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Introduction to Piano

introduction to Piano

August 22 to December 8, 2017
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Seretean Center For Preforming Arts

Section 1:  5:30 to 6:20pm

Instructor: Nataša Kaurin-Karača

Section 2:  6:30 to 7:20pm

Instructor:  Dr. Se-Hee Jin



Register for Section 2

Registration $350
Due by August 8, 2017

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Course Information and Prerequisites

An interest in learning to play piano.

Recommended Equipment
Students should have access to a piano or keyboard for daily practice.

Mode and Style of Teaching
Class develops visual understanding and kinetic keyboard manipulation through studying and performing diverse piano repertory, sight-reading, chord progressions and harmonization. It is an opportunity for students to learn at their own pace, and to enjoy making music as a group.

Exams and Assignments
This is a noncredit course, so no quizzes or tests will be administered. Grades will not be assigned. The final performance will be open to the public.

About The Instructor (Section 1)

Natasa Ms. Nataša Kaurin-Karača is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Aural Skills, Class Piano, Music Fundamentals, and Music Appreciation.

She has been playing piano since a very early age, and teaching Class Piano at Oklahoma State University since 2006. Her research interests include aural skills acquisition, pedagogy, and perception of timbre. In addition to teaching, Nataša has been a music director of Stillwater Chamber Singers since 2010. As a promoter of new music at Oklahoma State University, she has served as a music director of the “Frontiers” new music ensemble.

Nataša received her B.M. in Music Theory and Education from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and her M.M. from The Ohio State University under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.

About The Instructor (Section 2)

Jin Web Dr. Se-Hee Jin, a native of South Korea, has been acclaimed for her keen musical intelligence and exquisite sensitivity. Dr. Jin currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University and has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, and Korea, continuing her solo recital projects and concert series on contemporary music.

As a solo pianist, Dr. Jin has been featured in various recitals including concerts at the Weill-Carnegie Hall, Kaufman Music Center, Bentley Recital Hall, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. She has participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. Dr. Jin has also continued her collaborative performances with distinguished musicians in the States and abroad. Her recent collaborations include duo and chamber performances with Kenneth Grant (Eastman School of Music), Nancy Ambrose King (University of Michigan), Kathleen Winkler (Rice University), and Celeste Johnson (University of Missouri-Kansas City). She has appeared in Backstage Pass on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, Women in Music Festival, the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and Winners' Concert, Festival of Contemporary Music, and various series of chamber music concerts.

Dr. Jin is the Founder and Music Director of the American Living Composer Series. The new music concert series has presented portrait recitals of Charles Wuorinen (Pulitzer Prize winner, 1970) and Louis Karchin (Professor of Music, New York University) in several venues in Rochester and New York, NY. The most recent concert featuring faculty members of Oklahoma State University presented compositions by John Harbison (Pulitzer Prize winner, 1987; Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) at the Gilcrease Museum of American History and Art and Oklahoma State University in March 2017.

Dr. Jin holds her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music under Natalya Antonova. She graduated from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) with a Bachelor of Music degree.

Recommended Textbook

alfred basic piano cover All students will be required to purchase
Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course
ISBN: 978-0882848181

(approximately $20)



Weekly Schedule

This is a tentative schedule of topics that will be covered throughout the semester. With each topic several repertoire pieces will be assigned according to the learning pace of individual students and the whole group.

Week 1
Aug 22 & 24
Introduction to playing position, clefs, and rhythm
Week 2
Aug 29 & 31
The grand staff and time signatures
Week 3
Sep 5 & 7
5-finger patterns; melodic and harmonic intervals
Week 4
Sep 12 & 14
Major scales; simple and compound meter
Week 5
Sep 19 & 21
Introduction to C and G major chords; harmonizing melodies
Week 6
Sep 26 & 28
F-major chord; G7 chord; cadences, improvisation
Week 7
Oct 3 & 5
Expanding the 5-finger position; flats and sharps
Week 8
Oct 10 & 12
Introducing damper pedal
Week 9
Oct 17 & 19
Chords and Blues progression
Week 10
Oct 24 & 26
Minor scales; syncopated rhythm
Week 11
Oct 31 & Nov 2
Arpeggiated chords and styles of accompaniment
Week 12
Nov 7 & 9
Composition project
Week 13
Nov 14 & 16
Triads and seventh chords; lead sheet symbols
Week 14
Nov 21
(will not meet
Nov 23)
Week 15
Nov 28 & 30
Preparation for the final performance
Week 16
Dec 5 & 7
Final performance

Drop or refund policy

In the event you cannot attend the course, a 100% refund is available through 8 a.m. on the Monday of the week prior to the class start date. A 50% refund is available through Friday at 5 p.m. No refund is available on the first day of classes. Email or call for more information on dropping and adding non-credit classes offered through OSU Arts & Sciences Outreach.

If you have disabilities and need accommodation, please contact Student Disability Services at 405.744.7116.

Program Coordinator

Christine Nichols


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