Class Piano III

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 207

       Course Name: Class Piano III

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers continued development of skills learned in MUS 108. Course content includes greater emphasis on keyboard harmony, jazz improvisation, and ensemble and solo literature. Of particular value for the future music educator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To extend skills developed in MUS 108.
  2. To demonstrate on the piano more advanced work of chordal structures, transposition, and ensemble playing.
  3. To listen critically and evaluate orally self and peer performances.
  4. To perform works from different periods of piano literature.

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. Continued development of skills from Mus 108
      2. Harmonic minor and major scales, hands together (ascending and descending; two octaves)
      3. Minor arpeggioes (ascending and descending, four octaves)
      4. Continued performance of the damper pedal
      5. Introduction of modes
  2. Theory
    1. Keyboard Harmony
      1. Continued development of skills from Mus 108
      2. Introduction of seventh chords
      3. Provide different accompaniment styles, L.H.R.H., for a melody (broken chords in two, three, four, alberti bass, etc.)
      4. Harmonize a melody using I IV V7 I in close position
      5. Introduction of substitution chords in a minor chord progression
  3. Sight-reading
    1. Material like the following:
      1. Compositions like community songs and hymns
      2. Patriotic songs
  4. Transposition
    1. Material of the level found in the following collections:
      1. Compositions like chorales, hymns, and Christmas songs
      2. Harmonize melodies by ear
  5. Improvisation
    1. Material of the level found in the following examples:
      1. Short solos in style of different composers (Mozart, etc.)
      2. Short solos over different accompaniment styles (ostinato patterns, etc.)
      3. Use of substitution chords and secondary dominants
      4. Use of different modes
  6. Repertoire
    1. Material of the level found in the following collections:
      1. Continued performance of more advanced selections from different periods of piano literature (Easy Classics to Moderns by Agay)
      2. Continued performance of ensemble music

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Weekly rehearsals will include lectures, explanation, and extensive practice of skills.  Most learning will be in a group setting although some emphasis will be placed on individual instruction and practice.  Extra rehearsals are required as needed.

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 forty-five 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 materials such as:
Keyboard Strategies Master Text II by Stecher, Horowitz (G. Schirmer)
Easy Classics to Moderns by Denes Agay (Consolidated Music) Optional
Four Way Keyboard System, Book I by Alan Swain (Creative Music) Optional

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Evaluation methods will be based on:
    1. Class attendance (25% of grade)
    2. Tests, quizzes, final exam (50% of the grade)
    3. Daily assignments (25% of the grade) that include the preparedness 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.