Piano Syllabus

Freshman Year

Technique:
Scales: all major and harmonic minors--4 octaves
Arpeggios: all major and minor--4 octaves. Octave work to develop flexibility in the wrist, and endurance strength.
Hanon: exercises #1-30 to develop facility and speed.
Kohler: Op. 242

Repertoire:
Baroque: Bach 2-part Inventions
Classical: Haydn, Scarlatti, or Mozart Sonata
Romantic: 2 pieces selected from the following: Schumann work; Chopin Preludes, Waltzes, Mazurkas; Brahms Intermezzi
20th Century: Representative smaller works or movements by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Kabalevsky


Goals:
The establishment of dedicated practice sessions to lay the foundation of a solid technique and the careful shaping of melodic phrases including the delineation of a melody when combined with accompaniment in one hand.

Sightreading:
Handel - Selected pieces for 2 pianos. Easy instrumental and vocal movements accompaniments; selected movements from the classical period for 4 hands

Goal:
Basic command of sight reading skills


Sophomore Year

Technique:
Continuation of work in scales, arpeggios and octaves with increasing speed and control. Studies in double thirds & sixths to develop precision and strength. Studies in repeated notes for coordination and rapid passage work. Hanon #1-30 in various keys to increase command of patterning in any key.

Repertoire:
Czerny: Op. 636 – work in common classical figures to increase technical as
well as reading abilities
Baroque: Bach – 3 part Inventions
Classical: Mozart Sonata or Beethoven Sonata
Romantic: 2 works to be chosen from the following: Schubert Impromptus, Chopin Nocturnes a& Polonaises, Brahms Intermezzi, Rachmaninoff Preludes.
20th Century: Works or movements from works by Devussy, Ravel, Scriagin,
Prokofieff.

Goals:
A continuing and deepening commitment to the demands of this particular art form. An increase in the level of concentration in practice sessions which include interest in and attention to the perfection of details. Clear assertive rhythmic articulation in either hand and sensitivity to style differentiation.

Sightreading:
Symphonic reductions for 4 hands
Brahms Piano Works for 4 hands
More advanced instrumental and vocal accompanying


Junior Year

Technique:
A demonstrated understanding of technical work and daily practice. More advanced technical exercises isolation of held notes while performing exercises command of individual finger dexterity.
Pischna: 60 Technical Studies
Czerny: Op. 299
Repertoire:
Baroque: Bach Well Tempered Clavier 2 Preludes and Fugues
Classical: Beethoven Sonata
Romantic: Chopin Scherzo, Ballade, Impromptu; Brahms Rhapsody or Ballade
20th Century: More advanced representative work

Goals:
Demonstration of responsible creative practice. Development of a singing tone and color shadings. Emphasis on the long term development of repertoire for a full recital program.

Sightreading:
More instrumental and vocal accompanying: working on the ability to follow, not only in tempo, but in character. Piano reduction of orchestral parts to concerti.

Senior Year

Technique:
All previous technical work is to be creatively distributed over the week's daily practice routine. This should be notated in a daily log to be reviewed by the private instructor.

Brahms: 51 Exercises - full breadth musical development of technique.
Clementi: Gradus ad Pernassum
Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words

Repertoire:
Bach - an entire French or English suite, or other large work such as a Partita.
Sonata from the Classical or Romantic Period.
Chopin etudes.
Large work from the Romantic period or from the 20th century.

Other works which reflect the individual student's interest in a particular style or composer.

Goals:
Musical artistry; fine nuances of interpretation; performance as a major area of concentration, with emphasis on the presentation of an overall structural conception and character for each piece.

Sightreading:
Continuation of earlier repertoire with the addition of large choral works such as Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, or similar works.

Goal:
Development of a large full bodied "orchestral" sound for the accompaniment of large choral groups.


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