SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO
2017/2018, Semester 1
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
GEH1060: Social History of the Piano (Aug 2017)
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 Sep 11, 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 Nov 13, 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 Nov 15, W13)
Class Participation and Preparation
Involving in discussion and presenting reports
Effort in demonstrating at the keyboard on weeks 6 and 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
5/9 3/10 7/11 Lunchtime Concert (Alexandra Hospital)
9/9 Of Delights and Torments (Harpsichord)
12/9 Resemblance & Rememberance (Anthony Hewitt)
13/9 SUTD Lunchtime Performance
19/9 Rose Hsien Violin Recital
3/10 Epic Love/Epic War (Harpsichord)
12/10 The Gift of Wings
13/10 3/11 Lunchtime Concert ACM
14,15/10 Concerts at National Gallery
17/10 Scott Holden Piano Recital
26/10 Faculty Recital: Mozart & Schumann
30/10 The Gathering of Birds
6/11 SoundBites Second Thoughts
11/11 Petit Fours
16/11 Piano Duo Recital
Piano Masterclass at YSTCM
6/9 Jean Efflam Bavouzet Piano Masterclass
12/10 Stephen Hough Piano Masterclass
15/11 Piano Duo Masterclass
23/9 11/10 Chamber Masterclass
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