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Undergraduate Piano

MU107, MU207, MU307, and MU407, Piano Performance Seminar. 

Weekly forum required for all Piano Performance majors for all four years of study. 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

MU163 and MU164, 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; 2 credits

MU165 and MU166, 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

MU267, Duo Sonata Class. 

Introduction to the art of piano/instrumental collaboration. The basic skills of ensemble, balance, and interpretation are discussed in a performance-based context featuring the duo-sonata literature, primarily that of the classical and romantic periods. Required of piano majors; satisfies chamber music requirement for instrumentalists.

2 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU268, Vocal/Piano Duos. Introduction to the art of piano/vocal collaboration. 

The basic skills of ensemble, balance, and interpretation are discussed in a performance-based context featuring art song of various periods and languages. Required of piano majors.

2 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU321 and MU322, Piano Literature 1 and 2. 

Intensive study of Baroque and Classical Repertoire.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

MU421 and MU422, Piano Literature 3 and 4. 

Intensive study of Romantic and Contemporary repertoire.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

MU495 and MU496, 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

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