You must have some interest in music, or you probably would not have signed up for this course. Besides a willingness to learn more, you do not need to have any natural talent or prior knowledge about the piano to take this course.
Upon completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
This is a beginning course, and the skills outlined by these outcomes will give you the confidence to learn even more and build a solid foundation as a musician. This is a great place to start.
You’re going to need access to a piano or keyboard that you can play almost every day while you are taking this course. An actual piano is preferred.
If you choose to use a keyboard, look for one that has at least five octaves (sixty-one keys, including black and white). A piano has eighty-eight keys, but an electric keyboard that has less keys is acceptable (although not preferable).
Every unit includes assignments that require you to play the piano. You will need to follow the instructions located [ LINK REMOVED ] here to upload your videos to an online storage site and obtain a sharable link.
In addition to improving the security of the the recitals, videos also allow me to visually spot any problems (or perfection) that you may have.
This course has nine units that will each introduce new concepts about the piano as an instrument as well as introducing some necessary music theory concepts. Each unit is set up with clearly stated outcomes, and at the end of each lesson you will have the opportunity to check your understanding by answering the Self Check questions. At the end of most units, you will be required to complete a unit quiz. These quizzes will assess your ability to understand the concepts in each chapter. If you correctly answer the Self Check in each lesson, you should do well on the quizzes.
Most units have several activites to turn in. See the specific assignment for assignment format and submission instructions.
Once you have completed all nine units, there will be a final exam. This will not include any recordings of your playing. It will be a compilation of multiple-choice questions that are similar to those from the quizzes. The final exam will cover material from the entire course.
The following table outlines the graded weight for each of the assignments in the course.
|Assignment||Points||Percentage of Grade|
|7 Quizzes||5 each||35%|
|8 Recital Assignments||5 each||40%|
|1 Final Exam||25||25%|
|E (fail)||59 or below|
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Summary: 7 computer-graded quizzes and 8 instructor-graded recital assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee
Unit quizzes are computer graded quizzes you will complete at the end of most units. You will also complete recital assignments with most units. Each recital assignment must be complete upon submission. If you are missing any of the activities, you may receive a failing grade. Remember, there is room for a small amount of error in your recordings, so an imperfect submission is better that no submission at all.
A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.
Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course
You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.
Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.
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