Piano Laboratory Program
An important component complementing applied piano study in both graduate and undergraduate pedagogy degree programs is Baylor's Piano Laboratory Program, a creative approach to children's piano instruction in a stimulating environment of both group and private lessons. Baylor students are supervised teaching assistants in the musicianship classes and individual lessons for beginning and intermediate level piano students. Pedagogy students also have the opportunity to observe and assist in Kindermusik, a structured program in musical training for pre-school children. Musical and creative activities include listening, singing, ear training, ensemble work, playing instruments, movement and musical notation.
In addition to enhancing their theory and musicianship skills through the use of computer technology, Baylor keyboard majors also use this means to hone their performing and teaching skills. Interfacing a workstation with a MIDI-compatible acoustic grand in the practice area allows students to digitally record and play back assigned repertoire for purposes of interpretive and musical refinement.
The School of Music utilizes the latest advances in electronic technology to enhance its instructional program. The Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI) Lab houses learning stations equipped with ear-training and theory software, notation, sequencing, word processing, and HyperCard software. These stations are also connected to the campus student network, which gives students access to electronic mail, Moody Memorial Library's BayLIS catalogue, and other campus information.
Piano Laboratory / Computers
Pedagogy students regularly record and review their teaching experiences on digital videorecording equipment. In addition, through their pedagogy course work, they gain valuable experience in using the group piano laboratory, sequencer, and computer in preparing for teaching careers in the twenty-first century. Applied MIDI instruction is available to students in all keyboard degree programs.
The School of Music maintains an inventory of over 200 pianos including four Steinway concert instruments and seven-foot grands in the teaching studios. The McCrary Music Building offers 55 new Kawai grand and vertical pianos for student practice. In addition, the School of Music has a collection of early keyboard instruments, including its most recent acquisition, the William Wale fortepiano dating from about 1820. Other instruments in its inventory of restored pianos are an 1865 Broadwood grand and an 1882 Chickering square. Reproductions of early instruments include a Dowd two-manual harpsichord, the Boone-Casey fortepaino, a William Post Ross thin-case virginal, Alec Dodson domestic clavichord, and Sabathil pedal harpsichord.