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 .
To develop musical and technical skills needed for playing piano with ease and enjoyment.
To develop the analytical skills needed to improve musical memory.
To evolve personal responsibility for regular practice habits.
To enhance public performance skills.
To increase knowledge of the standard piano repertoire and its composers.
Articulate verbally and in writing the value of intelligent, regular practice habits.
Play with a vital, upright posture.
Display an understanding of musical structure and form through mastery of memorization technique.
Play with freedom, vitality, expressive touch, efficiency, sonority, and evenness on tone production.
Demonstrate progress toward mastery of meter and rhythm.
Demonstrate progress toward mastery of pedal technique.
Display a natural, gracious, poised, and attractive stage presence.
Demonstrate progress toward mastery of a sensitive, intelligent, and dynamically expressive interpretation of beginning standard piano literature.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. 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.