Class Piano


All group piano classes are taught in the electronic music lab, Music Building Room 135. The lab has 16 full-size electronic keyboards with weighted keys and pedals. Students are required to provide their own headphones. Most classes contain five levels—MUP 130, 131, 132, 231 and 232. If you aren’t certain of your level, register for Beginning Group Piano (MUP 130) and your instructor will place you in the appropriate level on the first day of class. Prior music experience is not required for Beginning Group Piano (MUP 130)—beginners are welcome. All sections of class piano are open to both music majors and non-majors.

Beginning Group Piano: Basic introduction to playing piano through music reading, chords, rhythmic, and written activities. Designed for those with little or no piano experience. Prerequisites: None.

Class Piano I: Development of beginning piano techniques and the fundamentals of music including basic hand position, music reading skills of melodic and harmonic material, major scales, transposition and harmonization including the I, IV, and V7 chords. Prerequisites: None.

Class Piano II: Continuation of Piano I with emphasis on elementary piano techniques including major and minor scales, transposition, improvisation, and sight-reading. Prerequisites: Class Piano I or permission of instructor.

Class Piano III: Development of intermediate piano techniques including selected solo literature, transposition of harmonic patterns and secondary dominants. Prerequisites: Class Piano II or permission of instructor.

Class Piano IV: Continuation of Piano III including modulation techniques, improvisation of piano accompaniments, advanced chromatic harmony and sight reading of more difficult literature. Prerequisites: Class Piano III or permission of instructor.

For more information contact:

Dr. Christina D. Novak

Director of Music Theory and Class Piano

at Scottsdale Community College