MUS 111 Keyboard Journal MUS 111   William Wieland
Throughout the semester, I assign piano playing which will help you learn music theory concepts. Each week, you will document new material you learned at the piano. In the middle of the semester and at the end of the semester I will read your journal and ask you to play several items.
Week 2 Chord Patterns in addition to those you learned in MUS 110
      1. Memorize I - V7- I in at least C, F, and G major.
      2. Memorize i - V7- i in at least a, d, and e minor.
      3. Memorize I - V+- I in at least C, F, and G major.
Sample journal entry: “Week 2 — I can play I - V7- I in __________, i - V7- i in __________, and I - V+- I in __________.”
Week 3 Score Reading (3 staves) — Learn either Jesu! Rex Admirabilis or Jesu, Salvator mundi. (Pianists learn O bone Jesu.)
Sample journal entry: “Week 3 — I can play __________ .” (Indicate the title.)
Week 5 Learn 2 tunes from the far right column of Lead Sheets, one with a diminished triad and another with an augmented triad.
Play the melody with your right hand and root position chords with your left hand.
Sample journal entry: “Week 3 — I can play __________ .” (Indicate at least 2 titles.)
Week 6 C Clefs — Prepare a piece from Music that includes C clefsbut not the tune you played last semester.
Sample journal entry: “Week 6 — I can play __________ .” (Indicate the title.)
Week 8 MIDTERM — Submit a paper copy of your keyboard journal to Dr. Wieland when you perform your individual midterm.
 
Week 10 Sing and Play — Sing a familiar song while playing chords with your right hand and a bass line with your left hand.
Sample journal entry: “Week 10 — I can sing __________ while playing chords and a bass line at the piano.” (Indicate the title.)
Week 11 Six-Four Chords — Learn the names of and be prepared to perform the cadential six-four, pedal six-four, arpeggiated six-four, and passing six-four in at least one key.
Sample journal entry: “Week 12 — I can play six-four chords in the following keys: __________ .” (List all of the major keys you can play—12 if possible.)
Week 13 Play by Ear — First memorize the vi - ii - V - I progression with your left hand. Next, add one of the following melodies with your right hand:
"Blue Moon", "The Jeopardy Theme" or "Heart and Soul".
Sample journal entry: “Week 14 — I can play __________ .” (Indicate the title(s).)
Week 14 Harmonize an unmarked melody.— Without writing them down, add appropriate chords to 3 unmarked melodies—but not tunes you played last semester.
Sample journal entry: “Week 5 — I can harmonize __________ .” (List 3 titles.)
Week 16 FINAL — Submit a paper copy of your keyboard journal to Dr. Wieland when you perform your individual final.
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 111, 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