Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-2181 (Section: 01, CRN: 92895)
Piano Class Inst III
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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 Tues/Thurs - 10:00 - 3:00p
Additional Contact Information none
Course Information
Description Intermediate class instruction of keyboard technique.
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.

Alfred's Group Piano for Adults Student Book 1 Lancaster, E.L. Alfred Music; 2nd edition (2004) ISBN: 9780739053010 
Additional Materials/Resources none
  • MUSI-1182 Piano Class II
Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate mastery of scales and chord progressions.
2. Demonstrate mastery of the harmonization of melodies using varied accompaniment techniques.
3. Demonstrate competence in various transpositions.
4. Perform selected compositions.
Core Objectives
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Lecture Topics Outline

- Course/Syllabus introduction; Rhythmic concepts and how they are used in music notation with commercial pianoExercise time signature “feels” with rhythmic drills.  

- Cont. Rhythmic concepts with rhythmic drills. 

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

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

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

- Four-part chords, their inversions with voice leadingCreating and using four-voice chords over roots. 

Major Assignments Schedule Mid-Term/Final Exams, Scale work assignments, Chord work assignments, Solo-Repertoire assignments
Final Exam Date December 13, 2023 - 11:00 AM   Through  December 13, 2023 - 11:50 AM
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 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 *Keyboard Lab Policy - The equipment in the keyboard lab must always be treated with respect and care. Headphones should be used at all times and an acceptable volume level must be maintained. Please notify the instructor immediately if there is a problem with the equipment. Students who show disregard for the instruments/equipment will be asked to leave the class session and will be counted as absent for the day. In addition, a grade of "zero" will be recorded for any assignments/quizzes that are due that day. Any further violation of this policy will result in the student being dropped from the class at the instructor's discretion. 
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 diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 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