e-mail lrholzer@ualr.edu

Syllabus and Piano Studio Policies - Fall 2018

MUPR 1126, 1226, 2126 - Elective Study

Welcome 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:

Private Lessons: 14 weekly lessons per semester. Study of piano technique, and repertoire drawn from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th and 21st-century stylistic periods, and popular contemporary musical styles.

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 varied musical style periods, as assigned. The prerequisite for enrollment in private piano lessons MUPR is the ability to play at or above the level of difficulty of having earned a "B" or better in beginner Class Piano 2, MUAP 1164. Familiarity with scales and key signatures, counting rhythms, and reading both treble and bass clef is necessary.

2. The student will demonstrate mastery of assigned technique and repertoire through performances in weekly lessons.

How Are Repertoire Assignments Determined?

Grading Criteria:

The following 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, etc.)

2. amount of new repertoire learned during the semester - the amount of new music you are expected to learn depends on the length of the pieces assigned, and their level of difficulty. In general, the student has a choice about selections assigned, and should expect to learn multiple works from multiple styles: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th and 21st-centuries, and contemporary musical styles.

3. regular lesson attendance

4. completion of assigned written work, when applicable

5. performance on semester exam - by the end of the semester, the student should have prepared several pieces to a high level of accuracy and be able to perform them successfully at the last lesson.


A= superior work - meaning wrong notes, incorrect rhythms, fingering, etc. are extremely rare in the student's performance at lessons.

B = above average work

C = average work

D = passing work, below average

F = failing work

Practice Requirements:

Daily practice is recommended. All elective piano students are expected to practice at least 45 minutes each practice session at least 4 days per week. No excuses (see "REQUIRED MATERIALS" above). 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 a semester, which in turn determines your semester grade.

Required Materials:

Purchase copies of your assigned music. (Information below on where to purchase.)

Metronome (app, wind-up or quartz model), lesson assignment folder (your weekly assignments are given either on the app Evernote, or printed hard copy).

PIANO-a tuned piano either in the UALR Music Dept. practice facilities or in your home. This may be an upright acoustic piano, a digital piano (preferably with 88 keys and weighted action), or a grand piano. See "Practice Requirements" above.

Lesson Attendance Policy:

Attendance is 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.


There are 8 piano practice modules located on the 2nd floor of the Fine Arts Building. 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.)

Recommended Materials:

Either an online music dictionary, or 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.) It's a good idea to look up unfamiliar terms the composer writes in the score. That helps you interpret the music expressively.

Points of Interest...

Classical Radio Station KLRE FM 90.5

Music Stores:

Local: 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.

Prima Music Order online. or call toll-free at 1-877-877-5743

Hutchins and Rea Order online. Atlanta, GA

Brodt’s Music Store Order online. Charlotte, NC Phone: 1-800-438-4129

Download free scores in the public domain from IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)

Note: 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.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty Statement: 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.

Students 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/

Web accessibility 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.

Weather 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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