Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2015

School

School of Music

Major

Music: Choral

Keywords

Piano Pedagogy, Music Curriculum, Private Piano Instruction, Elementary Piano Method, Music Literacy

Disciplines

Composition | Music Pedagogy | Music Performance | Music Practice | Music Theory | Other Education

Abstract

A comprehensive piano curriculum involves physical performance development alongside musicianship training. This thesis will discuss the decline in music literacy alongside research supporting the benefits of a creative, holistic, flexible music education program. These items will then be applied to developing an elementary piano curriculum. A four-volume piano method emphasizing theory and musicianship in the context of performance literature is outlined and level one is presented in detail.