Keyboard Studies - Courses

Our classes are thoughtfully designed to accommodate piano players of every skill level. Anyone can fit in! Even if you sign up to a higher level class, than your current skill level calls for, you won't feel intimidated. Your fellow Saddleback music students are very friendly and supportive. There is no pressure – everyone is allowed to learn at his or her own pace. Although our faculty's motto is: "Practice, practice, practice," helping our students progress and gain confidence are the faculty's primary concerns. Making sure our students play better by the end of the semester, at whatever level - beginning, intermediate or advanced – is all that matters.

MUS 51 - APPLIED MUSIC: KEYBOARD

2.5 Units; 2 hours lecture; 5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Limitation: College audition and concurrent enrollment in ensemble music course: MUS 48, 63, 64, 65, 66, 148, 297
Individual instruction in piano. Designed to develop technical competence, stylistic interpretation, and performance practice. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 50, 51, and 52. R-E-3

 

MUS 54A - BEGINNING PIANO I

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
A first level introductory course in piano, with instruction in elementary music-reading, repertoire, piano technique, tone production, sight-reading, keyboard harmony, and performance styles for music and non-music majors at a first-year level. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 54B - BEGINNING PIANO II

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MUS 54A or demonstrated proficiency
A second level introductory course in piano, with instruction in music reading, repertoire, piano technique, tone production, sightreading, keyboard harmony, and performance styles for music and non-music majors at a first-year level. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 55A - INTERMEDIATE PIANO I

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MUS 54B
Secondary Level Piano Course with instruction in selected major and minor scales, piano technique, tone production, sight-reading, building of repertoire and performance styles. Includes technical and interpretive development of piano performance ability at a third semester level. Keyboard harmony will be emphasized. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 55B - INTERMEDIATE PIANO II

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MUS 55A
Secondary Level Piano Course with continuing instruction on all major and minor scales, piano technique, first and second chord inversions, tone production, sight-reading, building of repertoire and performance styles, and heightened emphasis on ensemble performance. Includes technical and interpretive development of piano performance ability at a fourth semester level. Keyboard harmony will be emphasized. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 56 - ADVANCED PIANO

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55
This course is of a "Master Class" or a workshop character, and for the student interested in furthering his or her understanding of musical styles through careful study and performance of Baroque, Classic Romantic and Contemporary piano literature. Works and performance are thoroughly analyzed and discussed as to style, interpretation and technical problems. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. R-E-3

 

MUS 58 - PIANO REPERTOIRE AND PERFORMANCE PROCEDURES

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or B or demonstrated proficiency
The study of important piano solo literature from Bach to contemporary with emphasis on technique and procedures in solo-performance preparation. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

 

MUS 64 - PIANO ENSEMBLE

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or demonstrated proficiency
The ensemble study of the literature of duopiano including four and eight hands, both original and transcribed. Particular emphasis will be given to style, interpretation, techniques of ensemble playing and sight-reading. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 64 and 65. R-E-3

 

MUS 65 - PIANO ACCOMPANYING

1 Unit; 1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Ensemble experience in the performance of duo-piano literature, four and eight hands, both original and transcribed. Particular emphasis will be given to style, interpretation and techniques of ensemble playing and sight-reading. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 64 and 65. R-E-3

 

MUS 86 - INTRODUCTION TO HARPSICHORD TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Introductory Study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will learn Renaissance and Early Baroque pieces written for harpsichord, as well as basic ornaments, dynamics and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on short pieces from English Virginal and Italian Cembalo schools of the 17th century (formerly MUS 106). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 87 - HARPSICHORD LITERATURE AND TECHNIQUE II - LATE BEGINNER

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 86 or demonstrated harpsichord proficiency
Second semester study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will review Renaissance and early Baroque pieces written for harpsichord, and will study mid-Baroque (up to 1680s) pieces and their ornaments, fingering, dynamics and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on short pieces from German and French harpsichord schools of the mid-late 17th century (formerly MUS 107). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 88 - HARPSICHORD LITERATURE AND TECHNIQUE III - EARLY INTERMEDIATE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 87 or demonstrated harpsichord proficiency
Third semester study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will learn high Baroque and Galant styles pieces written for harpsichord, as well as ornaments, fingering, dynamics and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on pieces from Spanish, Italian and German harpsichord schools of the 18th century (High Baroque). Formerly MUS 108. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 89 - HARPSICHORD LITERATURE AND TECHNIQUE IV - LATE INTERMEDIATE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 88 or demonstrated harpsichord proficiency
Fourth semester study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will learn pieces from Renaissance, Baroque, Galant, Early Classical and Contemporary styles written for harpsichord, as well as ornaments, fingering, dynamics tempi, varied repeats and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on pieces from French Clavecin school of the 18th century (High Baroque), early Classical/Galant and Contemporary styles (formerly MUS 109). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 96 - INTRODUCTION TO ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Introduction to organ manual and pedal techniques, basic registration, hymn playing and organ literature. Performance of simple compositions, accompaniments and hymn tunes. Baroque organ style interpretation (formerly MUS 102). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 97 - ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS LATE BEGINNING

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 96
Second semester instruction in keyboard and pedal techniques, registration, basic hymn playing and organ literature. Performance of compositions for manuals and pedals, accompaniments and hymns. Classical style performance practice and interpretation (formerly MUS 103). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 98 - ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS INTERMEDIATE (A), EARLY

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 97 or demonstrated organ proficiency.
Instruction in keyboard and pedal techniques, registration, articulation, hymns and organ literature. Performance of organ compositions with pedals, accompaniments and hymn tunes. Romantic Organ Music Interpretation. Performance Practice. Basic Concert Procedures (formerly MUS 104). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 99 - ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS INTERMEDIATE (B), LATE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 98 or demonstrated organ proficiency.
Instruction in keyboard and pedal techniques, registration, articulation, phrasing, dynamics, ornaments and varied repeats in hymns and standard organ literature. Performance of organ compositions for manuals with pedal, accompaniments and hymn tunes. Historical Performance Practice. Contemporary Organ style. Concert Procedures. Recital Performance. Late Intermediate Level (formerly MUS 105). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 178 - BEGINNING PIANO PEDAGOGY

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: Two years of piano study
Designed to study the art of piano teaching. Traces the history of piano method books and demonstrate the most effective teaching methods used today. Students will be given an opportunity to directly teach a 3rd grade student with guidance from the instructor. This course is offered for music major students as well as community teachers who wish to improve and refine their teaching style. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 178, 179, and 256. NR

 

MUS 179 - INTERMEDIATE PIANO PEDAGOGY

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: Two years of previous piano study or MUS 178
Designed to study the art of piano teaching. Demonstrates the most effective teaching methods used today and emphasize the technical and interpretive styles of the four major music periods. Students will be given an opportunity to directly teach a 3rd grade student with guidance from the instructor. This course is offered for music major students as well as community teachers who wish to improve and refine their teaching style. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 178, 179, and 256. NR

 

MUS 253 - ADVANCED PIANO MUSIC OF HAYDN

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MUS 56 or two years of previous piano study
Dedicated solely to keyboard literature, students will study techniques for recognizing, analyzing, and performing the music of Franz Joseph Haydn at an advanced level. Special emphasis will be placed on touch, dynamics, articulation, tone quality, balance, phrasing, and ornamentation in Classical era pieces. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

 

MUS 255 - PIANO COMPOSERS OF TODAY

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55B
Dedicated solely to keyboard literature, this intermediate course explores music of the various composers that are presently writing solos and duets. Students will expand technique, scale patterns, chord progressions, music analysis proficiency, expressive interpretation, improvisational skills and listening appreciation using these contemporary piano pieces. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

 

MUS 256 - ADVANCED PIANO PEDAGOGY

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: MUS 178 or two years of previous piano study
Designed to help the more experienced piano teachers refine their piano teaching techniques. Teachers will be expected to teach and perform music in the correct style. Teaching demonstrations with younger students will be required. Piano literature for the late-intermediate and early-advanced levels will be emphasized. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 178, 179, and 256. NR

 

MUS 257 - FAVORITE PIANO CLASSICS

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55B
Dedicated solely to keyboard literature, this intermediate course introduces the student to sight-reading, theory and analysis, technique and practice routines, coaching sessions, performing, and listening to enhance piano playing and an awareness of the elements of style and musicianship using the standard favorite solos in piano literature. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR