Syllabus and Piano
Studio Policies - Fall 2017
2226, 3226, 4226
to the Music Department! Dr. Holzer's piano teaching studio/office is Fine Arts 101-D. Enter Fine Arts from the side entrance that faces Ottenheimer Library. Piano study with Dr. Holzer will be comprised
of the following:
Lessons: 14 weekly lessons per semester, 55 minutes in duration.
Study of piano technique, and repertoire drawn from
the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st-century styles
Class: a group session for BA piano principals, BM piano majors, optional for music minors and upper-level elective students, to
be announced at various times throughout
the semester as you have repertoire ready to perform.
GarageBand rhythm tracks, and instruction on how to use the iPad app ForScore are also included. I provide some lesson material on Blackboard; please be sure to log on to check.
Please download a blank
schedule form. Fill in the times when you are not available for
a lesson, and return to me as an email attachment, or print off in
hard copy and place in my box. I will assign lesson times when I
have received completed schedule forms from all of my students, and will notify students of their lesson time prior to the first day of classes.
1. The student will be able to perform keyboard music of the Baroque, Classical,
Romantic and contemporary periods at or above the level of difficulty
outlined in Guidelines
for Piano Principals. Admission to the BA Music Major as a piano principal, or the BM degree as a piano major, private lessons in MUPR 2226 and higher, is by audition only. The audition requirement is specified in Guidelines
for Piano Principals. Non-majors who enroll in MUPR lessons at the 2226 level or higher must be capable of playing technique and repertoire comparable to that of music majors in piano.
2. The student will demonstrate mastery of technique and repertoire
through performances in weekly lessons, and in studio class at
per semester. Music majors are expected to perform in Student Recital
Hour at least once per year. (Scholarship piano students are expected
in Student Recital
on jury requirements is outlined in Guidelines
for Piano Principals
criteria will be considered in determining semester grades:
1. quality of
weekly lesson preparation - accuracy (in pitches, rhythms, fingering,
etc.), and musicianship (phrasing, dynamics, pedalling, ornaments,
2. amount of
new repertoire learned during the semester. Repertoire is chosen
in consultation with the teacher.
of assigned written worksheets, which for music majors in piano includes Portfolio
in studio class - quality and quantity
6. jury performance.
See the Guidelines
for Piano Principals for details.
for compiling your portfolio are detailed at this link.
The portfolio summarizes your accomplishments in piano at UALR,
and is turned in at the time you perform a jury.
juries are scheduled on the last Friday of classes at the end of the
Fall and Spring semesters. BA piano principals and BM piano majors must perform a jury for
members of the piano faculty after two semesters of study to complete
an applied level or progress to
next level. Repertoire standards are outlined in Guidelines
for Piano Principals.
A= superior work
B= above average
C= average work
F= failing work
All piano students at MUPR 2226 and above
are expected to practice at least one full hour daily, at least 5 days per week.
BM music majors should expect to put in 2 hours of practice each day,
including both week days and weekends. Be aware
that the amount of practicing you do directly affects the quality of
your work and the amount of repertoire you are able to learn in
which in turn determines your semester grade.
Music majors in piano are expected to attend piano area events such as
recitals and master classes featuring UALR piano faculty and guest
artists. Admission is free, and you may bring guests, provided they
are over age 6.
Purchase copies of your assigned music.
(app, wind-up or quartz model), lesson assignment folder, any assigned
the UALR Music Dept. practice
facilities or in your home. See "PRACTICE" below.
A music dictionary, such as The Oxford Concise
Dictionary of Music, 4th edition by Michael Kennedy (Oxford University
Press; ISBN 019280037X; Available on Amazon.com www.amazon.com),
or an equivalent music dictionary. (The Harvard Concise Dictionary
of Music & Musicians, Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-00084-6
for example.) You need to look up terms composers write in the score if you don't know the definition.
required. You are expected to observe your scheduled lesson time,
and to provide
advance notice via email or phone and sufficient cause in the
event that you need to cancel or re-schedule a lesson. Unexcused absences
will lower your grade because you are not demonstrating quality of
weekly lesson preparation or meeting other grade criteria if you
fail to attend your lesson.
Optional: if you wish,
you may record your lesson.
are 8 piano practice modules located on the 2nd floor of the Fine
Students may use the single-piano modules. Practice modules are generally
available on a "first come-first served" basis during regular
building hours, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily. If you practice
at the Fine Arts Building after 6 p.m., be prepared to show your student
ID to Campus Security to verify that you are a student here. (Please
cooperate with Campus Security on this. At a city university extra safety
measures are needed to protect the common good.)
Radio Station KLRE FM 90.5
Barnes & Noble 11500 Financial Center Pkwy. Phone: 954-7646
Saied Music Company
2921 Lakewood Village Dr. Phone: 758-0200
CKC Music 11220 N. Rodney Parham Rd., #2 Phone: 257-0580
To place a
credit card phone order, you may also contact:
Sheet Music Plus Order
online any time, or call toll-free at 1-800-743-3868 (USA and Canada
only) Monday-Friday from 12 noon to 9 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Music Order online. or call toll-free at 1-877-877-5743
Hutchins and Rea Order online. Atlanta, GA.
Music Store / Charlotte, NC Phone: 1-800-438-4129
Download free scores in the public domain from IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)
You may check scores out of Ottenheimer
Library for preliminary study, but you are expected to buy
your own scores for your assigned music for the semester.
College and University regulations regarding academic dishonesty,
as set forth in the UALR student handbook and other university
documents and publications, will be strictly enforced in this
class. Any student caught in the act of cheating will be assigned
a grade of zero points (F) for the assignment in question. If
written work does not appear to be your own, you will be questioned
about it and appropriate action will be taken.
with Disabilities: Your success in this class is important to me, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have a documented disability (or need to have a disability documented), and need an accommodation, please contact me privately as soon as possible, so that we can discuss with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) how to meet your specific needs and the requirements of the course. The DRC offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process among you, your instructor(s) and the DRC. Thus, if you have a disability, please contact me and/or the DRC, at 501-569-3143 (V/TTY) or 501-683-7629 (VP). For more information,
visit the DRC website at http://ualr.edu/disability/
Statement: It is the policy and practice of UALR to make
all web information accessible to students with disabilities. If
you, as a student with a disability, have difficulty accessing
any part of any online course materials for this class, please
notify the instructor immediately.
Policy: The UALR website, UALR email, the University’s
main telephone number (501-569-3000), and the campus emergency
alert system are the official means of communicating all information
concerning weather-related closing. Local television and radio
stations will also be notified. Weather and road conditions vary
from place to place. Employees and students are expected to exercise
good judgment regarding the safety of travel when road conditions
are affected by the weather.
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