MUS 110 Keyboard Journal Theory Things   William Wieland
Throughout the semester, I assign piano playing to reinforce music theory concepts. Most weeks you will document new material you learned at the piano in a journal. In the middle of the semester and at the end of the semester I will ask you to play several items from your journal. Please save your keyboard journal in a location you can access each class day, e.g. a usb flash drive or Google Drive. Sample JournalD2L
Week 1 Sight Reading — Sight read music at Free Piano Music! Home. Write down the titles of the most challenging music you can play reasonably well with very little practice. (We all can improve our sight reading. I encourage you to do so whenever you have a free moment.) — Major Triad Lookalikes
Sample journal entry: “Week 1 — I can sight read __________ .” (List at least 3 titles.)
Week 2 Vocal Warm-ups — Memorize at least one. — Major Triad Vocal Warm-up — Major Triad Cheat Sheet — Vocal warm-up in 12 major keys (5-finger Pattern Cheat Sheet) — More experienced pianists will memorize more Vocal Warm-ups. — More Vocal Warm-ups
Sample journal entry: “Week 2 — I can play __________ vocal warm-up(s) from memory.” (Indicate the number.)
Week 3 Look ahead. (No class on Monday) — Practice any tricky assignments. — Minor Triad Lookalikes — Perfect Fifths at the Keyboard
Week 4 Minor Triad Vocal Warm-up — Memorize at least one. — Many Mumbling Mice — Straightforward Version — Boom-chuck Version — Minor Triad Cheat Sheet
Sample journal entry: “Week 4 — I can play ‘Many Mumbling Mice’.” (Indicate which version.)
Week 5 Chord Patterns (related to, but different from, cadence patterns) — Ask me to demonstrate examples in real music.
      1. Memorize I - V - I in at least C, F and G major. — Explanation — Examples in 6 keys
      2. Memorize I - IV - I in at least C, F and G major. — Explanation — Examples in 6 keys
Sample journal entry: “Week 5 — I have memorized I - V - I in the following keys: __________ and I - IV - I in the following keys: __________ .”
(List all of the major keys you can play for each chord pattern—12 if possible.)
Week 6 Harmonize an unmarked melody. — Perform a non-Christmas melody with your right hand and appropriate cadence pattern chords with your left.
Sample journal entry: “Week 6 — I can play __________ .” (List at least 1 title.)
Week 7 MIDTERM — Please perform what you can today. You have 2 weeks to improve your keyboard journal midterm grade.
Week 8 MIDTERMS in my office (No class on Monday) — You are welcome to perform the keyboard journal midterm during one of my office hours.
Week 9 MIDTERM — This is the last week to perform your keyboard journal midterm.
 
Week 10 C Clefs — Prepare a piece from Music that includes C clefs.
Sample journal entry: “Week 10 — I can play __________ .” (List at least 1 title which uses a C clef.)
Week 11 Major Triad Leadsheets — Learn Dr. Wieland's Ridiculous Piano Piece.
— Learn Little Brown Jug, Oh, Susannah, and/or Yankee Doodle in all of the given keys. — You have several performance options:
 1. Play the triads with one or both hands while I sing the melody.
 2. Play the melody with your right hand and the triads with your left hand like the Keyboard Competency.
 3. Play triad roots with your left hand and inverted chords with your right hand in a rhythm of your choosing while I sing the melody.
Sample journal entry: “Week 11 — In addition to Dr. Wieland's Ridiculous Piano Piece, I can play __________ .” (List the title(s) and how you perform.)
Week 12 Minor Triad Leadsheets — Learn Beriozka in all of the given keys using one of the 3 performance options described last week.
Sample journal entry: “Week 12 — I can play “Beriozka” __________ .” (Describe how you perform the folk song.)
Week 13 Chord Patterns (related to, but different from, cadence patterns)
      1. Memorize i - V - i in at least c, f and g minor. — Explanation — Examples in 6 keys
      2. Memorize i - iv - i in at least c, f and g minor. — Explanation — Examples in 6 keys
Sample journal entry: “Week 13 — I have memorized i - V - i in the following keys: __________ and i - iv - i in the following keys: __________ .”
(List all of the minor keys you can play for each chord pattern—12 if possible.)
Week 14 Harmonize a Christmas carol. — Perform a Christmas carol melody with your right hand and appropriate cadence pattern chords with your left.
Sample journal entry: “Week 14 — I can play __________ .” (List at least 1 Christmas carol title.)
Week 15 FINAL — Please perform what you can today. You have just over a week to improve your keyboard journal final grade.
Week 16 FINAL — You may perform your keyboard journal final for me any time until 5:00 pm of the last day of class.
One third of your keyboard journal grade will be based upon punctual weekly entries.
A single sentence will suffice, e.g. “I memorized all of Beethoven's piano sonatas.”
To submit your sentence, open a word document and save it as your keyboard journal.
Type Week 2 and your sentence, save, logon to D2L, go to MUS 110, click Dropbox,
click the appropriate week and upload the file. Each week you will add to this file and
submit it in the appropriate dropbox. I grade weekly entries with the rubric to the right:
100 points — submitted on time
95 points — handed in on the weekend
85 points — turned in the following week
75 points — submitted the week after that
50 points — later
0 points— never submitted
Two thirds of your grade will be based upon your ability to play what you journaled,
one third in the middle of the term and one third at the end of the semester.
Each item will be graded from 0–100 using the rubric to the right:
100 points — substantially exceeded expectations
85 points — good performance
70 points — satisfactory performance
50 points — struggled, but managed to play
0 points— utterly failed to perform