University of Utah
Course: Music 518-520 "The Pianists and the Community:
Volunteerism and Career Development"
Instructor: Bonnie Gritton, Assistant Professor of Music
Quarters taught: Fall, Winter, Spring
Prerequisites: Upper division and graduate piano majors
Music 518-520, The Pianist and the Community: Career Development and
Volunteerism teaches students that community service is a vital
aspect of any musical career. The skills of job placement,
development of vitas and press kits, and fund raising are taught, In
addition students volunteer to teach piano lessons to children at
at-risk schools and also perform monthly recitals for the children.
3 credit hours per quarter. Taught as a sequence fall, winter and
The Pianist in the Community is a class designed to explore the
development of careers in music and how that development must be
structured to include community service. The implementation of
careers for students with bachelors and masters degrees in piano
performance will be discussed with relation to itemizing and
describing all available job markets, preparation of professional
vitas and press kits, and exploration of fund-raising techniques.
Students will learn that community involvement through service is an
important aspect of any career in music. Each student will teach
piano lessons to two children from an at-risk school. In addition,
the class will prepare monthly lecture-recitals to present to the
elementary schools involved.
Method in Which Service-Learning Course Requirements Are Met:
- Needed service: Students will work individually with students
from at-risk elementary schools in providing piano lessons. In
addition the class will work as a group to provide monthly recitals
for the schools.
- Service-subject matter relation: Service activities allow
students to use training received in pedagogy classes and private
applied lessons. The monthly recitals give performing experience as
well training in assembling a group program and relating it to a
specific age group.
- Class contemplates learning through service: Students must keep
a daily journal in which each describes the musical goals
accomplished at each child's lesson and the effects of the
experience on both teacher and student, Students note social
development, emotional control, increased academic skills, improved
discipline, etc. gained by each child. In addition, they describe
the growth they note in their own teaching and the role it is playing
in improving the community. Four times each quarter a group
discussion is held during the class period to encourage the sharing
- Credit/Assessment of learning from service: Journals compiled
throughout the quarter are worth 25%, successful participation in
development and performance in recitals is worth 25%, and concepts
involved with the service learning activities and included in the
exams are worth 50% of grade.
- Service recipients evaluate service: Survey forms are being
developed so that parents, teachers, principals, and the children at
the at-risk schools may participate in a year-end evaluation of the
- Service develops civic education: The journal entries include
students' ideas about how they will combine the demands of career
development with community service in the future. Exams will
question students as to why music must he used in all societies to
improve the lives of people of all economic backgrounds, not just the
- Knowledge enhances service: University students will be
applying concepts of educational psychology and music pedagogy. They
will be performing for an age group not usually present in concert
halls and in informal settings where appreciation and love of music
is stressed over admiration of the performers.
- Learning from other class members: The monthly programs are
organized through daily class discussions. The result is a
combination of talking and performing forhte children. The ideas of
all in the class are combined. Each performance is evaluated by all
and ideas for improvement are suggested by class members.
25% - Students will keep daily journals in which they describe the
musical goals achieved at lessons as well as the influence music has
on other aspects of the child's life such as selfdiscipline,
sociality, self-esteem, etc. Each university student should also
continually evaluate self-growth observed while involved in the
25% - Participation and assistance in preparing and performing in
25% - Successfully teaching weekly lessons and preparing the children
for their own quarterly recitals.
25% - Exams and class projects.
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 14:45:45 MST
From: Renee Buchanan <RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu>