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Music

Group Piano Studies at UALR

Dr. Naoki Hakutani

Coordinator of Group Piano Studies

Group piano classes meet in the digital piano lab, Fine Arts rm. 120. The lab is equipped with Roland KR-3 digital keyboards, and a variety of excellent music technology resources. Students enrolled in piano study at UALR may practice in the practice rooms on the second floor of the Fine Arts building, which feature Baldwin upright pianos. [Be aware that a commitment of regular daily practice time, usually a minimum of 4 hours per week, is expected of anyone enrolled in class piano or private lessons. Practice requirements are specified in your instructor’s syllabus for class piano or private lessons.]

If you have any questions about Group Piano Studies at UALR, please contact Dr. Hakutani nxhakutani@ualr.edu or by phone at 683-7230.

Beginners

All students wishing to enroll in piano lessons who do not yet read music (familiarity with time signatures, scales, chords, and key signatures), and have not had at least one year of private piano lessons previously, should register for group study in the course PIANO CLASS I (MUAP 1114). This is a course for beginners, and has no pre-requisites.

MUAP 1114 - Piano Class I Fall & Spring
Multiple sections offered. See the UALR Directory of Classes for dates/times

Students may enroll for further group study in PIANO CLASS II (MUAP 1164). Piano Class I or the equivalent level of skill in reading music, piano technique and repertoire is a pre-requisite for Piano Class II.

MUAP 1164 - Piano Class II Fall & Spring
Multiple sections offered. See the UALR Directory of Classes for dates/times

Intermediate

Students may enroll for further study in either Piano Class III (MUAP 2184) or private lessons after completing Piano Class II.

MUAP 2184 - Piano Class III Fall only
1 section

Piano Class IV is an upper-level course for music majors, and is recommended preparation for both pianists and non-pianists to take the Piano Proficiency exam, a graduation requirement for all music majors at UALR. Piano Class III or the equivalent level of skill in reading music, piano technique and repertoire is a pre-requisite for Piano Class IV.

MUAP 3165 - Piano Class IV Spring only
1 section

The piano proficiency exam is explained here: Piano Proficiency Guidelines.
The exam is administered on the last Friday of classes during the Spring semester, for those who took Piano Skills in the Spring, and is administered on the last Friday of classes during the Fall semester for those who are re-taking portions of the exam.

Third-Age Piano Class

Third-Age Piano Class is an outreach program for people 55 and older. This class is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing piano study in a less-formal group setting. The course includes the study and performance of a variety of solo and ensemble piano music. Please contact Ms. Nancy Griffin at nancygriffin@centurytel.net for further information.

Private Lessons

Private piano lessons are available for non-beginners. Permission of instructor is required. Non-beginners are those who read music in both treble and bass clef, and have had previous training in piano, equivalent to passing Class Piano II with a B or better. If you need assistance in registering for piano lessons, contact Dr. Holzer (LRHolzer@ualr.edu ) for classical piano lessons, or contact Mr. Cox (tcoxjazz_2006@yahoo.com) for jazz piano lessons.

Semester credit for piano lessons is earned on the basis of lesson duration. One credit per semester means a half-hour weekly lesson; two credit hours means a 55-minute weekly lesson. In general, the pre-requisite for private lessons in either classical or jazz is Piano Class II or the equivalent level of skill in reading music, piano technique and repertoire.

An audition is required for piano study as a music major. Audition requirements are listed on the Music Dept. web site at Prospective Piano Students

Updated 5.8.2014