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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: MUSI 171
Course Title: Applied Lessons Piano
Number of:
Credit Hours 1
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 1
Catalog Description:

Study of proper techniques of piano playing. Students must successfully complete each level twice before advancing to the next level.


No textbooks are used. Music is chosen, on the level of the individual student, beginner to advanced, from the various periods of music history: Middle Ages Renaissance Baroque Classical Romantic Impressionism Twentieth Century Post-Modern Contemporary

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate increased technical ability by the end of each semester of studio applied private lessons.
  2. Use personal practice time effectively and efficiently.
  3. Demonstrate developing ability for self-evaluation and assessment.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Students are expected to practice approximately an hour daily, preferably six days a week
  • Focusing on performing music with technical accuracy
  • Developing good posture and physical practices that support good playing technique
  • Growing in an appreciation of the piano and its musical repertoire. Students participate in an end of semester class recital.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

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Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: April 15, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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