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John Thomsen - Creative Arts

Music 12B/C
Class Piano II & III

Time and Place:  A-29, MWF, 9:30-10:20
De Anza College
Prof. John David Thomsen
Music 12B
Winter, 2016
Time and Place:  A-29, Mon. Wed. and Fri. at 10:30-11:20.

Office hours: M, W,   10:00 to 10:30, F 9:30-10:30, in A-29.  Please make an appointment.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Music 12-A  or similar class at another college. (Students should have the ability to read treble and bass clef very well).  The overall goal of this class is that the successful student will perform piano solos from memory and music scores  and develop an advanced understanding of form, harmony and dynamics.

Required Texts:  An Introduction to Classics to Moderns Selected and Edited by Denes Agay ISBN# 0.8256.1266.7   and/or  J.S. Bach Selection from Anna Magdalena's Notebook  (no ISBN #).  Other materials may also be used depending on each student’s ability.
Required Materials: Manuscript paper.


Important Dates:

Last day to drop without record is January 18th.  Last day to drop with a "W" is February 26th

The final exam will take place on Wednesday March 23rd at 9:15.

Class Attendance/Participation: Students are required to attend all classes and participate in discussions, group performing and other in-class activities. Credit for missed class participation cannot be made-up because it can only be done in class.  Students will receive 1 points for each full class they have participated in and only partial points if they arrive late or leave early.  Student may receive additional points for the written assignment completed during class (worth 1 point each). 

Practice:  Students are expected to practice an average of 30 minutes each day.  Practice rooms are available to students enrolled in performing music classes.  To receive the practice room key for the quarter, fill out the form (with the check) and turn in the form to the lock box at A-16th). 

Homework/Quizzes:   Homework and quizzes will be assigned weekly and will make up, along with class participation, a major portion of your final grade in the class. The homework assignment or quiz may be in written form or may be a performance in front of the instructor. All work and performances must be ready by the beginning of the class on that due date. Missed assignments may be made-up during the next class.  Note that the assignments for each week may be to complete a specific portion of the larger project.  Weekly assignments may not be in the form of a complete composition.  

Mid-Term and Final: (10pts. Each)  There will be one mid-term and one final. The format for the mid-term and final will be a performance for your colleagues. The specific works will be assigned by the instructor. 

Overall Goal:  The successful student will demonstrate the basic knowledge of music notation enabling them to find pitches to be played on the keyboard and for the amount of time suggested by standard proportional duration. Additionally, the successful student will be able to play major and minor scales up to four sharps and flats with a high degree of accuracy.  

Drop Policy:  Dropping a course is the responsibility of the student.  Students are enrolled in the course until they have followed the drop procedure. The instructor will not drop a student after the first day of instruction. The only exceptions to this are hospitalization (This requires a note from a doctor on letter head with contact information), death or incarceration all of which will need proof by documentation.

Receiving an "INC":  In the event of an emergency situation, where by a student misses the final, the last assignment or something of that nature, students can receive an incomplete so that the missing work may be made-up within a time frame discussed between the instructor and the student. An incomplete will not be granted because of poor classroom performance or missed classroom participation.  Additionally, the missing work must be completed by the following quarter of the academic year and must include some written documentation for the change of grade from the recorded incomplete.


98%-100% = A+    93%-97%= A    90%-92% = A-

87%-89% = B+      83%-86% = B    80%-82% = B-

77%-79% = C+     70%-76% = C

67%-69%= D+      63%- 66%= D  60%-62% = D-

59% or lower = F

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Last Updated: 4/25/16