Iowa State University MUSIC

PIANO STUDY AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang mhhuang@iastate.edu Room 203 294-202
Janci Bronson jbronson@iastate.edu Room 51 294-3453

Lessons for Intermediate and Advanced Students:

(See Mei-Hsuan Huang to audition)

119B, 319B, 419B Applied Music: Majors
Individual instruction in piano for music majors. Audition required. Students should demonstrate knowledge of fundamental technique (scales and arpeggios in all keys), sightplay a short piece, and perform at least two pieces in contrasting styles from the standard repertory. Memorization is preferred. Hymn arrangements and popular songs are not acceptable. Students should expect to practice a minimum of two hours daily and attend concerts as recommended. Weekly seminar, held Tuesdays at 1:00 PM is required.

118B, 318B, 418B Applied Piano: Non-Majors
Individual instruction in piano for non-music majors. Considerable previous study required. Audition required. Students should demonstrate basic piano technique (scales, arpeggios), sightplay a short piece, and play at least two pieces in contrasting styles. Memorization is preferred although not required. Hymn arrangements and popular songs are not acceptable. Covers technique, repertory, and other skills as determined by the instructor based on the needs of the student. One-half hour lesson weekly for one credit, one hour lesson weekly for two credits. Students should expect to practice at least one hour daily and attend concerts as recommended.

Lessons for Beginning Students:

Unfortunately, there are no courses designed for the complete beginner in piano who has no prior experience reading music. Such students might consider private lesson from a piano teacher in the Ames area. Course credit would not be earned for such private study.

Class Piano for Music Majors:

(See Janci Bronson to audition)

127 CLASS STUDY IN PIANO I
Music 127 is designed primarily for music majors who do not play the piano, but who have performing experience on another instrument or voice. Practical understanding of the basic elements of musical notation is necessary. The course covers beginning technique, harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, accompanying, improvisation, and repertoire study. Students should expect to practice one-half hour daily or more and attend concerts as recommended. Group instruction, maximum 12 in class. 1 credit. Non-music majors are accepted into Music 127 as space permits. Non-music majors will need to demonstrate fluency in music reading in at least one staff. Non-music majors should contact Janci Bronson for a music reading evaluation and to reserve a seat. In general, there are more available seats in the Spring semester for Music 127.

128 CLASS STUDY IN PIANO II
Prerequisite Music 127 or audition and permission of instructor. Continuation and advancement of the skills learned in Music 127. Students with some previous keyboard experience and theoretical understanding may audition into the class, as space permits. Students are required to practice one-half hour daily or more, and attend concerts as recommended. Group instruction, maximum 12 in class. 1 credit.

227 CLASS STUDY IN PIANO III
Prerequisite Music 128 or audition and permission of instructor. Continuation and advancement of the skills learned in Music 128. Additional skills include choral score reading and transposing instruments. Students with some previous keyboard experience and theoretical understanding may audition in to the class, as space permits. Students are required to practice one-half hour daily or more, and attend concerts as recommended. Group instruction, maximum 12 in class. 1 credit.

228 CLASS STUDY IN PIANO IV
Prerequisite Music 227 or audition and permission of instructor. Continuation and advancement of the skills learned in Music 227. Successful completion of Music 228 is required for music majors (except keyboard majors) to demonstrate piano proficiency as part of the department's continuation examination. Students are required to practice one-half hour daily or more, and attend concerts as recommended. Group instruction, maximum 12 in class. 1 credit.

Additional Piano Offerings:

327A Functional Piano for Keyboard Majors
Prerequisite Music 228 or audition and permission of instructor. For piano majors and students majoring in music education (vocal/choral or general music emphasis) and vocal performance. Will cover such functional piano skills as advanced sight-reading, transposition, score reading, improvisation, harmonization, and various creative activities. Class instruction two times per week. Students should expect to practice 45 minutes daily. 2 credits. See Janci Bronson to enroll.

321B Advanced Ensemble: Piano
Study and performance in ensembles such as chamber groups and piano duets. See Mei-Hsuan Huang to arrange.

415B Literature and Pedagogy in Applied Music: Piano
Piano Literature and Piano Pedagogy are offered separately, and as needed for individuals and small groups. Piano Literature is designed for piano majors only. Will cover repertoire from c.1650 until the end of the 20th century with emphasis on musical style and performance practice. Piano Pedagogy is for piano majors and interested non-piano music majors. Class instruction two times per week. Will cover basic study of concepts necessary for successful private and class piano teaching at the elementrary and intermediate level. See a member of the piano faculty to arrange.