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Course Number:
MUP 171B
Course Title:
Applied Music/Piano
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Course Description

Provides individual private piano instruction. Develops applied performance skills at the music major/minor level. Draws repertory and technique methods from classical and/or jazz traditions. Includes training in performance practice and stylistic interpretation through focus on tone production, technique, applied keyboard knowledge, sight-reading and other aspects of musicianship as applied to the piano. Prerequisites: MUP 171A.

Addendum to Course Description

All applied music students are required to attend weekly lessons, attend weekly performance classes, participate in public performance, and complete a music jury. A substantial amount of out-of-lesson practice time is required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Use an understanding of beginning musicianship and performance etiquette to prepare and rehearse basic solo piano repertory.

Use an understanding of beginning music literacy to prepare and rehearse basic solo piano repertory for performance.

Use a beginning understanding of stylistic distinctions in basic solo piano repertory to accurately interpret music in performance.

Use a beginning understanding of the piano keyboard to continue to improve as a performer.

Aspirational Goals

  • Public performance of assigned repertoire demonstrating solid technique, musicianship and proper performance practice. (minimum of two area recitals in addition to final performance.)
  • Sightread excerpts of basic level repertory.
  • Participation in final recital and jury.
  • Successful completion of material assigned by private instructor.

Course Activities and Design

The material for the course will be presented in a one-on-one hands-on format.

Students will be required to perform in a final student recital and must pass
a performance jury at the end of every term before moving on to the next term of study.

Students are expected to participate in chamber ensembles and are required to perform a minimum
of two times per term in the weekly music performance area recitals.

Students will demonstrate good tone production, solid technique, rhythmic precision, proper
performance practice, good musicianship and perform scales and arpeggios at required tempi.

Students will learn and perform from memory representative works from
contrasting styles and eras.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Public music performance of material covered in lessons.

Completion of music jury at the end of the term - featuring qualitative and quantitative demonstration.

Attendance and participation in applied performance sessions.

Participation and preparation of material assigned during lessons.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The first year of study focuses on fundamental technique and repertoire development.
Instructors should assign exercises, etudes and repertoire according to individual student
need and ability. A minimum of at least one etude and two works from contrasting
stylistic periods should be assigned each term.
Areas of Study
• Fundamentals: Establish solid foundation
• Skills: Major and minor scales (hands together, four octaves)
• Major and minor arpeggios (hands together, four octaves)
• Sight-Reading: Four-part hymns and various selections
• Etudes and Methods: Instructor discretion
• Suggested Repertoire: Representative works from contrasting stylistic periods.
(a minimum of two works each term, one memorized)
Students must pass music jury and meet all requirements before advancing to next term

Demonstrate solid technique, musicianship and proper performance practice
in performance of assigned repertoire.
• Play root position major and minor scales (four octaves, two hands, quarter beat
values at 78 BPM).
• Play root position triad arpeggios (four octaves, two hands, quater beat values at
60 BPM).
• Sightread four-part hymns, chorales and selected repertoire at performance tempo.
• Learn and perform contrasting stylistic works as assigned by instructor (minimum
of one from memory).