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Piano Ensemble
PIANO ENSEMBLE
CLASS CODE: MUSIC 362 CREDITS:  1 - 3
DIVISION: PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT: MUSIC
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Piano Ensemble is a course designed primarily for piano music majors for the improvement of piano skills in the areas of vocal and instrumental collaboration, sight reading, and piano duet/duo ensemble. The emphasis on the course is on accompanying with use of piano duet/duo literature to augment skills of accompanying, critical listening and ensemble. The course is designed primarily for majors. However, any student meeting the course prerequisite is welcome. Grades are prorated accordingly.
DESCRIPTION: Piano Ensemble is a course designed primarily for piano music majors for the improvement of piano skills in the areas of vocal and instrumental collaboration, sight reading, and piano duet/duo ensemble. The emphasis on the course is on accompanying with use of piano duet/duo literature to augment skills of accompanying, critical listening and ensemble. The course is designed primarily for majors. However, any student meeting the course prerequisite is welcome. Grades are prorated accordingly.
TOPICS: The course is divided into three units: 1) duet/duo ensemble, 2) vocal accompanying, and 3) instrumental accompanying. Each of these three areas includes lecture and assignments related to particular aspects of ensemble playing.
OBJECTIVES: I am mostly interested in the development of your own personal musicianship. Through the master classes, I will increase your awareness of ear training and control of your own sound through tactile sensitivity and pedaling finesse. I will also help you recognize important collaborative skills that are necessary in making music with others.
REQUIREMENTS: 1) Attend all class periods, 2) practice regularly with your soloists, 3) and be prepared for master classes and performances.
PREREQUISITES: Students enrolled in the course should have performance competency levels that will enable them to adequately support an ensemble combination. Generally, one should be able to sight read and play four-art chorales (hymn texture) accurately as well as be technically proficient in basic scalar and arpeggio patterns.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001