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Graduate Piano

MU501 and MU601, Piano Performance Seminar. 

Weekly forum required for all Piano Performance majors. Student and Guest Performances. Regular master classes by guest pianists and piano faculty. Focus on student performing, with discussion of performance anxiety, memory, interpretation, recordings, competitions, practicing and all issues pertinent to performing. Students are encouraged to pursue performance opportunities and course instructors may, at their discretion, assign external performance work in the community to individual students as needed to reinforce the course curriculum.

2 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU521 and MU522, Piano Literature 1 and 2. 

Intensive study of Baroque and Classical Repertoire.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

MU563 and MU564, Keyboard Harmony 1 and 2. 

Applied keyboard skills for piano majors with emphasis on harmonization (diatonic and chromatic functions), transposition, and traditional figured bass realization. Styles of harmonization extend from traditional accompaniment patterns to an introduction of contemporary 7th and 9th chords and lead sheet harmonization.

2 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU565 and MU566, Keyboard Techniques 1 and 2. 

An intensive and personally fitted overview of piano technique (scales, arpeggios, double notes, touches, etc.), score-reading and sight-reading techniques.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

MU595 and MU596, Piano Pedagogy 1 and 2. 

The study of principles and practices of music teaching focused on the Piano. The discussion of methods and materials is followed by guided laboratory work with both class and private students. Course instructors may, at their discretion, assign external teaching work in the community to individual students as needed to reinforce the course curriculum/course objectives.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

MU621 and MU622, Piano Literature 3 and 4. 

Intensive study of Romantic and Contemporary repertoire.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

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