MUAP 115 Class Instruction–Keyboard William Wieland
Northern State University, Every Semester, JFAC 175
Section 1: 1:00–1:50, Mondays and Wednesdays
Section 2: 1:00–1:50, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  Instructor: Dr. William Wieland (
Office: Spafford Hall Room 304   Phone: 626-2499
Office Hours: Please refer to my Class Schedule.
JFAC 175: Please respect this room and it will remain unlocked and accessible whenever the building is open.
Prerequisite: None
Description: One to two semester hours credit for class instruction is given for two 50 minute class meetings. Adequate preparation through practice is expected of all students.
Practice: The NSU Music Major Handbook states, "For every applied lesson students are expected to practice five hours per week." This class meets twice a week. 3 hours of piano practice the rest of the week satisfies the practice expectation of this class. On those rare occasions when the instructor is absent from class, please practice.
Materials: A folder or 3-ring binder to hold music and exercises which you print from the Internet. Please bring a pencil every time you practice.
Optional Materials: Music books and/or sheet music.
Activities: Private practice, ensemble playing, individual evaluations, mini-recitals, lecture, personal instruction, and discussion.
Objectives: To learn to play piano at your own fastest pace and to master NSU Keyboard Competency Requirements.
Grades: I average your mini-recital, quiz, and attendance grades.
(See the MUAP 115 Schedule for specific mini-recital and quiz grading rubrics.)
If you are unsatisfied with a mini-recital grade, you may reperform on a subsequent mini-recital.
If you are unsatisfied with a quiz grade, you may retake any quiz before 5:00 pm on the last day of class.

Attendance Grade: You must practice, therefore I take roll every class period. (If you attend class, I know you practiced that day.)
  You begin with 100 points. I lower your attendance grade
  • 1 point for every day you are tardy or leave early,
  • 2 points for every day you miss more than 25 minutes of class, or
  • 3 points for every unexcused absence.
A — 90 and above
B — 80 to 90
C — 70 to 80
D — 60 to 70
F — Below 60
However, you may make up absences on Fridays from 1:00–1:50 or by attending the other section of MUAP 115 if space permits.
What is an A? An A is going beyond what is usual. Students who simply meet minimum course requirements earn Bs or Cs. An A indicates extraordinary work and a B is a good grade.
Academic Honesty: Please refer to the Student Disciplinary Code of the NSU Student Handbook.
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Caveat: This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.