SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO
2016/2017, Semester 1
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
GEH1060: Social History of the Piano (Aug 2016)
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 recitals and masterclasses.
Two Reports: My Story and Observation 30%
Group Project 30%
Fun Quizzes 20%
Class Participation and Preparation 20%
My Story Report (Due 29/8)
Write a page of report and share it in three minutes on week 4
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 7/11)
Write a page of report and share it in three minutes on week 13
Evaluate a piano performance and a piano masterclass/lecture
Talk to the audiences and performers
Observe the concert’s environment
What was being discussed in a masterclass/lecture?
Submit the concert and masterclass/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 five-pages paper: Each a page (Due 31/10)
Class Participation and Preparation
Involve in discussion and actively participate in class
Effort in demonstrating at the keyboard on weeks 5 and 11
. 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
Skill Demo 1
Let's Make Music Together
C’est la vie
Skill Demo 2
Conquering the World
Project Presentation, Quiz 2
Piano Concerts at YSTCM
2/9 All Brahms
17/9 Mozart and Mahler
28/9 A Viennese Gala (ticket)
7/10 Grand Russian
8-9/10 Piano Chamber (National Gallery)
10/10 Flair and Sublimeness
12/10 Soiree: An Evening in France of the 1910s
14/10 Lunchtime Concert at ACM: Piano
22-23/10 Piano Chamber (National Gallery)
25/10 Melvyn Tan 60
28/10 Melvyn Tan with Conservatory String Ensemble
30/10 Andreas Schiff Plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations (ticket)
Piano Masterclass / Lecture at YSTCM
30/8 Discovering the Piano Music of Charles Griffes
5/10 Performing Bach on the Piano
24/10 Melvyn Tan Piano Masterclass
29/10 Andreas Schiff 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