Music Department
Creative Arts Division
De Anza College

Music 12A: Piano 1

Prerequisites: None (Music 10A recommended)

Time: 6:30-9:10 PM Thursday

Place: A29 De Anza Campus

Instructor: Gail Hicks

Instructor Bio: De Anza Music Faculty


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The aim of the course is to develop practical keyboard facility and reading skills as efficiently as possible. The following areas will be included in the course curriculum: major scales (C,G,D,A,E), major and minor triads, harmonization of melodies with I, IV, and V chords, prepared performances of selected pieces, ensemble playing, and improvisation in a variety of styles, rhythms, and textures.

The final grade for the quarter will be determined by the total on the Skill Checkpoints (30%), the Midterm Examination (30%), and the Final Examination (40%).

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To register for this class, click on "Apply and Register" on the main menu of the De Anza College website and follow the instructions contained in that section.

Required Textbooks

Joy of First-Year Piano  by Denes Agay

Side by Side Duets, Part 1  by Ted Cooper and Amy Glennon

Music 12A Handouts  by Gail Hicks

Additional Resources

Scales and Arpeggios  by Anna Poklewski

Lead Lines and Chord Changes  by Ann Collins


Skill Checkpoints and Assignments
Class 1 No skills due.
Agay: Read pp.3-10
Collins: No assignment
Class 2 No skills due.
5-Finger Patterns
Agay: New Pieces pp. 11-12
Collins: My Favorite Things
Class 3 No skills due.
Agay: Review piece p. 12
Agay: New Pieces pp. 14, 15, and 16
Collins: My Favorite Things
Class 4 Skill 1: Posture
Skill 2: 5-Finger Patterns
Agay: Review pieces pp. 14, 15, and 16
Agay: New pieces pp. 17, 18, and 19
Collins: My Favorite Things
Class 5 Skill 3: "Good King Wenceslas," Joy of Piano p. 16
Skill 4: Intervals: 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths
Agay: Review pieces pp. 17, 18, and 19
Agay: New piece pp. 23
Collins: My Favorite Things
Class 6 Skill 5: Major/minor triads
Skill 6: Drop/lift technique
Agay: Review pieces pp. 17, 18, and 19
Agay: New pieces pp. 23
Collins: Do-Re-Mi
Class 7 Skill 7: Chord Inversions in C and G
Prepare Midterm Examination
Collins: Do-Re-Mi
Class 8 Midterm Examination
Agay: New pieces pp. 26, 28, and 34
Collins: Do-Re-Mi
Class 9 Skill 8: Harmonization
Agay: New pieces pp. 55
Collins: Do-Re-Mi
Class 10 Skill 9: Chords: I IV I V I in C, G, and D
Skill 10: Scales: Hands together in C, G, and D
Collins: Do-Re-Mi
Prepare Recital
Class 11 Recital
Class 12 Final Examination

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