Piano 2

Course Number: MUS-115DLCredit Hours: 2

Course Description

In keeping with the concept of paralleling the Ear Training/Theory curriculum, Piano 2 introduces chord construction of triads and seventh chords with emphasis on chord qualities, voicing, inversions, voice leading, progressions, transposition, interpreting a lead sheet and the study of beginning piano repertoire. In addition to reading written pitch, Roman Numerals and chord symbols in root position and inversion, are introduced. Prerequisite: Piano 1.

Kait Dunton

KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Kait has produced and released three albums of original compositions, with a fourth featuring her equally out-of-the-box arranging style. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles.

Classically trained, Kait now works primarily in jazz and contemporary genres, maintaining a balanced career of performance, composition and education. Her enthusiasm and love for music radiates as much on the stage as in the classroom. A Pasadena native and an alum of Polytechnic School, Kait holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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Week 1:

  • Introduce major, minor, diminished and augmented triads and their inversions
  • Introduce the I-V progression in root position and all possible inversions
  • Transposition


Week 2:

  • Figured Bass
  • I-V-I progression using inversions

Week 3:

  • Introduce major 7th, minor 7th, half-diminished 7th, and dominant 7th chords in root position
  • Introduce the I-IV-V progression in root position and all possible inversions
  • Bach Minuet


Week 4:

  • I-IV-I-V-I Progression in inversion using figured bass
  • Excerpt from Bach’s Minuet in G


Week 5:

  • Introduce new 7th chords: fully diminished 7th, major 7th #5, minor-major 7th and dominant 7th sus. I, ii, IV + V chords (inversions + figured bass)
  • Introduce voicing chords for the left hand
  • Voice leading left hand chords in “Fly Me to the Moon”

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a piano or keyboard to play through musical examples.

You will need:

  • Access to an 88-key keyboard or piano (must be in the same location as an Ethernet-based internet connection and your computer for testing purposes)
  • Webcam
  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device
  • Metronome (or metronome app)

Software Requirements: