This course is open to piano students at all levels. Practice is done with headphones at digital pianos and assessment is based on individual progress and achievement. This allows students of varying ability level to work in the same room at the same time.
The course provides beginning students with the opportunity to learn basic piano skills through guided individual practice. More advanced students may use the time allotted in class to practice music being studied with private teachers and music being prepared for the department’s large performing ensembles like the jazz band, orchestra, or choir.
The focus of the course is on individual musical progress that includes in-class and public recitals on one of the department’s baby grand pianos. In addition, music reading, and overview of music history, and an introduction to music theory are also part of the experience.
The goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to advance their piano performance proficiency while building individual musical and artistic competency.
Assessment is based on four areas.
- Attendance and Participation in Class
- Students are expected to come to class with all required materials and practice during the class period
- Progress Checks
- Students are expected to demonstrate progress from week to week during a one-on-one mini-lesson with the instructor
- Music Proficiency Evaluations
- Students are expected to show an understanding of the technical, historical, and theoretical musical material covered in class.
- Students are required to perform a short monthly recital for the class demonstration their progress. More advanced students are provided the opportunity to present public recitals or be showcased during one of the department’s concerts.
- Textbook: Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course (level 1)
- Supplementary Materials ((provided or suggested by Mr. Muñoz)
- Headphones with a ¼ inch plug or adapter
- level appropriate etude, play-along, and duet books (details in class)
- Experienced students: options are discussed at the onset of the course