Introduction to Piano Technique (MUSC 161)
Advanced pianists learn to play with relaxed muscular control; additionally, how to prepare repertoire independently of the private teacher.
|Credit Hours||2.0 Lecture|
|Prerequisite||Admission into the piano program by audition|
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
- Sit at the piano: be able to do so without tension and with appropriate posture.
- Finger exercises: demonstrate short etudes which serve as preparation for advanced techniques.
- Scales and arpeggios: perform scale and arpeggios in a variety of keys; understand the positioning of the thumb changes according to particular keys.
- Chords: perform single, double, and triple motions with one drop of the arm.
- Practice techniques: integrate foundational techniques with efficient practice and memorization techniques.
- Tonal quality: Perform with advanced muscular coordination to produce "be-like" sounds.
- Demonstrate how to parse a score and practice efficiently.
- Prepare advanced repertoire matched with technical understanding.
- Discern and describe subtle differences between tones.
- Diagnose and address technical issues in performance.