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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1595

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Private Piano Fundamentals

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This course provides students with individual piano instruction and is repeatable one time for credit. This course develops a student's technical, interpretive, sight reading, pedagogical and improvisational skills while increasing his/her understanding of the history and repertory of the piano. The course is open to all non-Music Majors and for music students hoping to focus primarily on piano technique.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: .5-1; Lab: 1-2

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Justification: This course offers an excellent opportunity for all Snow College students to develop musicianship and performance skills on the piano. It will provide students with an opportunity to receive personalized, one on one instruction from Snow College music faculty. Similar private piano instruction courses are taught at most colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Private lesson students will:  

Develop good practice habits, and keep track of practice hours using a practice journal or log sheet 

Learn proper body posture 

Learn proper performing technique 

Learn and refine motor skills required for performance 

Learn musical literature (appropriate to skill level) from a wide variety of stylistic periods 

Memorize music for performance (where appropriate); 

As dictated by the private instruction teacher, students will demonstrate these skills by: 

Performing in public student recitals 

Performing in master classes 

Performing on end-of-semester juries  

In all cases of performance opportunities, students must demonstrate proper artistic style and technical facility. 

• Correct body posture including hand and feet positions
• Study of fingerings and correct hand frames
• Development of dynamic ranges
• Study of language necessary to perform music appropriately
• Study of major and minor scales and arpeggios
• Study of method books and etudes appropriate to student playing level
• Study of solo repertoire appropriate for college students and/or the individual level of the student
• Instruction in performance practice appropriate to stylistic periods
• Development of performance technique, including memorization techniques, stage deportment and anxiety management
• Study and practice will be assessed through instructor feedback and public performance.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students in private music instruction courses are assessed in the following ways (Percentages are approximate.):

Attendance at lessons (30-50%) 

Documented practice hours (30-50%) 

Recital participation and performance (0-40%) 

Jury participation and performance (0-40%) 







Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Repertoire varies widely from student to student in accordance with individual capabilities and developmental needs. Individual repertoire may include but is not limited to the following: Beethoven Sonatas, Bach Preludes and Fugues, and representative works from Chopin and Debussy.

Repertoire is available from a wide variety of sources including online websites that provide free download or in printed form from individual publishers as needed.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 1
Optimum Class Size: 1