Piano Pedagogy

Subject 740-529 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

On campus delivery only. Please note this subject is not offered externally or via distance education.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm on each day of classes.
Total Time Commitment: 48 hours in total (including non-contact time).
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


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Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the teaching of piano from a number of perspectives. Areas of study and discussion will include the shared interests and experience of teachers within the group and will also draw upon literature relating to a variety of pedagogical traditions, schools and techniques for comparative analysis and discussion. Important works of the piano repertoire will be used as a focus for intensive study. Students will have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and areas of specialisation in particular areas within piano pedagogy.

This subject can be taken as a single subject via the Community Access Program, or for credit towards the Master of Music Studies degree. Application forms are available via the Faculty of Music website: http://www.music.unimelb.edu.au/future/forms/index.html

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should have gained:
  • An overview of pedagogical approaches and techniques in the teaching of piano and an ability to evaluate their respective merits;
  • An ability to design a sequenced teaching programme that addresses important areas of piano technique and interpretation;
  • An enhanced repertoire of teaching approaches that can be used across a broad spectrum of levels and abilities;
  • An enhanced capacity to undertake critical and independent research and to present findings and ideas in a scholarly fashion.
Assessment: Attendance, reflective diary and contribution to seminar discussion and workshops (10%); Class presentation/demonstration on Day 4 (30%); A folio of work that addresses the principles of piano pedagogy in specific areas chosen by the student (60%), due 5 weeks after final class date.
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be made available prior to the first class.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students will have enhanced the following generic skills:
  • The capacity to subject concepts, beliefs and habits of thought and action to critical scrutiny and evaluation;
  • The ability to produce and evaluate scholarly writing.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Studies by Coursework

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