MU250. Piano Pedagogy. 2 hours credit. Prerequisite:
Instructors approval. The art and science of teaching piano with helps
for setting up a private studio and conducting the business of teaching.
Includes a survey of elementary method books and teaching materials with
an emphasis on the analysis of the need of the individual and procedures
for selecting the proper material to meet this need.
How to Teach Piano Successfully. James Bastien. General
Words and Music Co., Neil A. Kjos, Jr., Publishers. Third Edition, 1988.
Piano Teaching Materials. Miller-Wallingford-Hume,
Wichita, KS. Kinkos Press, 5th Edition, 1986.
At the end of this course the student should be able
- give training and instruction in areas concerning
the independent piano teacher.
- acquaint the teacher with elementary materials
available and how to evaluate these materials for their student's individual
- offer guidelines for setting up a private studio.
- promote better ideals and standards for the independent
TOPICAL OUTLINE OF UNITS:
Unit I. Method Books
- examination and evaluation of method
books and materials.
Unit II. Studio Needs
- investigate finances
- introduce physical lay-out
- illustrate record keeping
- deduce structuring lessons
- suggestions on purchasing music
Unit III. The Student
- build on young beginners
- compare leisure aged
- analyze special education children needs
- suggestions on recitals
- explain theory
- contrast group lessons versus private
Unit IV. Teaching Psychology
- problems arising from age of student
- concentration and learning abilities
- dealing with parents
Students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills
are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor,
in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
- Two hours weekly
- Instructor's lectures
- Guest lectures (master teacher, piano technician,
and video tapes)
- Demonstrations (how to teach theory and ear training
- Analyzing and giving reports on examination of
- Analysis of individual student needs
- Student presentation of projects listed below
- Discussion concerning professional organizations
Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials
augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with
class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator
of learning experiences.
- Card catalogue on methods and materials, with
- Observations and reports on master teachers
- Brochure on teacher qualifications, teaching hours
- Formulate teacher policies
- Essay on "Why I want to Teach"
METHODS OF EVALUATION:
Based on projects, final exam, and class participation.