SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO
2018/2019, Semester 1
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 (Aug 2018)
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%
Class Participation and Preparation 20%
My Piano Story Report (Due Sep 10, W5)
Write 1-2 page of report and share it in three minutes on week 5
How has the piano play a role in your life?
How has the piano reawaken your childhood memories?
What is the culture of the piano in your society?
Observation Report (Due Nov 12, 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
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 sale team of a piano company
You will be assigned a piano company: Broadwood, Clementi, Graf, Erard
Include the company’s historical background and sales, its unique piano specifications and features, 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 research paper: Each 1-2 page (Due Nov 14, 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
27/8 Victor Asuncion Piano Recital
30/8 Concerto Competition Grand Final
4/9 Sitkovetsky Trio Recital
24/9 Paul Lewis (Ticket)
12/10 Lunchtime Series: Piano
18/10 Beyond The Score: Piano Duo – Classical Music in Everyday Life
26/10 ACM Lunchtime Series: Piano Chamber
26/10 Andras Schiff Piano Recital (Ticket)
2/11 Conservatory Orchestra Series: Thomas Hecht Plays Liszt
Piano Lectures or Piano Masterclass at YSTCM
11/9 Cage, Cowell, Crumb – Pioneers of the Avant-Garde Piano
9/10 Launching My ‘SMART’ Piano Studio
18/10 Lars Vogt Piano Masterclass
23/10 Lecture Recital; Inspired by Brahms
25/10 Andras Schiff Dialogue Session
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