MUA 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 403,... Applied Piano Fall 2014


MUA 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 403, 501, 502, 503

Applied Piano

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Fall 2014


Robert Holm, D.M.A.

P.A.C. #1119, 460 – 6237 e-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours:

Monday 12:00-1:30; Tuesday 2:15-3:15; Thursday 12:30-2:00; Friday 12:00-2:00

Text: Students are expected to obtain scores for all assigned music.


Students are to attend each lesson scheduled. An unexcused absence from a lesson will affect a student’s grade. Excused absences are for documented illnesses or other justifiable conflicts approved by the instructor. At least 24 hour notice is expected if a lesson will be missed. In case of sudden illness, notify the instructor as soon as possible. Messages can be left at the office. Students should arrive on time for each lesson with the appropriate materials.

Students whose major instrument is piano are expected to attend on-campus piano recitals given by faculty, guest artists and fellow students. A list of upcoming programs during the Fall semester will be given to students the first week of class.

STUDIO CLASS: In addition to the private lesson, all piano students are invited to attend the weekly studio class in the recital hall on Wednesdays at 2:30-3:30. This class hour will give students an opportunity to perform regularly in front of peers and faculty.

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Grading will depend upon attendance, preparation, performance during lessons and in juries, and improvement. At least three works (or movements) from different style periods should be completed each semester. For one hour of credit, the student should practice at least one hour a day, six days a week.

The practice requirement doubles for two hours worth of credit and triples for three hours worth of credit.

Practice rooms are located in two locations in the music building.


In accordance with the University of South Alabama’s increased emphasis on student assessment, performance juries at the end of each semester will be graded using a rubric with seven categories:

Tone, Voicing, Rhythmic Accuracy, Technique, Articulation, Dynamic Expression, and Interpretation. To help the student prepare for the jury, each lesson will be evaluated with respect to these seven categories. Each lesson, a student will be assigned a number from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest) based upon progress and improvement from the previous lesson. An average of lesson scores and grade on the Jury

Exam will together determine the student’s grade. Attendance at these events will constitute 10% of the final grade.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with bona fide disabilities will be afforded reasonable accommodations. The Office of Special Student Services (OSSS) will certify a disability and advise faculty members of reasonable accommodations. If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, please notify the instructor/professor and provide certification from the

Office of Special Student Services. OSSS is located at 5828 Old Shell Road at Jaguar Drive, (251-460-



Since all classes do not progress at the same rate, it may be necessary to modify the above requirements or their timing as circumstances dictate. For example, the number and frequency of exams may be changed, or the number and sequence of assignments. In either of these cases, adequate notification will be given in writing and conform to the spirit of policy statement 6.3.1 of the University of South

Alabama Faculty Handbook.

Online Writing Support

The University of South Alabama provides online writing tutoring services through

SMARTHINKING, an online tutoring service. SMARTHINKING is available at Students may enter the site by logging on with their Jag number and using the last four digits of the social security number as the password. For log-on problems, technical questions and/or on-campus writing assistance, contact the USA Writing Center at 251-460-6480 or e-mail [email protected]

• Information about the University Writing Center and Online Writing Lab can be found

online at

Academic Disruption Policy

The University of South Alabama’s policy regarding Academic Disruption is found in The

Lowdown, the student handbook. Disruptive academic behavior is defined as individual or group conduct that interrupts or interferes with any educational activity

• or environment, infringes upon the rights and privileges of others, results in or threatens the destruction of property and/or is otherwise prejudicial to the maintenance of order in an academic environment.

Students are expected to be cordial, courteous and respectful of faculty members and fellow students.

Student Academic Conduct Policy

The University of South Alabama’s policy regarding Student Academic Conduct Policy is found in The

Lowdown The University of South

Alabama is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. The University is committed to supporting the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution and the Code of

Alabama and to educating students relative to their responsibilities.

Any dishonesty related to academic work or records constitutes academic misconduct including, but not limited to, activities such as giving or receiving unauthorized aid in tests and examinations, improperly obtaining a copy of an examination, plagiarism, misrepresentation of information, altering transcripts or university records. Academic misconduct is incompatible with the standards of the academic community.

Such acts are viewed as moral and intellectual offenses and are subject to investigation and disciplinary action through appropriate University procedures. Penalties may range from the loss of credit for a particular assignment to dismissal from the University. Degree revocation may be warranted in cases involving academic misconduct by former students while they were students at USA. Note that dismissal from any University of South Alabama college or school for reasons of academic misconduct will also

result in permanent dismissal from the University. Faculty, students, and staff are responsible for acquainting themselves with, adhering to, and promoting policies governing academic conduct.