Webster Groves, MO · Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts · Music
- FA 2022
- Section 83
- 2 Credits
- 08/22/2022 to 12/16/2022
- Modified 08/29/2022
Thompson House Room 107
You'll receive a notification text 24 hours prior to your lesson
Private study in music performance; students will receive one 50-minute lesson per week.
Lessons begin the second week of school and consist of weekly private lessons, a scale midterm, a recital, and a jury. The instruction is individualized, with goals geared toward your specific major and interests.
We will cover as many skill areas as time allows, including how to practice. Repertoire will be assigned to help you advance your skills and will be primarily from the classics. The intention is to challenge without overwhelming.
The MIDTERM is a scale midterm, with your particular regimen decided at least 2 weeks prior.
The FINAL JURY takes place in front of the piano faculty during finals week. The jury consists of two polished pieces-at least one from memory.
The week before the Jury, you are expected to try out your jury pieces at a MOCK JURY in front of your peers. This is an opportunity to work out the kinks in your performance and *is required*.
You are expected to be prepared for every lesson. Weekly preparedness contributes greatly to your final grade. Begin good practice habits from the very first lesson and continue them through the semester.
*Get to the piano every day. Frequency and quality of practice are more significant than duration of practice sessions.*
By the end of the semester, an applied piano student who has met or exceeded course requirements will demonstrate:
1. An increased repertoire of at least 3 pieces with correct rhythm, fingering, dynamics and phrasing
2. An increased knowledge of technical studies including scales, arpeggios and études
You must attend every lesson with music, a notebook, and a pencil. Failure to do so will affect your grade.
Obtaining the needed music by the 2nd lesson is your responsibility
At the end of each semester, the student will have prepared a musically convincing performance of two contrasting pieces for the final jury (one piece memorized)
Grades will be based on preparation, progress in lessons, thoughtful dedication, and discipline exhibited.
Weekly Lesson Preparedness: 75%
attendance (see below)
5 days of practicing your EXACT assignments
Failure to appear at the jury results in a failing grade.
Skipping or cancelling once your lesson has started is an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE and will lower your grade by half a letter.
Notifying me prior to the lesson will be considered EXCUSED only at my discretion, and only with accompanying videos of assignments, texted by the following day. Failure to do so, even with a good excuse, makes the missed lesson unexcused and will lower your grade by half a letter.
If you are running late you must text, even if it's only a few minutes. This is just good manners.
Lessons begin the week of August 29
Midterm jury the week of October 10
No lessons the week of November 21 (we do mocks instead)
Last regular weekly lesson the week of December 5
Juries are the week of December 12
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Undergraduate Studies Catalog
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There are important policies that govern grades of Incomplete (I), including the circumstances under which Incomplete grades are granted, deadlines for completion, and consequences should the remaining course work not be completed. It is the responsibility of a student who requests an Incomplete to ensure that they understand and follow the policies.
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Webster University is committed to academic excellence. As part of our Statement of Ethics, we strive to preserve academic honor and integrity by repudiating all forms of academic and intellectual dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism and all other forms of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and is subject to a disciplinary response. Students are encouraged to talk to instructors about any questions they may have regarding how to properly credit others’ work, including paraphrasing, quoting, and citation formatting. The university reserves the right to utilize electronic databases, such as Turnitin.com, to assist faculty and students with their academic work.
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- Reeg Academic Resource Center (https://websteru.sharepoint.com/sites/ReegARC)
- Counseling and Life Development (https://www.webster.edu/student-counseling.php): 314-968–7030 or [email protected] (these contact methods are non-confidential, but appointments are confidential)
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