Piano Major Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Piano Lab 203

Office 303

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MUAP-1271-001 Piano Major


Prerequisite: Audition or instructor consent

Course Description

One 60-minute lesson per week, minimum 10 hours of outside practice per week required. For music majors, in their major area of performance. Emphasis on development of technique, musicianship and extensive repertoire from contrasting historical periods.

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(2 sem hr; 1 hr lesson, 10 hr practice)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


All material will be assigned individually at first lesson and throughout semester as needed.


Assignment notebook (spiral or 3 ring binder of any size)


Music as assigned by instructor

Student Performance

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

1. Play at least five technical studies by Hanon, Czerny, or other composers.

2. Play all major scales, 2 octave minimum, in eighth notes, quarter note = 90.

3. Perform at least 4 works chosen from the piano repertoire representing various styles, touches, tempi, and periods, (at least 2 from memory), demonstrating a growing awareness of musical expression. Representative works of literature would include, but not be limited to:

Bach - Two and Three Part Inventions,

Clementi - Sonatinas

Chopin - Preludes, Waltzes, and Mazurkas

Schumann - Kinderszenen

Brahms - Waltzes

Debussy - Preludes

Bartok - Sonatina, Mikrokosmos

Kabalevsky - Sonatinas

The student will show a continuous, steady improvement in the mastery of technical and musical skills at the piano. Various technical problems will be addressed according to the individual needs of the student. Repertoire from the major periods of music will be studied. By the end of the semester the student will be able to play various technical exercises, and at least four major pieces from the piano repertoire (two from memory) as a final examination.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Each student is expected to practice a minimum of 10 to 15 hours per week, divided evenly among the days of the week.

Grading Criteria

Each weekly lesson will be graded, according to improvement and effort shown on weekly assignments. Students are expected to practice for 10 to 15 hours per week, divided evenly among the days of the week. Weekly grades will be based on the following criteria:

A Entire assignment learned and presented in a polished manner

B Assignment learned, with a few problems

C Assignment attempted, with many difficulties

D Poorly prepared lesson, with little outside practice demonstrated

F Very poorly prepared lesson, with no outside practice demonstrated; or absent from lesson without prior notification (one unexcused absence is allowed)

The student must contact the instructor prior to the scheduled lesson time to set up a makeup lesson time, at the instructor's discretion.

A final playing exam, consisting of at least 3 prepared and memorized pieces learned throughout the semester, as well as representative scales from the semester of study, will be performed for the entire music faculty as a "music jury".  This performance will receive a composite letter grade.

The final grade for the course will be determined by averaging all weekly grades, which will be worth 75% of the total grade, and the jury grade, worth 25% of the final grade.


Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. One unexcused absence will be allowed, without affecting final grade. The second unexcused absence will be recorded as an "F" in the gradebook. Three unexcused absences will result in an "F" for the final grade.


The student should contact the instructor prior to the first week of the semester to determine the time for the weekly lesson. 

Lessons will begin either during the first week of school, or during the second week of school if not scheduled prior to lesson time during the first week.

First lesson:     Meet with instructor; determine individual goals for semester, choose textbook/music, and receive first practice assignment.

2nd lesson:       Prepare the given assignment, and bring all required materials to lesson.

3rd and subsequent lessons:   Each upcoming week’s assignment will be determined by the progress demonstrated during the previous week’s lesson.

13th week of school:  All music for the jury examination must be memorized.

Monday of final exams week:  Individual music jury will be performed for the entire music faculty, in the Concert Hall.  Sign-up for time slots of 10 minutes per student will begin during the 14th week of school, in the Music Department Office.

Additional Information

Practice pianos are available:

Piano lab, Room 203:12 electronic pianos with headphones, available when room is not being used for classes.

Practice Rooms:  located in Concert Hall south hallway; any rooms that are unlocked and contain a piano are available for individual practice.

Information on Protecting your Hearing Health can be found at: https://nasm.arts-accredit.org/publications/brochures-advisories/nasm-pama-hearing-health/

Syllabus Created on:

08/14/21 4:28 PM

Last Edited on:

08/14/21 4:28 PM