Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Beginning Piano Class

MUS- P 110 / 2 Cr.

This course is designed for students with little or no background at the keyboard. We will move quickly, though, and after just one semester, you'll be playing and understanding simple pieces of written music and you will have gained sufficient understanding and experience to improvise and make up your own music. You will be able to demonstrate your understanding of theoretical concepts that make up the 'language' of music. You will have begun to explore the concept of personal expression and communication through music.

Alfred's Piano 101, Book 1 by E. L. Lancaster and Kenon D. Renfrow, Alfred Publishing Co., Van Nuys, CA. 1999. 1 pair of in-ear or on-ear headphones with built-in cord microphone, single 1/8" jack a place (notebook, computer file) to record assignments, self-reflections, stay organized


By the end of this course you will:

  • know how to use your body to play the piano comfortably, efficiently, and with good physical control
  • have gained basic experience in reading music fluently for two hands
  • have a grasp of basic music theory concepts such as intervals, keys, chords, rhythmic values, meter and counting
  • be able to demonstrate performing parameters such as tempo, dynamics, articulation
  • be able to use primary chords to harmonize melodies by ear
  • be able to improvise based on simple chord patterns
  • have had experience performing for your peers at least three times