Art of Piano Teaching

Subject MUSI10016 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours
Prerequisites: For BMus Year 1 piano students only
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
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 subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 9685 9419
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358
Subject Overview:

In this subject, students will learn to develop a sequenced and comprehensive approach to piano teaching that is informed by both a thorough understanding of pedagogical principles as well as a flexibility that can meet the needs of individual piano students. Students will be made aware of important areas of the piano literature and other teaching materials appropriate to different levels in the acquisition of pianistic skills and musical understanding.


On completion of this subject students should have gained:

  • an overview of pedagogical approaches and techniques in the teaching of piano
  • an ability to design a sequenced piano teaching programme
  • a repertoire of teaching approaches

Class teaching demonstration (40%); end-of-semester written assignment of 2000 words on the principles of piano pedagogy (50%); contribution to class discussion and workshops throughout the semester (10%)

Prescribed Texts: A reading list 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 should have gained:

  • an enhanced capacity to undertake critical and independent research and to present pedagogical findings and ideas in a scholarly fashion.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Music (Practical)

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