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Piano Pedagogy (MUPD) Classes

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MUPD 4125, 4126: Piano Pedagogy Practicum
Supervised teaching experience; specific goals and projects are agreed upon for the term. Required for all piano majors.

MUPD 4396: Piano Pedagogy I
In-depth study of methods and curriculum for teaching piano at the elementary level. Focus on philosophical and physiological bases of piano study. Survey and evaluation of current educational materials. Offered fall term of even-numbered years. 

MUPD 4397: Piano Pedagogy II
In-depth study of methods, materials, and curriculum for teaching piano at the intermediate and advanced levels. Additional topics: current trends (including technology), professionalism, history of piano pedagogy, employment opportunities. Offered fall term of odd-numbered years. 

MUPD 5103: Creative Piano Teaching
Pedagogical projects designed to meet the needs of the piano teacher. Offered in conjunction with the National Piano Teachers Institute each July. Majors are limited to one credit. 

MUPD 5196: Directed Study in Piano Pedagogy

MUPD 5210: Current Trends in Piano Pedagogy
The psychological principles operative in group and class environments are explored through student participation and observation, with emphasis on teacher effectiveness. Survey of college-level keyboard texts. Offered spring term of even-numbered years. 

MUPD 5312: Survey of Precollege Piano Literature
Survey and performance of standard piano literature in all style periods for precollege students. Emphasis on technical preparation and curriculum-building. Offered spring term of odd-numbered years. 

MUPD 5325, 5326: Piano Pedagogy Internship I and II
Supervised teaching experience; specific goals and projects are agreed upon for the term. Required of all undergraduate piano majors with an emphasis in piano pedagogy performance. 

MUPD 6021, 6022, 6121, 6122: Internship/Assistantship in Piano Pedagogy
Required for all graduate assistants in piano pedagogy. Supervised private and group instruction of Piano Preparatory Department and undergraduate students. Includes observation, preteaching conferences with faculty and participation in all phases of departmental activity. Fifteen hours per week as assigned by the department head.

MUPD 6125, 6126: Piano Pedagogy Practicum
Specific supervised teaching and/or research projects as designed for the term.

MUPD 6130, 6230: Composition of Pedagogical Music for Keyboard
Development of skills in composition of pedagogically effective keyboard literature. The student will become familiar with a wide gamut of supplementary teaching materials, which will be examined from a pianistic and musical perspective with reference to the various levels of instruction. Directed composition assignments, survey projects, class performance, analysis and discussion. One or two credit hours based on projects undertaken. Spring term of odd-numbered years.

MUPD 6196, 6296: Directed Studies in Piano Pedagogy
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUPD 6396: Piano Pedagogy I
An in-depth study of methods and curriculum for teaching piano at the elementary level. Focus on philosophical, psychological and physiological bases of piano study. Survey and evaluation of current educational materials. Fall term of even-numbered years.

MUPD 6397: Piano Pedagogy II
In-depth study of methods, materials and curriculum for teaching piano at the intermediate and advanced levels. Additional topics: current trends (including technology), professionalism, history of piano pedagogy and employment opportunities. Fall term of odd-numbered years.

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