Course Descriptions

Piano Literature and Teaching Materials

MUS 4322/24 PIANO LITERATURE I, II (3-3 cr.)

A two-semester survey of the literature for keyboard instruments from early sources to the present. Didactic works of major and secondary piano composers are studied, analyzed, and catagorized as teaching material.

Piano Pedagogy

MUS 3312 PIANO PEDAGOGY I (3 cr.)

Fundamentals of piano teaching, examination of the learning process and its application to the elementary student. Review of teaching materials and music technology for the elementary student. Observation and directed teaching in the Piano Laboratory Program, both individual and group lesson settings.

MUS 3313 PIANO PEDAGOGY II (3 cr.)

Examination and evaluation of beginning piano methods. Survey of, analysis, and classification of pre-college teaching literature. Independent studio management and planning. Observation and directed teaching in the Piano Laboratory Program, both individual and group lesson settings.

MUS 4317 PIANO PEDAGOGY III (3 cr.)

Examination and evaluation of standard literature, teaching materials and music technology for the intermediate student. Exploring issues related to the piano teaching profession. Directed teaching in the Piano Laboratory Program, both individual and group lesson settings.

MUS 4315/16 ADVANCED PIANO PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICUM I, II (3-3 cr.)

Comprehensive study of the group teaching process at the collegiate level. Learning/teaching theories with application to class piano teaching. Comparative methodology, lesson planning and literature for class piano, keyboard skills for music majors, the electronic piano laboratory and new technology. Includes observation and supervised teaching of college piano classes at varied levels.

MUS 4114/15 INTERNSHIP IN PIANO TEACHING I, II (1-1 cr.)

Undergraduate assignments in piano teaching: children's classes and individual lessons in the Preparatory Laboratory Program; assist in college piano classes. Faculty direction and evaluation. Opportunities to gain varied teaching experiences.

Keyboard Ensembles

MUS 0135 PIANO ENSEMBLE (1-2 sem.)

MUS 0136 ACCOMPANYING (4-6 sem.)

First semester: Introduction to collaborative repertoire and techniques. Emphasis is on efficient personal practice methods and ensemble rehearsal techniques in the first half of the semester; special attention is given to score study, sight-reading, time management as well as techniques for dealing with orchestral reductions. Collaborative skills of balance, ensemble, and shared musical leadership are addressed through master class and private coaching of repertoire prepared as part of required assignments in vocal and/or instrumental studios.

Subsequent Semesters: Repertoire prepared as part of assignments in instrumental and vocal studios is coached privately and in master class. Collaborative skills of balance, ensemble, and shared musical leadership are emphasized, along with rehearsal techniques and study methods specific to the preparation of vocal repertoire as distinct from instrumental repertoire. Assignments include applied lessons, rehearsals, and related public performances as appropriate.

MUS 0137 KEYBOARD SKILLS (1-1 cr.)

Designed to develop basic keyboard proficiency in sight-reading, transposition, open score reading, improvisation, accompanying, and ensemble playing. The specific roles and skills required of the church pianist, the conductor-choral accompanist, and the commercial pianist (studio, musical theater) are covered. Basic introduction to electronic keyboards. Fundamentals of conducting and choral rehearsal techniques from the piano.

Graduate Pedagogy Courses

MUS 5114/15 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN PIANO TEACHING I, II (1-1 cr.)

Special assignments in piano teaching: children's classes and individual lessons in the Preparatory Laboratory Program; group and private instruction of college students; adult leisure piano. Faculty direction and evaluation. Provides opportunities to broaden prior teaching experience.

MUS 5V89 SPECIAL RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN PIANO PEDAGOGY (2 cr.)

Prerequisite: Music 5320. Individual graduate research project in the field of pedagogy. Project may be a formal paper, an instructional video or piano workshop, an annotated survey of teaching materials, or original materials for piano teaching. Subject must be approved prior to registration and may not duplicate directly any coursework or substitute for required courses.

MUS 4V13 SUMMER WORKSHOP IN PIANO TEACHING (1 cr.)

Varied pedagogic subjects presented in lecture, seminar, and master class. Group procedures, the digital keyboard laboratory and new technology, independent studio teaching, materials and methods.

Graduate Collaborative Piano Courses

MUS 5252/53 SEMINAR IN VOCAL COLLABORATION I, II (2-2 cr.)

A performance-based survey of standard opera and art song repertoire for the voice in a two-semester sequence: 5252: Opera Arias (Italian, German, French, English), Italian and English language song, as well as techniques for dealing with orchestral reductions; 5253: German Lied, French chanson and mélodie. Study and peformance techinques specific to vocal literature are addressed through master class performance and coaching of repertoire as assigned by the Director of Collaborative Piano. Offered in alternating years with Seminar in Instrumental Collaboration.

MUS 5254/55 SEMINAR IN INSTRUMENTAL COLLABORATION I, II (2-2 cr.)

A performance-based survey of standard duo instrumental repertoire in a two-semester sequence: 5254: Strings; 5255: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Study and peformance techniques specific to instrumental literature are addressed through master class performance and coaching of repertoire as assigned by the Director of Collaborative Piano. Offered in alternating years with Seminar in Vocal Collaboration.

Courses for Organ Major

MUS 4210 ORGAN METHODS (2 cr.)

A course for prospective organ teachers. Methods and materials; church and concert repertoire. Students gain practical experience by teaching in summer organ institute.

MUS 4213 SERVICE PLAYING (2 cr.)

A course designed to teach the role of music in the worship service, the fundamentals of church service playing, creative hymn playing, surveying and planning church service music for the year, anthem and solo accompaniments, conducting from the organ console, rehearsal techniques, organ improvisation for the church service, and the basics of church organ design.

MUS 4343/44 ORGAN LITERATURE I, II (3-3 cr.)

Organ literature from the earliest tablatures to contemporary and avant-garde music.