APPLIED SKILLS (choose one):
The following Applied Skills classes give the student a chance to apply his or her musical knowledge and understanding to the development of a specific skill that will enhance the student’s pleasure and performance at the piano. No previous experience in these areas is necessary.
A. Adventures in Composition
The Composition class will explore fascinating aspects of music creation. The course includes experimentation with diverse sound sources, working with modern as well as traditional methods of notation, and exploring principles of form, tension/resolution, character and mood.
B. Accompanying – The Pianist as Partner
Students in this class will explore the skills needed to be a fine accompanist. They will have the unique opportunity of preparing music with another instrumentalist and/or vocalist.
C. Organ and Harpsichord for Pianists - Keyboards Across the Ages
In this class, students will explore the similarities and differences among piano, organ, clavichord and harpsichord. Each student will have a hands-on opportunity to perform on the mighty four- manual Casavant organ in Memorial Chapel, and get experience on a harpsichord as well.
D. Percussion Ensemble - Drumming
This class is a joyful way for students to develop rhythmic skills. Students not only will see, hear and handle professional orchestral percussion equipment such as drums, gongs, marimbas and maracas, they will also learn to play them through an exciting percussion ensemble experience.
E. Sight Reading for Fun
The sight-reading class will help students improve their ability to play new music for fun the first time they see it. The focus is on quick recognition of notes, rhythms, and musical patterns.