Fall 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-2103 (Section: 01, CRN: 92617)
Commercial Class Piano
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Instructor Information
Instructor Caleb Fontenot
Email fontenotco@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6520
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Office Hours Location: Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D

Office Hours: F 12:00-3:00pm
Additional Contact Information fontenotco@lamarpa.edu
Course Information
Description Development of keyboard skills for commercial music majors. Includes selected chord progressions and scales, modal harmony, and extensive use of the ii-V7-I progression with appropriate keyboard voicing.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

The Pop Piano Book by Mark Harrison, Hal Leonard Corporation (1993) ISBN: 0-7935-9878-8 
Additional Materials/Resources none
  • MUSI-1181 Piano Class I
  • MUSI-1182 Piano Class II
Learning Outcomes A. Demonstrates a professional tone quality by playing with proper piano posture and technique. (PSLO 1) 
B. Demonstrates a secure and accurate rhythm for the style of music being performed. (PSLO 1) 
C. Demonstrates pitch accuracy. (PSLO 1) 
D. Demonstrates dynamic levels that are appropriate for the style of music being performed. (PSLO 1) 
E. Demonstrates phrasing that is appropriate for the style of music being performed. (PSLO 1) 
F. Performs correct notes as required. (PSLO 1) 
G. Performs music from memory. (PSLO 1) 
H. Demonstrate proficiency in chord playing and chart reading. (PSLO 1) 
I. Perform scale techniques, repertoire and basic improvisation skills, produce five finger patterns in major and minor keys, play major and minor scales in selected keys, construct and play chords of different qualities, harmonize a melody, perform selected compositions. (PSLO 1) 
J. Demonstrates a commitment to the profession with attendance, persistence in the program, and timeliness to classes, rehearsals, and performances. (PSLO 4 )
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO 1: Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice. 
PSLO 2: Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice. 
PSLO 3: Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice. 
PSLO 4: Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession. 
Lecture Topics Outline Understanding of commercial keyboard performance, including sight-reading, music notation, and computer music notation

Major Assignments Schedule

Week 1: Course/Syllabus introduction; Rhythmic concepts and how they are used in music notation with commercial piano.  Exercise time signature “feels” with rhythmic drills.  

 Week 2:   Cont. Rhythmic concepts with rhythmic drills. 

Week 3: Study all tertian and some extended scale forms (major/3 versions of minor/modes/pentatonic/blues/etc.). Review all triad qualities and diatonic relationships. 

Week 4: Diatonic triads and four-voice chords review through scale forms. 

Week 5: Study of triads through inversions and voice leading. Introduce creating and using triad-over-root chords. Introduce all four-voice qualities. 

Week 6: Four-part chords, their inversions with voice leading.  Creating and using four-voice chords over roots. 

Week 7: Review for mid-term (chapters 1-10) 

Week 8: Mid-term exam of scales/3 and 4-part chords/over-root chords 

Week 9: Chapter 11 the Pop Ballad/Chapter 13 New Age 

Week 10: Chapter 12 Pop-Rock and Hard Rock styles/Chapter 16 Country & Country-Rock  

Week 11: Chapter 14 R’n’B Ballad 

Week 12: Chapter 15 R’n’B Funk 

Week 13: Chapter 17 Slow Gospel 

Week 14: Chapter 18 Fast Gospel 

Week 15: Final Exam

Final Exam Date December 3, 2022 - 3:00 PM   Through  December 3, 2022 - 4:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
  • Class Attendance 10% 

  • Prepared Repertoire 35% 

  • Workbook Assignments 20% 

  • Mid-term Exam 15% 

  • Final Exam 20% 

Course Policies
Instructor Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. 

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. 

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptops) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.  

  • Recreational use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. 

  • Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions. 

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

Attendance Policy This is a 1 credit course that is required to meet 3 hours per week. You get one "free" absence before your tardies/absences start to count against your grade in the "Attendance" category. After that, each absence deducts two percentage points from your final grade (max of 10). Three tardies will count as one absence.
Additional Information none
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520