedness, and progress a student makes in his/her playing during the semester.

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