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Undergraduate Courses Offered

Collaborative Keyboard Techniques

Required for all freshman and sophomore piano majors, this course is designed to introduce basic concepts of musical collaboration. The course focuses on exercises which improve sight reading skills and rhythmic control as well as techniques which develop heightened awareness of the soloist in terms of following skills and tonal balance. Literature is covered which helps strengthen the student's grasp of varying styles. Much of the literature studied is coordinated with the students' assigned accompanying requirements. Other literature is coordinated with the Rehearsalnet midi library so that students can hone their listening skills by hearing pre-recorded solo lines to help prepare for the 'real thing'. Study of figured bass, keyboard harmony, transposition and score reading are additional areas of training. During the junior year, students are also required to take Advanced Sight Reading and Keyboard Harmony.

Sight Reading for Pianists

An elective for piano majors of all levels, this course helps to delineate the many factors which one uses to read music, isolate them for detailed attention and development, ultimately leading to improved ability to read music. The improved reading skills help students to gain mastery of their solo and collaborative literature more quickly, enabling larger repertoires to be built through their academic and subsequent professional careers. The course is based on the teaching philosophy of Ignace Paderewski, who felt that '...the chief aim of every teacher of the pianoforte should be to impart to his/her student a correct technique which would enable the student to sight read any composition with proficiency and correctness...' This course is encouraged for all Keyboard Collaborative Arts majors and serves as a wonderful pedagogical basis for future piano teachers.

Undergraduate Accompanying

An excellent option for those junior and senior piano performance majors who, after completing four semesters of large ensemble requirement, may enroll in this course to focus their talents on the art of accompanying. This course is ideal for pianists who are considering pursuing graduate work in the area of keyboard collaborative arts.

Graduate Courses Offered

Graduate Accompanying Seminar

This course offers specialized instruction to students interested in gaining experience in working with instrumentalists and vocalists. Particular emphasis is focused in the areas of concerto reduction, balance techniques developed through study of pedaling and touch, and coaching techniques. It functions as a large ensemble credit. Some of the literature studied is coordinated with students' required accompanying assignments.

Electives

Every semester, an elective course is offered for students interested in a specific area of literature. Examples include: Keyboard Chamber Music of Brahms, Orchestral Piano Literature Audition Preparation, Baroque Figured Bass Realization, String Concerto Reduction, 20th Century Woodwind Sonatas, among others. D.M.A. Piano Majors who are minoring in Collaborative Arts may use this course's credit toward their elected minor area requirements.

Sight Reading for Pianists

An elective for piano majors of all levels, this course helps to delineate the many factors which one uses to read music, isolate them for detailed attention and development, ultimately leading to improved ability to read music. The improved reading skills help students to gain mastery of their solo and collaborative literature more quickly, enabling larger repertoires to be built through their academic and subsequent professional careers. The course is based on the teaching philosophy of Ignace Paderewski, who felt that '...the chief aim of every teacher of the pianoforte should be to impart to his/her student a correct technique which would enable the student to sight read any composition with proficiency and correctness...' This course is encouraged for all Keyboard Collaborative Arts majors and serves as a wonderful pedagogical basis for future piano teachers.