SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO
2018/2019, Semester 2
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
An interdisciplinary study of how societies and different generations responded to the invention of the piano. This module focuses on the social history of the piano throughout the past three centuries, canvassing a wide array of performers, composers, supporters, manufacturers, “heroes”, politicians, teachers and students. Various expressions of ideologies from differing periods eventually revolutionized and efffectuated the versatility of the piano, shaping a legacy which led to the “globalization” of the piano, including China. Students will learn through lectures, readings, discussions, listening, playing, and attending piano recitals and masterclasses.
GEH1060: Social History of the Piano (Jan 2019)
Dr. Koo, Siaw-Sing
email@example.com; 6516-7477; Studio 15
An interdisciplinary study of how societies and different generations responded to the invention of the piano. This module focuses on the social history of the piano throughout the past three centuries, canvassing a wide array of performers, composers, supporters, manufacturers, “heroes”, politicians, teachers and students. Various expressions of ideologies from differing periods eventually revolutionized and effectuated the versatility of the piano, shaping a legacy, which led to the “globalization” of the piano, including Asia. Students will learn through lectures, readings, discussions, listening, playing, and attending piano concerts and master classes.
Two Reports: My Story and Observation 25%
Group Project 30%
Two Fun Quizzes 25%
Presentation & Participation 20%
My Piano Story Report (Due Feb 11, W5)
Write 2 pages of report and share it within three minutes on February 11
How has the piano play a role in your life? How has the piano reawakened your childhood memories?
What is the culture of the piano in your society?
Observation Report (Due Apr 1, W11)
Write 2 pages of report and share it within three minutes on April 1
Attend a piano performance AND a piano master class or a lecture
Write a concert review about the performance
What are the insightful thoughts that you have learned from the lecture or the masterclass?
Talk to the audiences and performers for their feedback if possible
Observe the concert’s environment
Group Research Project and Presentation:
Five students per group as a piano dealer for 2 or 3 piano companies
You will be assigned a country: England (Broadwood, Clementi); Germany-Austria (Stein, Graf, Bosendorfer); France (Erard, Pleyel)
Make a comparison between the companies. Include their historical background and growth, its unique piano specifications and features, and its impact upon the society
Include performers, teachers, public, composers and compositions in relation to the pianos
PowerPoint presentation and piano demonstration (week 12 or 13)
Write a 10 pages research paper: Each two pages (Due Apr 18, W13)
Presentation & Participation
Report presentation, participation, and attendance
Keyboard demonstration (Weeks 6 & 10)
. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.
A Natural History of the Piano.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Men, Women & Pianos: A Social History.
New York: Dover, 1990.
Company of Pianos
. Kent: Finchcocks Press, 2004.
Why are you here?
Early Keyboard Role
Happy Birthday Piano
My Story Report
Design & Development
Skill Demo 1
Let’s Make Music Together
Quiz 1; SOS
C’est la vie
Skill Demo 2
Conquering the World
Project Presentation; Quiz 2
Piano Concerts at YSTCM
19/1 A Different Kind of “B” Line
21/1 SoundBites: Assortment of Delicious Pieces
22/1 VA Series: The Art of Fugue
26/1 VA Series: Ensemble Dialoghi Performs Mozart & Beethoven
3/3 YST Piano Academy: Finale Concert
4/3 VA Series: Anna Sleptsova
8/3 ACM Lunchtime Series: Piano
15/3 ACM: Piano/String Chamber
22/3 ACM: Piano/String Chamber
26/3 VA Series: New Fronties of Classical Music on Electone
Piano Lectures or Piano Masterclasses at YSTCM
21/1 Bill Williams on Optimum Performance
22/1 The Art of Fugue – The Culminating Work of Bach’s Final Decade
19/2 Infinite Repercussions – Performing the Piano Music of Charles T. Griffes
1-3/3 YST Piano Academy: Thomas Hecht / Albert Tiu Piano Masterclass
5/3 VA Series: Anna Sleptsova Piano Masterclass
26/3 Forum Series: The Piano Education of Robert Schumann
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week