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Course Policies - Fall 2014

MUPR 1126-990 Online Piano - Elective Study for Beginners(non-music majors)

Welcome to the Music Department! Online piano study is a unique learning opportunity for students who have not previously studied piano, comprised of the following:

Weekly online assignments, using eNovative Piano software. In lieu of a textbook, you are required to purchase a subscription to eNovative Piano.com which will give you access to the site for the entire semester. Many of the materials on the eNovative Piano site are multimedia, but you may wish to print out the "printable" documents and assignments and keep them organized in a notebook so you can read the music at the piano when you practice. Please purchase the "Semester" plan ($30), as it is the most economical choice.

After you enroll in MUPR 1126-990 at UALR and subscribe to eNovative Piano, the instructor will send you the "join code" for the course, and you will have access to all the semester assignments on the eNovative Piano site.

To preview a Sample Lesson on eNovative Piano, before you subscribe, visit this link.

Blackboard will also be used for our course. This is an online course, and high-speed internet access is required. Students should log on to eNovative Piano and Blackboard regularly each week, in addition to practicing assigned music at the piano.


1. Learn elementary piano patterns, including 5-finger patterns, triads, melody and accompaniment patterns, and scales.

2. Learn and perform music in two clefs from the eNovative Piano assignments.

3. Establish good practice habits.

4. Develop mental and physical coordination.

5. Demonstrate mastery of rudiments of piano playing: good posture and hand position, familiarity with the layout of the keyboard, and basic concepts of pulse, rhythm, and meter.

6. Enhance musical listening skills.

7. Turn in video of yourself performing. You will need to have the capability to video record selected pieces from assignments as your performances. Options for recording are:

  • Smartphone/iPad/Tablet
  • Laptop or desktop with video web cam

Required Materials:

Subscription to eNovative Piano.com . eNovative Piano performs best in the Mozilla Firefox browser. If you don't already have this free browser on your home computer, you may download it here.

PIANO-either in the UALR Music Dept. practice facilities or in your home. This is a performance-based course. You must have regular access to an acoustic piano or high-quality digital piano several days per week in order to do the work for this course. It is strongly recommended that students practice a minimum of 4 days per week for at least 30 minutes at a time, consistently, throughout the semester.

Choosing a Piano: the practice rooms on the 2nd floor of the Fine Arts building at UALR contain tuned upright pianos in good working condition. These are a good practice resource. If you are practicing at home, make sure your piano is tuned and in good working order. If it's out of tune, you won't be able to tell when you're hitting the right notes when you practice, and wrong note errors are more likely.

If you are using a digital piano for practicing assigned piano music, it should have weighted action and 76 or 88 FULL SIZE keys. (A mini-keyboard with fewer than 76 keys is NOT an option for this course. It doesn't have enough notes to play the required music in the course.)

Student Evaluation:

  • Access our course Blackboard shell and eNovative piano weekly. Access will be monitored.
  • eNovative Piano assignments
  • Musictheory.net assignments and quizzes (accessed through eNovative Piano subscription)
  • Written tests, administered via Blackboard
  • Video piano performances turned in by the student

The Class Week begins on Monday at 10 am and runs through the following Monday 10 am (CST).
Each Monday morning the current week's piano assignments become available on eNovative Piano.com

All Piano Assignments are due by the following Monday 10 am (CST).

Practice Requirements:

Be aware that the amount of practicing you do directly affects the quality of your work and the assignments you are able to successfully complete on eNovative Piano.com for the semester, which in turn determines your semester grade. Piano performance skills are partly motor skill and partly mental development, and like sports, to get good at it, you have to spend a lot of time doing it several days per week. The minimum practice requirement is 4 days per week for at least 30 minutes at a time at the piano. This is in addition to the time you spend logging on to eNovative Piano and Blackboard. Natural ability varies from student to student, but no one can afford to skip practicing at the piano at least 4 days per week for at least 30 minutes at a time. You can't cram music practice and get good results for accuracy, fluency, and musicality.


There are 8 piano practice modules located on the 2nd floor of the Fine Arts Building. Students may use the single-piano modules. Practice modules are generally available on a "first come-first served" basis during regular building hours, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily.


A= superior work - meaning all assignments on eNovative Piano are completed by specified due dates, student performs recorded examples with a high level of accuracy, good tone, steady tempo, and playing the right notes.

B= above average work

C= average work

D=passing work, below average

F= failing work

Grading Scale: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F < 60%

Weighted Grading Criteria:

Register for eNovative Piano . . . . . 10% of semester grade
Warm-up Videos (4) . . . . . . . . . . . 20% " "
Performance Videos (4) . . . . . . . . .40% " "
musictheory.net quizzes and quizzes on Blackboard . .15% " "
Written Tests (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15% " "

TOTAL 100%

Semester grades are awarded based on the weighted average of the grades earned on all graded criteria.


Dr. Holzer is available to provide tutoring assistance on piano assignments for this online course via Blackboard Collaborate. This tool in Blackboard allows distance-learning students to have a virtual meeting with the instructor to ask questions about assignments from eNovative Piano. Three tutoring sessions are required during the semester. Additional tutoring may be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.

Late Work will have a grade penalty of 1 letter grade for each delinquent day. If the graded material turned in merited a "B" for quality, but was turned in one day late, the grade will drop one letter and it will receive a "C" grade instead. All work should be turned in on time to maximize the learning experience.

Points of Interest...

Public Radio Station KLRE FM 90.5

Music Stores:

Local: Barnes & Noble 11500 Financial Center Pkwy. Phone: 954-7646

Saied Music Company 2921 Lakewood Village Dr. Phone: 758-0200

Carolyn's Keyboard Corner 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Phone: 217-0275

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty Statement: College and University regulations regarding academic dishonesty, as set forth in the UALR student handbook and other university documents and publications, will be strictly enforced in this class. Any student caught in the act of cheating will be assigned a grade of zero points (F) for the assignment in question. If written work does not appear to be your own, you will be questioned about it and appropriate action will be taken.

Students with Disabilities: Your success in this class is important to me, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have a documented disability (or need to have a disability documented), and need an accommodation, please contact me privately as soon as possible, so that we can discuss with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) how to meet your specific needs and the requirements of the course. The DRC offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process among you, your instructor(s) and the DRC. Thus, if you have a disability, please contact me and/or the DRC, at 501-569-3143 (V/TTY) or 501-683-7629 (VP). For more information, visit the DRC website at http://ualr.edu/disability/

Web accessibility Statement: It is the policy and practice of UALR to make all web information accessible to students with disabilities. If you, as a student with a disability, have difficulty accessing any part of any online course materials for this class, please notify the instructor immediately.

Weather Policy: The UALR website, UALR email, the University’s main telephone number (501-569-3000), and the campus emergency alert system are the official means of communicating all information concerning weather-related closing. Local television and radio stations will also be notified. Weather and road conditions vary from place to place. Employees and students are expected to exercise good judgment regarding the safety of travel when road conditions are affected by the weather.

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