SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO
2016/2017, Semester 2
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
GEH1060: Social History of the Piano (Jan 2017)
Dr. Koo, Siaw-Sing
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 6, W5)
Write one page of report and share it in three minutes on week 5
How do you relate piano to your life?
How has your social circle influenced your view to the piano?
What was your thought or childhood’s memory about playing piano?
Observation Report (Due Apr 10, 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/lecture
Talk to the audiences and performers if possible
Observe the concert’s environment
What was being discussed in a master class/lecture?
Submit the concert and master class/lecture programs
Group Research Project and Presentation:
Five students per group as a sale team of a piano company
Choose 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 13, W13)
Class Participation and Preparation
Involve in discussion and actively participate in class
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
19/1 Bach Cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki (organ)
26/1 With People, For People (Yale-NUS)
26/1 Senior Recitals
7/2 Instrumental Covers of Mandopop, Tangos (Alexandra Hospital)
16/2 Henry Wong Doe Piano Recital
2/3 Of Delights and Torments
7/3 Rolf-Dieter Arens Piano Recital
20/3 An Afternoon with Schumann
21/3 A World Between Two Wars
24/3 Piano (ACM Lunchtime)
25/3 Classical Conversation
31/3 Brahms 3X3
4/4 Pas De Deux – French Masterpieces for Two Pianos
Piano Masterclass / Lecture at YSTCM
13/2 Tan Dun’s 8 Memories in Watercolor
28/2 European Music From the 18
8/3 Rolf Dieter-Arens Master Class
14/3 The Piano Pedagogical Concepts of Muzio Clementi
20/3 The Seasons
21/3 The Organ – is it a Legitimate Musical Instrument?
Mon 7-9 Thomas Hecht Master Class: Email to inform me
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