Viola Elective Syllabus for 2023-2024
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Music Building 308

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Monday & Wednesday 8:30-9:30 AM; summer hours by appointment

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MUAP-1105-001 Viola Elective


Course Description

One 30-minute lesson per week, minimum three hours of outside practice per week required. Emphasis on basic technique and musicianship, with appropriate literature tailored to the needs/desires of the individual student.

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(1 sem hr; 1/2 hr lesson, 3 hrs practice)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Music appropriate to the level of the particular student will be assigned at the first lesson or as needed throughout the semester.


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

Music Folder


Music as assigned by instructor – sheet music must be obtained for any study piece.


Student Performance

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will demonstrate improvement in technical playingl skills, sight reading skills, memory skills and musicality. The student will be able to perform assigned literature demonstrating correct posture, rhythm, note accuracy, and intonation, as evaluated by the applied instructor. 

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 .

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

 Students are expected to practice at least 30 minutes per day, for a total of 3 to 5 hours weekly, attend class and bring materials weekly.

Grading Criteria

Students will be given a letter grade each week based on their performance and improvement from the previous week.   The letter grades will be averaged to determine the final grade. 


Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. In case of absence, the student must contact the instructor prior to the scheduled lesson time to set up a makeup lesson time, at the instructor's discretion. 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.  This can be done by filling out and leaving a schedule sheet for Mrs. Nies at MB308 or e-mailing Mrs. Nies through the link at top of this syllabus.

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

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

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

Final lesson, given during last week of the semester:  Several pieces learned throughout the semester, plus appropriate technical exercises such as studied etudes will be performed for the instructor. 

Additional Information

Practice rooms are available, located in Concert Hall south hallway; any rooms that are unlocked and contain a piano are available for individual practice when not in use by college faculty. 

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Syllabus Created on:

05/25/23 12:28 PM

Last Edited on:

05/25/23 12:28 PM