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Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program

COVID-19 UPDATE: To align with University directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in-person activities, events, and programs involving children are conducted virtually and in alternative formats until further notice. This means that all PPLP activities will be conducted remotely until December, 2020, at which point we will reassess the format based on the University guidelines. We appreciate your continuing support and understanding.

The Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program (PPLP) was founded in November, 1983 with a dual purpose: to provide teacher-training for the University of Michigan students enrolled in the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree, and to provide piano lessons to pre-college age students from the community. Since that time, the PPLP has grown from two beginning classes with a total enrollment of 13 students, to 11 classes with an enrollment of approximately 85 students. All students enrolled in the PPLP receive a unique combination of group and private lesson study during the school year, as well as frequent performing opportunities in departmental recitals, master-classes and in special local events.

PPLP also offers a piano class for adult beginners, Time for Me.

PPLP is a year-round program of continuous study, and each academic year begins in September, finishing at the end of April with an annual Spring Recital in which all students of the program participate. Students are required to take a minimum of 6 private lessons in the Summer Session (May – August).

The students receive weekly assignment sheets, detailing what they need to achieve, and what goals they need to maintain. The PPLP has three different types of study, depending on the level of the student: Beginning, Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced.

Beginning students start their instruction with two weekly, one-hour group lessons. Toward the end of November, when the children have begun reading music on the Grand Staff, one of the group lessons is dropped and a 30-minute private lesson is substituted in its place. From that point until the end of the academic year in April, the beginning students will have a weekly one-hour group lesson and a weekly 30-minute private lesson.

Elementary level students are those in the second through fifth years of study. They receive a weekly one-hour group lesson and a weekly 45-minute private lesson.

Intermediate and Advanced students are those in approximately the sixth year (and higher) of study. Typically, these are children in middle and high school. They receive a weekly one-hour group lesson (alternating between performance and theory classes) and a weekly 45-minute private lesson.

Interview week for the 2019-2020 academic year will take place during May 6-10, 2019. For inquiries, please contact the Coordinator, Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn, at 734-647-7245 or ahiguchi@umich.edu.

We are proud that you have entrusted your child’s pianistic development to us and want you to know that we take this responsibility very seriously. If you ever have any questions, concerns or comments regarding your child’s study, please feel free to contact us. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Code of Conduct: Participants should understand that their behavior reflects on the entire University of Michigan community and, as such, should behave in an honest, respectful and responsible manner that is consistent with the mission of the University. Participants are expected to treat their fellow students and teachers in a respectful manner at all times, make a good faith effort to progress in their studies and refrain from prohibited conduct including destruction of property and physical violence.

Music needed for study is available through a variety of sources. Locally, it can be ordered through King’s Keyboard House (2363 E. Stadium Blvd; 734-663-3381). Please call ahead to make sure materials are available. For Frederick Harris publications, materials can be ordered from the Royal Conservatory of Music online bookstore. Materials generally arrive within 5 days.

Pianos: a tuned acoustic piano is a necessity for daily practice. Students cannot develop technical proficiency or the ability to communicate a wide range of sound by using an electric keyboard. We will be happy to refer you to a qualified tuner / technician if your instrument needs some attention prior to the start of lessons.

NEW 2020: Remote learning environment
Until further notice, all lessons, classes, masterclasses, and recitals are conducted remotely during the 2020-2021 academic year. You will need a stable internet connection (1.5 Mbps or higher speed) and a device that has a webcam and a microphone (a tablet, a computer, or a phone). There are other optional equipment that might enhance the remote learning environment, such as an external microphone with a USB connection, headphones, a phone holder/mounting arm, and more. Please contact the coordinator or the private teacher for any assistance or recommendations.

NEW 2020: Assignment sheets are sent after each class, either by email or in a shared folder. Please make sure that you print the assignment sheet out in a timely manner, preferably immediately after the class, so that the student has a handy checklist of materials and pieces that will need daily practice. Parent announcements are always at the top of the assignment sheet.

Daily practice: an essential ingredient necessary for each student to reach his or her full potential! The amount of practice time will vary, depending on the length of the assignment, student’s level, etc. We ask that our students do as much practice as is needed to perform each item on their assignment sheets with fluency and ease.

Parental help might be needed to assist younger students with practice following each lesson. Your family will want to discuss daily practice and determine a regular, convenient time for it to happen. Daily practice will be enjoyable with your loving support, encouragement and praise.

Performance opportunities: Students perform weekly in class. Beginning students will have a Parent’s Day class in December. Continuing students participate in informal recitals, a more formal program at the beginning of May, and other activities throughout the year, such as The Music Development Program Assessments. Please refer to the “PPLP Events” for specific dates of these events.

Punctuality: Class and private lessons begin promptly at the scheduled time. It is important that students are ready to log into the Zoom meeting a few minutes early (with all materials, pencils, and clean hands) so they may get settled and warmed-up prior to the start of class. We ask that parents of elementary level children sit nearby to assist them with using the devices.

Transitional Curriculum: This special program is for an incoming transfer student who has deficiencies in limited areas, and therefore needs extra time to prepare to join a group class that is most suitable in the following school year, as well as for a current student who has been assessed to move ahead a year. A student can only participate in this transitional program for up to one school year. A student will receive a weekly private instruction of 45 minutes, in order to join the regular program in the following school year, and tuition is adjusted accordingly.

Class absences: Regular attendance is essential for progress; there is not enough time in the private lesson to cover all the material that has been presented in a one-hour class. If an absence is unavoidable, please notify the PPLP office. Assignment sheets for a missed class can be mailed home or given out at the next private lesson. More than three class absences in one academic year may affect the good standing in the program.

Private lesson absences: Private lessons will be made up if missed due to illness or emergency and if the teacher or PPLP office has been notified in advance of the lesson time. Because studying piano involves close contact (particularly hand-to-hand) we ask that students do not attend lessons if they are in the contagious stage of an illness. Lessons missed due to reasons other than those above will be made up at the teachers’ discretion only. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will always be rescheduled.

Weather policy (if in-person lessons resume): You will be called or emailed if weather conditions force cancellation of classes and lessons. Public school closings in the morning do not necessarily cancel late afternoon lessons.

Parking (if in-person lessons resume): There is a metered parking lot south of the Moore Building. Parking regulations are in effect on weekdays until 5:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to wait in the atrium area. PLEASE NOTE: the circle drive in front of the building is for drop-off or pick-up only.

Entrance to Building: IF IN-PERSON LESSONS RESUME – All external doors to Moore Building will be closed after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and weekend days. You will be issued two guest MCard that will allow access to the building after hours: one card is in the name of your child and another for parents. These cards will be distributed during the first week of classes. If you require additional MCard, they can be requested at an additional cost.

Student Progress Reports and Performance Records: Reports on the student’s progress will be mailed to parents at the end of the academic year. A Performance record of all pieces completed and memorized during the year will be included.

Tuition covers the following: both group and private lessons, departmental recitals, and master-classes. PPLP has two payment plans: Option 1 is payment in full; Option 2 is payment in 4 installments. All tuition is payable by check or credit card online.

In addition, there is a non-refundable Registration Fee of $50 per student. Please contact the coordinator for more information.

Tuition payments: There is a $50, non-refundable registration fee for all students. We are pleased to offer a choice of tuition payment options. Tuition for the entire 27-week school year for 2020-2021 is $1,650, if paid by September 1, 2020. For the Payment Plan Option (in which tuition is divided into four payments), the cost is $1,725. A $25 late fee will be added for Payment Plan Option, if received after September 15, 2020. NOTE: if a student withdraws from the program, prorated tuition will be refunded as long as the PPLP office is notified in writing and the withdrawal takes place before November 1, 2020. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THIS DATE; those who have elected the payment plan option will be expected to complete their payments.

Need-based Scholarships: A limited number of need-based awards are available. If a financial need arises, and the student is in good standing, the administration of PPLP will request and review documentation related to the particular situation. Any decisions on partial or full tuition assistance, the duration of the assistance, and other conditions for receiving the assistance (i.e. attendance, passing examinations or auditions, etc.) will be at the discretion of the administration of PPLP. Please contact the Coordinator if you would like to apply for the scholarship.

We have many different types of performance opportunities for our students. These include informal performances, in group classes, and playing in front of their peers; we want students to feel comfortable performing in front of peers first. This supportive environment helps them feel confident in formal piano recitals that take place in several different performance venues at the School of Music. In addition, many students participate in master classes presided over by the director of the program.

RECITAL DATES

All recitals will take place on Zoom until further notice.

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, May 1-2, 2021, Recitals for all classes, times TBA

DATES FOR OTHER EVENTS

EVENT DATE LOCATION

MTNA Competitions
October 31, 2020
Video

Bach Festival
December 5, 2020
Schoolcraft College

RCM Practical Examinations
December 5-6, 2020
TBD (UM or remote)

RCM Theory Examinations
December 11-12, 2020
TBD (UM or remote)

Sonatina/Sonata Festival
February 13, 2021
Schoolcraft College

RCM Practical Examinations
April 23-26, 2021 (tent.)
TBD (UM or remote)

CLASS WEEKS

Week 1: September 14-18
Week 2: September 21-25
Week 3: September 28 – October 2
Week 4: October 5-9
Week 5: October 12-16
Week 6: October 19-23
Week 7: October 26-30
Week 8: November 2-6
Week 9: November 9-13
Week 10: November 16-20
No classes November 23-27: THANKSGIVING RECESS
Week 11: November 30 – December 4
Week 12: December 7-11
No classes December 16 – January 12, 2020: WINTER RECESS

Week 13: January 18-22
Week 14: January 25-29
Week 15: February 1-5
Week 16: February 8-12
Week 17: February 15-19
Week 18: February 22-26
Week 19: March 1-5
Week 20: March 8-12
Week 21: March 15-19
Week 22: March 22-26
Week 23: March 29 – April 2
Week 24: April 5-9
Week 25: April 12-16
Week 26: April 19-23
Week 27: April 26-30

Interviews for new students: May 10-14, 2021
Spring-summer Term private lessons May 17 – August 27, 2021
Registration deadline: May 1; tuition due June 1, 2021

Please find the weekly days/times, location, schedule (for Intermediate and Advanced classes), class teachers, music and supplies, and other information for each class.

All music books are available at King’s Keyboard, 2363 E. Stadium (734-663-3381). Please call ahead to make sure the music is in before going to the store. Frederick Harris items are also available online from http://bookstore.rcmusic.com. You can also order from online retailers such as Amazon or Sheet Music Plus.

Regarding use of old books: all markings MUST be erased. A clean copy is essential for learning.

Beginning Year Class
2nd Year Class
3rd Year Class
4th Year Class
Intermediate A Class
Intermediate B Class
Intermediate C Class
Advanced I Class
Advanced II Class
Advanced III Class

 

Beginning Year Class

Weekly class days and times: Tuesdays and Fridays at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn.

Music
Materials needed for class on September 16:

Music Pathways Discoveries A (Carl Fischer CF.05104)
Music Pathways Activities A (Carl Fischer CF. 05105)
Music Pathways Solos A (Carl Fischer CF.05106)

Materials needed in November:

Bastien Flashcards
Accent on Solos, Level 1 – Gillock (Willis:  HL.416295)
Four Star Sight-reading and Ear Tests, Preparatory A – (Frederick Harris)

Supplies

3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
Sharpened pencils

 

2nd Year Class

Weekly class days and times: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m., on Zoom with Dr. Agnieszka Zick. The FIRST CLASS will be on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 17:

Music
Music Pathways Discoveries and Activities, B Level (C. Fischer: CF.05107/CF.05108)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests, Level Preparatory B (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level Preparatory B (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Technical Requirements for Piano Preparatory (F. Harris Music)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Bastien Flashcards (from last year)
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

3rd Year Class

Weekly class days and times: Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m., on Zoom with Dr. Agnieszka Zick. The FIRST CLASS will be on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 15:

Music
Music Pathways Discoveries and Activities, C Level (C. Fischer: CF.05110/CF.05111)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests, Level 2 – (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 2 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 2 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Technical Requirements for Piano, Level 2 (F. Harris Music)
Duet: Kaleidoscope Book 1 by Jon George (Alfred)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Bastien Flashcards
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

4th Year Class

Weekly class days and times: Mondays at 5:30 p.m., on Zoom with Dr. Agnieszka Zick. The FIRST CLASS will be on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 14:

Music
Music Pathways Discoveries and Activities, D Level (C. Fischer:  CF.05113/CF.05114)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests, Level 3 – (F. Harris Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 3 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 3 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Technical Requirements for Piano, Level 3 (F. Harris Music)
Terrific Tunes for Two, Book. 1 by Mier (Alfred)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Bastien Flashcards
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

Intermediate A Class

Weekly class days and times: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Agnieszka Zick. The FIRST CLASS will be on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 16:

Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 4 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 4 (F. Harris Music)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests (F. Harris Music) (confirm current level with  private teacher)
Celebration Series: Technical Requirements for Piano, Level 4 (F. Harris Music)
Treasures for Two, Book 1 – Mier (Alfred)
Celebrate Theory, Level 4 (F. Harris Music)

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

INTERMEDIATE A CLASS DATES 2020-2021

September 16 | September 23
September 30 | October 7
October 14 | October 21
October 28 | November 4
November 11 | November 18
December 9* | December 2*
* Please note the theory and performance classes are switched in December, in order to accommodate a Performance Day.

January 20 | January 27
February 3 | February 10
February 17 | February 24
March 3 | March 10
March 17 | March 24
March 31 | April 7
April 14 | April 21
April 28

 

Intermediate B Class

Weekly class days and times: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn. The FIRST CLASS will be Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 16:

Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 5 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 5 (F. Harris Music)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests (F. Harris Music) (confirm current level with  private teacher)
Treasures for Two, Bk 2 by Mier (Alfred)
Celebrate Theory, Level 5 (F. Harris Music)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

INTERMEDIATE B CLASS DATES 2020-2021

September 16 | September 23
September 30 | October 7
October 14 | October 21
October 28 | November 4
November 11 | November 18
December 9* | December 2*
* Please note the theory and performance classes are switched in December, in order to accommodate a Performance Day.

January 20 | January 27
February 3 | February 10
February 17 | February 24
March 3 | March 10
March 17 | March 24
March 31 | April 7
April 14 | April 21
April 28

 

Intermediate C Class

Weekly class days and times: Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn. The FIRST CLASS will be Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 17:

Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 6 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 6 (F. Harris Music)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests (F. Harris Music) (confirm current level with  private teacher)
Masterwork Classics Duets, Level 6 (Alfred)
Celebrate Theory, Level 6 (F. Harris Music)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

INTERMEDIATE C CLASS DATES 2020-2021

September 17 | September 24
October 1 | October 8
October 15 | October 22
October 29 | November 5
November 12 | November 19
December 10* | December 3*
* Please note the theory and performance classes are switched in December, in order to accommodate a Performance Day.

January 21 | January 28
February 4 | February 11
February 18 | February 25
March 4 | March 18
March 18 | March 25
April 1 | April 8
April 15 | April 22
April 29

 

Advanced I Class

Weekly class days and times: Mondays at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn. The FIRST CLASS will be Monday, September 14, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 14:

Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 7 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 7 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Technical Requirements for Piano, Level 7 (F. Harris Music)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests (F. Harris Music) (confirm current level with  private teacher)
Masterwork Classics Duets, Level 7 (Alfred)
Celebrate Theory, Level 7 (F. Harris Music)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

ADVANCED I CLASS DATES, 2020-2021

September 14 | September 21
September 28 | October 5
October 12 | October 19
October 26 | November 2
November 9 | November 16
December 7* | November 30*
* Please note the theory and performance classes are switched in December, in order to accommodate a Performance Day.

January 18 | January 25
February 1 | February 8
February 15 | February 22
March 1 | March 8
March 15 | March 22
March 29 | April 5
April 12 | April 19
April 26

 

Advanced II Class

Weekly class days and times: Mondays, Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn. The FIRST CLASS will be Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 15:

Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 8 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 8 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Technical Requirements for Piano, Level 8 (F. Harris Music)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests (F. Harris Music) (confirm current level with private teacher)
Masterwork Classics Duets, Level 8 (Alfred)
Celebrate Theory, Level 8 (F. Harris Music)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

ADVANCED II CLASS DATES, 2020-2021

September 15 | September 22
September 29 | October 6
October 13 | October 20
October 27 | November 3
November 10 | November 17
December 8* | December 1*
* Please note the theory and performance classes are switched in December, in order to accommodate a Performance Day.

January 19 | January 26
February 2 | February 9
February 16 | February 23
March 2 | March 9
March 16 | March 23
March 30 | April 6
April 13 | April 20
April 27

 

Advanced III Class

Weekly class days and times:
Performance class will be on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn.
Theory class will be on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom with Dr. Aya Hagelthorn (level 9) and Mr. Forrest Howell (level 10).


The FIRST CLASS will be Monday, September 14, 2020.

Materials needed for class on September 14:

Music
Celebration Series: Piano Repertoire, Level 9 OR 10 (F. Harris Music)
Celebration Series: Piano Etudes, Level 9 OR 10 (F. Harris Music)
Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests (F. Harris Music) (confirm current level with private teacher)
Masterwork Classics Duets, Level 9 (Alfred)
Celebrate Theory: Level 9 OR 10 Harmony (F. Harris Music)
Other music as assigned by private teacher

Supplies
3-ring binder with inside pocket
3-hole pencil case attached to binder
5 sharpened pencils with erasers
Lined notebook and manuscript paper
Music dictionary, metronome for home practice

ADVANCED III CLASS DATES, 2020-2021

September 14 | September 21
September 28 | October 5
October 12 | October 19
October 26 | November 2
November 9 | November 16
December 7* | November 30*
* Please note the theory and performance classes are switched in December, in order to accommodate a Performance Day.

January 18 | January 25
February 1 | February 8
February 15 | February 22
March 1 | March 8
March 15 | March 22
March 29 | April 5
April 12 | April 19
April 26

The PPLP faculty consists of faculty and staff at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, as well as the Graduate Student Instructors (GSI’s) currently enrolled in the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree.  Class and teacher assignment for each student will be determined by the coordinator.

John Ellis, Director  (private teacher)

Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn, Coordinator (group teacher, private teacher)

Agnieszka Zick (group teacher, private teacher)
Alissa Freeman (private teacher)
Lois Kim (private teacher)
Forrest Howell (private teacher)
Ceren Su Sahin (private teacher)
Hillary Santoso (private teacher)
Allison Schinnick (private teacher)</e,>
Jasmine Wong (private teacher)

Treasures for Piano – a database of information for piano pedagogical repertoires for Elementary to Early Advanced levels.
Royal Conservatory Of Music
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)