For music majors.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS A COURSE PRIMARILY FOR PIANO MAJORS AND MINORS WITHIN THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC. IT IS NOT A MUSIC APPRECIATION COURSE. ANYONE WISHING TO TAKE THIS COURSE WHO IS NOT A PIANO MAJOR OR MINOR WITHIN THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC MUST FIRST CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR FOR PERMISSION TO ENTER THE CLASS.
This quarter, we will quickly discuss the piano sonatas of Haydn and Mozart, then spend a few weeks on the Beethoven sonatas. By week 6 or 7, we will go back to Debussy and learn about his Estampes, both books of Images, and the 12 Etudes, considered to be amongst the most seminal of piano works of the twentieth century.
Student learning goals
How to listen better.
What to listen for.
How and why composers construct music the way they do.
What does their music tell you about the composers as human beings?
How can this all help in your growth as musicians?
General method of instruction
As in Music 326, European history and geography will be stressed. How the composers lived their lives, and the parameters for such, are vital to our understanding. Some lectures, particularly those to do with Beethoven, will focus on structure and analysis of a few key works from that composer's output. Your instructor will play through excerpts of a composer's entire keyboard output, in order to show you the breadth of such.
Music 326 is a pre-requisite. Music 326, 327 and 328 are sequential. Otherwise, as stated before, your success in the course is predicated as much on your willingness to share in class your feelings and observations about the pieces we're studying as it is on the listening assignments and quizzes.
Class assignments and grading
Similar to Music 326, students will have weekly listening assignments, usually from YouTube clips. The length of these assignments will vary. You should write a few sentences describing what you've listened to - including a bit about the structure of the piece - and the feelings this work engenders in you. Also include your criticisms, positive and negative, of the actual performance. This hones your critical abilities towards your own work!
In addition, we will have a book report, as in Music 326, which we will discuss in class the first day.
30% of the grade is class participation (see my remarks on such under Music 326) and your weekly written-out listening assignments.
20% will be the book report.
50% of your grade will come from the mid-term and final quiz. There will be no final exam this quarter, but rather a final quiz on the last day of class (March 14th). It has yet to be determined how much of the final quiz will be listening, and how much will be written.