Syllabus and Piano Studio Policies - Fall 2018

MUPR 2226, 3226, 4226

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, 55 minutes in duration. Study of piano technique, and repertoire drawn from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st-century styles and historical periods.

Studio 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 least once per semester. Music majors are expected to perform in Student Recital Hour at least once per year. (Scholarship piano students are expected to perform once per semester in Student Recital Hour.)

Detailed information on jury requirements is outlined in Guidelines for Piano Principals

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. Repertoire is chosen in consultation with the teacher.

3. lesson attendance

4. completion of assigned written worksheets, which for music majors in piano includes Portfolio

5. performance in studio class - quality and quantity

6. jury performance. See the Guidelines for Piano Principals for details.

Portfolio Assessment:

The requirements 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.


Piano 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 the next level. Repertoire standards are outlined in Guidelines for Piano Principals.


A= superior work

B= above average work

C= average work

D=passing work, below average

F= failing work

Practice Requirements:

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 a semester, which in turn determines your semester grade.

Piano Area Events:

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.

Required Materials:

Purchase copies of your assigned music.

Also, metronome (app, wind-up or quartz model), lesson assignment folder, any assigned scores.

PIANO-either in 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, 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.

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.

Optional: if you wish, you may record 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.)

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 / 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

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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