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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 2596

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Private Piano II

Semester Approved: Summer 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2025
End Semester: Spring 2025

Catalog Description: This course provides students with individual piano instruction. Private instruction is required of music majors each semester during college. Music majors receive one-hour lessons each week of the semester. The course is repeatable for credit. This course develops and improves a student's technical, interpretive, sight reading, pedagogical, and improvisational skills as well as developing a student's understanding of the history and repertory of the specific instrument/voice. A jury is required at the end of the semester. Students must successfully pass the jury at the end of their second semester of 1000 level private instruction in order to register for 2000 level private instruction. An additional fee is required.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 1; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes.

Prerequisites: MUSC 1596 or permission of instructor

Justification: As an accredited member of the NAtional Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Snow College is required to provide competent private instruction for music majors in all vocal and instrumental specialties. Private instruction is required of music majors in four-year degree programs and must appear on student transcripts. This course offer an excellent opportunity for all Snow College students to develop musicianship and performance skills. Courses of this type are taught at all NASM accredited institutions in Utah.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Second year private lesson students will: 

Continue to develop good practice habits, and keep track of practice hour using a practice journal or log sheet. This outcome will be assessed via the student's practice log or journal.

Learn repertoire appropriate to intermediate to advanced grade level. This outcome will be assessed through weekly performance at lessons, recital performances, and the jury.

Learn intermediate and advanced technique skills necessary to perform more challenging repertoire. This outcome will be assessed through weekly performance at lessons, recital performances, and the jury.

Memorize music for public performance (where appropriate). This outcome will be assessed through weekly performance at lessons, recital performances, and the jury.

Continue to demonstrate proper artistic style and technical facility. This outcome will be assessed through weekly performance at lessons, recital performances, and the jury.

• Practice journal development
• Continuing work on body posture including embouchure, hand and feet positions, and breathing techniques
• Advanced technique study, including use of vibrato and performance in extreme ranges
• Greater focus on instruction in performance practice appropriate to stylistic periods
• Continuing development of tone strength and quality within all ranges of the instrument
• Development of dynamic ranges appropriate to all types of literature
• In depth study of languages necessary to perform music appropriately
• Study of major and minor scales and arpeggios
• Study of method books and etudes appropriate to student playing level
• Study of solo repertoire appropriate for second-year college students and/or the individual level of the student
• Development of performance technique, including memorization techniques, stage deportment and anxiety management
• Study and practice will be assessed through instructor feedback and public performance.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students in private music instruction courses are assessed in the following ways (percentages are approximate):

Attendance at lessons  20 to 30%

Documented practice hours  20 to 30%

Recitals 20 to 30%

Jury 20 to 30%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Repertoire will vary depending on student ability and interest. Typical materials might include concertos of Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt.

Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via direct instruction, evaluation of student performance, demonstration, and modeling.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 1
Optimum Class Size: 1