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Keyboard Skills for Piano Majors (130-1-1)


Karen Chih-Pah Kan-Walsh
Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, Evanston, IL 60208
Office Hours: By appointment

Meeting Info

RCMA 4-136 Keyboard Lab: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Overview of class

The fall-quarter Keyboard Skills course for piano majors expands reading skills with a focus on two genres, string quartet and four-part vocal score. String quartet score reading prepares students for scores larger than the traditional two-staves piano score. The vocal or SATB score develops flexibility and provides skills for working with choirs. Harmonizing melodies or composing mini-pieces will synthesize the proper realization of chord symbols with creative application of patterns. A project involving a guided approach to sight-reading along with recognition of the integral role of changing rhythmic values in a piece will span several weeks in the form of a sight-reading journal.

Class Materials (Required)

No Required Texts