Art of Piano Teaching

Subject MUSI10016 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

60 hours


For BMus Year 1 piano students only



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Dr Mark Mcgee



Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 demonstrations, held from weeks 5 - 12 (50%); end-of-semester written assignment of 1000 words on the principles of piano pedagogy (50%).

100% attendance is expected. A minimum of 80% attendance is required to pass the subject.

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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Applied Skills Electives
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects

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