Incorporating Comprehensive Musicianship into Late Intermediate to Early Advanced Piano Lessons

By Yumi Yoshioka.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Private Piano instruction in Malaysia is generally taught within a system that is primarily motivated by music examinations and assessment adopted from the West. These music assessments have become the sole benchmark for formal musical achievement in this country. Hence, it is commonly construed that the primary objective of this private form of music education industry is centered on meeting the syllabus requirements as prescribed by the foreign music examination boards. The misused of these music examinations as a curriculum by many instructors has resulted in the production of musicians that lacks exposure in various aspects of music for instance, group/ensemble performance and repertoire development. This paper presents the procedure and results of a pilot study that incorporated the use of the Comprehensive Musicianship (CM) through an eclectic approach to teaching and learning. Participants comprised of music students at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. This initial test was administered within a timeframe of 12 weeks in the context of three individual piano lessons and one group lesson conducted on a monthly basis. Both pre and post surveys were distributed to ascertain feedback from participants. The data collected indicated that participants were generally in agreement that the inclusion of CM in their lessons has produced a positive experience in learning, comprehension and tangible achievement.

Keywords: Piano Pedagogy, Comprehensive Musicianship

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.9-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 591.288KB).

Dr. Yumi Yoshioka

Senior Lecturer, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Yumi Yoshioka has been teaching applied piano, piano pedagogy, and music notation classes at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research includes on computer instruction for young beginning students, and the experimentation of using computer assisted software to teach piano to teach piano to blind piano students. She is currently studying the use of Comprehensive Musicianship in teaching applied piano to university students. Her interest includes the use of local folk tunes in teaching young beginning piano students. She completed her Associate of Science degree at Vincennes University in Indiana. Further studies with William Hughes at Indiana State University earned her a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Post graduate studies include a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of South Carolina where she studied with Charles Fugo, Scott Price, and Steven Taylor. She has presented, taught, performed and accompanied in the US, and Japan.


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