Pedagogy & Literature
of Arkansas at Little Rock
2015 - Dr. Linda Holzer
Kurzweil Digital Piano
MUED 3302, Piano
Pedagogy & Literature, is a one-semester upper-level music course that
uses exciting resources to acquaint music majors with current methods
and materials in piano teaching and their practical applications.
Not just teaching about teaching, this course includes insights on business practices for music teachers, and an introduction to the latest music teaching technology, apps for iPad to enhance piano lessons.
Pre-requisites: permission of instructor, or completion of MUPR
2226 piano lessons, MUTH
2381 (Music Theory 1), MUTH 2192 (Aural Skills 1) and
MUHL 2305 (Intro. to Music). This
whether attending class on-campus or taking the course via distance-learning,
all students enrolled in Piano Pedagogy & Literature
use Blackboard Learn, new course management software (free through UALR) to access course materials online such as handouts, participate in online Discussions, and turn in all written assignments. Additionally, all students take the mid-term and
final exam for this course online via Blackboard. All lectures for Piano
Pedagogy & Literature are audio archived on Blackboard. The
course meets twice per week, and all students, whether on-campus or distance-learning,
should get in the habit of logging on to Blackboard
a minimum of twice per week to keep up with the Lecture & Readings schedule,
and course assignments.
- Students may
attend class sessions on-campus, face-to-face
in the music technology classroom SUA-106E, OR
- Students may
take the course
online via home computer, as a distance-learning course. It is considered
a blended course.
How to Navigate the Course
Syllabus - final version will be posted by January 5, 2015.
Course Shell - This takes registered students to the course Blackboard site, which
becomes available at midnight on the first day of class. Prior to the start
of classes, if you are new to Blackboard, you should go to the UALR Blackboard
Student Support web site, http://ualr.edu/blackboard/faq/ and
take time to read "Getting Started" and "Tutorials" as
well as Blackboard FAQ.
Degree Programs, MTNA Certification: Why Study Piano Pedagogy?
- This course is designed
to prepare you to respond successfully when you are asked “Can you
teach (me or my child) to play the piano?”
- Students who
meet the pre-requisites may take the course as part of a UALR music major
or music minor degree program, OR
seeking students, such as members of the Arkansas State Music Teachers
Association, may take the course for personal enrichment and professional
development, and have the option to elect to audit the course rather than
taking it for a grade. To audit, follow the directions at this link when
you register on UALR's BOSS computerized registration site.
- The course
is designed to assist interested piano teachers in preparing for
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Certification, including MTNA
documents. The course will include discussion of the mission of MTNA "to
advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support
of music teachers."