SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO
2017/2018, Semester 2
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
GEH1060: Social History of the Piano (Jan 2018)
Dr. Koo, Siaw-Sing
firstname.lastname@example.org; 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%
Class Participation and Preparation 20%
My Story Report (Due Feb 12, W5)
Write 1-2 page of report and share it in three minutes on week 5
How do you relate piano to your life?
What was your thought or childhood’s memory about playing piano?
How has society influenced your view on the piano?
What is your observation about society and piano?
Observation Report (Due Apr 16, W13)
Write 1-2 page of report and share it in three minutes on week 12 or 13
Evaluate a piano performance AND a piano master class or lecture
Talk to the audiences and performers if possible
Observe the concert’s environment
What was being discussed in a master class or lecture?
Submit the concert and master class or lecture programs
Group Research Project and Presentation:
Five students per group as a sale team of a piano company
You will be assigned a piano company: Broadwood, Clementi, Graf, Erard
Include the unique piano specifications and features, company’s background and sales, and its impact upon the society
Include performers, teachers, public, composers and compositions in relation to the piano
Powerpoint presentation and piano demonstration on week 11 or 12
Write a 5-10 pages paper: Each 1-2 page (Due Apr 19, W13)
Class Participation and Preparation
Report presentation, discussion, and attendance
Effort in demonstrating at the keyboard, week 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.
A Pianist’s Landscape.
Portland: Amadeus Press, 1998.
Early Keyboard Role
Happy Birthday Piano
My Story Report
Design & Development
Skill Demo 1
Let’s Make Music Together
C’est la vie
Skill Demo 2
Conquering the World
Project Presentation 2 grp
Project Presentation 1 grp; Observation Report
Observation Report, Quiz 2
Piano Concerts at YSTCM
2/3 Visiting Artist: Paul Lewis
9/3 Lunchtime Series: Piano (ACM)
14/3 Quentin Kim Piano Recital
20/3 Sengkang Health Lunchtime Concert (Alexander hospital)
24/3 Claude Debussy, Musicien Francais
28/3 Ebony, Ivory, and Rosewood: A Celebration of piano & percussion
3/4 The French Connection: Masterworks for Two Pianos
8/4 Leeds International Piano Competition Preliminary Round
9/4 Sonatensatz: Hecht Studio Concert
10/4 Conservatory Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Piano Masterclass at YSTCM
2-4/3 Thomas Hecht
2-4/3 Albert Tiu
6/3 Murray Perahia
16/3 Quentin Kim
8/4 Noriko Ogawa
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