The purpose of this concentration is to develop competence for effective studio or class teaching of piano at any age level. The program enhances artistic performance; builds techniques of verbal and musical communication; develops a knowledge of appropriate piano literature; and fosters successful use of methods, techniques, and instructional materials. Performance audition required.
Applicants must play an audition as part of the admission process. All music must be performed from memory. Audition repertoire requirements include:
- One significant work, or prelude and fugue of J.S. Bach.
- One fast movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven.
- One significant work or group of works by a Romantic composer (Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mendelssohn) of at least five minutes duration.
- One significant work or group of works by an Impressionist and/or 20 th Century composer (Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Copland, Ginastera, Scriabin) of at least five minutes duration.
Applicants will be given an excerpt to sight-read. Applicants are also expected to demonstrate proficiency in major and all forms of minor scales (4 octaves, hands together, 4 notes to a beat at metronome speed of 100 per beat) and major and minor arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together, 4 notes to a beat at metronome speed of 72 per beat). Applicants should submit a list of their undergraduate repertory at the time of the audition. When a distance of 300 miles or more is involved, a student may submit an audiotape or videotape of his or her performance. In such cases, the applicant must begin by announcing his or her name, the date and nature of the audition.