University of Iowa

Solo Piano Lessons (025:2021, 025:3021, 025:6021)         

Fall 2022


Office: 4400 VOX

Tel: (319) 335-1651


Office Hours: by appointment


Description of the Course

            Each student will have one 50-minute individual lesson per week. We will meet as a studio for a required weekly Performance Seminar (Thursdays, 1:30-2:50).  All Piano Lessons (025:2021, 025:3021, 025:6021) are 2 semester hour courses.  “This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Science.  This means that for undergraduates, class policies on matters such as requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are governed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Undergraduate students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Details of the University policy of cross enrollments may be found at”.


Philosophy and Goals

            My long-term teaching goal is for you eventually to “not need my guidance any longer” when facing new repertoire and challenges of performing and teaching career. In my lessons and performance seminars I approach the task of building students’ creative independence as musicians and performers by expanding their professional knowledge and understanding of broader musical concepts, teaching how to apply such comprehensive musicianship when working on repertoire and to explore ways to sustain self- motivation and enthusiasm for music and learning.


            The creative independence flourishes most when a musician posses a solid grasp on fundamental performing methods and tools, such as a quality and means of sound production and voicing, technical skills, nuanced musicality and sensitivity, analytical knowledge of harmony and form, memorization and sight-reading skills, stylistic awareness, effective ways of practicing, etc. Learning new repertoire and performing in public are some of the most satisfying paths for artistic self-expression of a musician,  and practicing and preparation become more and more exciting and interesting when you discover your own approach that works the best for you.   I also believe that, in addition to your own practice and our work together, constant reading and listening to various musical genres should be an integral part of your everyday life. We are so fortunate that there is no end to personal improvement and growth in music!  The more we know about musical art and life,  the more intersting becomes  the process of transforming a silent score into a live performance of your unique understanding of composer’s intentions.



            You will have one individual lesson of 50 minutes in length per week. Please let me know if you need to leave promptly at the end of your lesson, since I prefer to teach a full hour.  You should prepare all assigned materials for each lesson with an evidence of improvement from your previous lesson. Allow yourself some time between your previous engagement and a lesson to warm up and concentrate on the music that you will be playing at the lesson.  Prompt appearance to the lesson is encouraged.  If you need to re-schedule, think ahead and notify me at least few days in advance, so we can find another time to meet.


Performance Seminars

            We will meet as a studio for a required weekly Performance Seminar (Thursdays, 1:30-2:50) at the VOX Recital Hall.  Please make sure that you do not have any scheduling conflicts for this time.   Studio performance seminars are part of your Piano Lessons requirements. They present you with an opportunity to perform in public and hear your colleagues perform. They give you chance to be involved in discussions of the performances, raise questions about interpretations, and explain your own artistic decisions. They help you to develop a critical ear, talk about music, and give critical comments in a constructive and positive way. These seminars offer an opportunity for you to become familiar with vast repertory and learn from the successes/ problems of others. When I approve your request to play at the seminar during your lesson, you will need to email our current studio TA with the request for a specific date.  In your request you should include names of composers, full titles with relevant opus numbers and keys, etc., and exact timings for each piece.  All communication should be Cced to me, as I will be making final decisions of who and how much repertoire each student will be playing.  


During the seminar, I expect everyone present to write comments. The comments should be constructive and offer positive encouragements as well as thoughtful criticism. Use of Ipads or  laptops is allowed only for following online scores.  No phone use is allowed during the seminars.  If you use your phone during a seminar, it will be reflected in your lowered grade for applied piano lessons.



            Public recital is a particularly important event for a musician.  It is a final product of endless hours of work in the practice room and lessons with a teacher.  Therefore, it should be approached with special care. A satisfying recital will only happen if you are well prepared for the performance.  This requires careful planning of the program and schedule of practice. Be professional and plan your recital long in advance. You should have your whole program solidly memorized and performed at studio seminars at least one month prior to your recital date. You should review with me all printing materials, such as a poster, program, and program notes, before you print the final version.  Please do not post any announcements connected with your recital without showing it to me first. If you wish me to be at your dress rehearsal, notify me soon enough, so that I can change my schedule if it is needed.



            Twice a year, usually at the end of each semester, the piano area holds piano juries.  Everyone who is a piano performance major or studies with the piano faculty member is required to play the juries.  The only exemptions are students who performed their degree recitals during the semester prior to the juries’ time, who are in their first semesters of studies at the UI, and students who are taking comprehensive examinations during the semester. The repertoire requirements for the juries are 7-8 minutes of memorized solo piano repertoire for freshmen, 8-9 minutes for sophomores, 10 minutes for juniors and seniors, 12 1/2 minutes for masters, and 15 minutes for DMA.  The program should consist of solo piano works of at least 2 contrasting style. The piano area faculty committee will decide on a grade for the jury.  This grade will count as 25% of the total semester grade.


The fall 2022 piano juries will take place  on Friday, December 9th, at 1:30pm-4:00pm.


Supervision of TA’s projects and 25: 7401 recitals

I will supervise all studio TAs projects and 25:7401 recitals accompanied by my students. I will be able to meet with you on Tuesdays at 1:30pm-2:30pm by request only.  


Repertoire List

            At the end of each semester, you will be asked to submit your repertoire list.  This list will consist of two main sections: assigned repertoire and learned repertoire.  This procedure will help you to keep a better track of your own achievements.  Having your repertoire list prepared each semester will also speed up your future application processes (schools, competitions, festivals, and jobs).



            Practice is the only way to become a good musician.  You must be very organized and schedule your practice time as you would schedule your classes.  Have a weekly practice schedule assigned, along with your class schedule.  You should practice every day.  Consistency is a key to success. Use your practice time wisely, setting up goals for each session.



            Your final grade will be influenced by the following factors:

1.         The quality of your work during the semester:

a.         Preparation for each individual lesson

b.         Amount of the repertoire learned

c.         Amount of the repertoire performed

d.         Prompt attendance

2.         Attendance and participation in the performance seminars.

3.         Quality of performance

                        a.         public recital

                        b          piano area juries

                        c.         studio performance seminars


I will use Plus/Minus Grading System.


How to reach me

            If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The fastest way to reach me is by E-mail, unless I am traveling.  You may schedule an office hour appointment with me. To do so, please email your request for a meeting, and I will try to accommodate your request the best I can. You may also call or text me at 319-321-0238.



Rights and Responsibilities

All students in the College of the Liberal Arts have specific rights and responsibilities. You have the right to adjudication of any complaints you have about studio activities or instructor actions. Information on these procedures is available in the Schedule of Courses and on-line in the College's Student Academic Handbook ( You also have the right to expect a studio environment that enables you to learn, including modifications if you have a disability.   I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require some modification of seating, performing, or other studio requirements so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Accommodations for Disabilities
            A student seeking academic accommodations should first register with Student Disability Services and then meet with a SDS counselor who determines eligibility for services. A student approved for accommodations should meet privately with the course instructor to arrange particular accommodations. See

Complaint procedure

            (from CLAS Student Academic Handbook,


1.     Ordinarily, the student should attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor first. Students may talk first to someone other than the instructor (for instance, to the department's director of undergraduate studies, the departmental executive officer, or the University Ombudsperson) if they do not feel, for whatever reason, that they can directly approach the instructor.

2.     If the complaint is not resolved to the student's satisfaction, the student should go to the course supervisor (if the instructor is a teaching assistant), to the Associate Director for (Undergraduate/Graduate) Studies, or the departmental executive officer.

3.     If the matter remains unresolved, the student may submit a written complaint to the associate dean for academic programs. The associate dean will attempt to resolve the complaint and, if necessary, may convene a special committee to recommend appropriate action. In any event, the associate dean will respond to the student in writing regarding the disposition of the complaint.

University Ombudsperson

            Ombudspersons Office, located at C108 Seashore Hall (335-3608), provides conflict resolution services, as well as general information about University policies and procedures.  (


Respect for Diversity

            “The University of Iowa values diversity among students, faculty, and staff, and regards Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action as tools to achieve diversity. The University believes that a rich diversity of people and the many points of view they bring serve to enhance the quality of the educational experience at The University of Iowa.” (


Reacting Safely to Severe Weather
              If severe weather is indicated by the UI outdoor warning system, class members will seek shelter in the innermost part of the building, if possible at the lowest level, staying clear of windows and of free-standing expanses which might prove unstable. The class will resume after the severe weather has ended. See the Operations Manual section 16.14. i.


Understanding Sexual Harassment
               Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. See