Class Piano IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 208

       Course Name: Class Piano IV

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues development of skills learned in MUS 207. Focus of course content is on advancing keyboard skills, modulation, ensemble playing and continuing study of advanced piano literature. Of particular value for the future music educator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To extend skills developed in MUS 207.
  2. To demonstrate on the piano more advanced works from different periods of piano literature including jazz improvisation.
  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

  1. Technique
    1. Exercises
      1. Continued the development of skills from MUS 207
      2. Introduction and performance of ornaments
      3. Dominant/diminished seventh arpeggios
      4. Melodic minor scales
  2. Theory
    1. Keyboard Harmony
      1. Provide different accompaniment styles for a melody with letter name symbols
      2. Modulation patterns closely related keys
      3. Harmonization of major/harmonic minor scales
      4. Score reading
      5. Ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords
  3. Sight-reading
    1. Material of the level found in the following collections:
      1. Folk arrangements, other simple pieces, and vocal/instrumental accompaniments.
      2. Harmonize melodies at sight.
      3. Develop techniques for reading open choral scores.
  4. Transposition
    1. Material of the level found in the following examples:
      1. Phrases of hymns, community songs, and chorales
      2. Selections from basic literature
  5. Improvisation
    1. Material of the level found in the following examples:
      1. Continued development of exercises listed under MUS 207 (after composers models)
      2. Improvise melodies using scale chord tones and scale patterns
      3. Eight bar blues patterns
  6. Repertoire
    1. Material of the level found in the following collections:
      1. Continued performance of more advanced studies from different periods of piano literature (Clementi Sonatinas, Classics to Moderns by Agay, etc.)

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation include lecture, explanation, and performance 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 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)
Agay, Classics to Moderns (Consolidated Music Publishers) Optional
Swain, Four Way Keyboard System, Book I (Creative Music) or
Swain, Improvise (Jasmine Music Publishers) 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.