Topics: The Art of Accompanying
Instructor: Dr. Pam Dennis
Ofice: Luther L. Gobbel Library
Phone #: 425-3479 (ext.
Course description: This course
involves guided study in the practices and procedures of accompanying. The course is individualized according
to the level of the student and according to the accompanying needs of the
Music Department. Through
first-hand experience, the student will develop the skills necessary to
accompany in a variety of formats and settings including accompaniment of solo
instrumentalists and solo vocalists, piano and/or piano-organ duets, chamber
settings, congregational singing, symphonic band keyboard work, and choral
objectives: At the completion of this course, the
student will be able to:
Perform for grade evaluation in studio,
jury, recital, or chapel setting.
Accompany both vocal and instrumental
Perform with instrumental and choral
Acquire the many skills necessary for
ensemble such as: development of
an acute ear, development of sight-reading skills, understanding of appropriate
balance and phrasing, and ability to perform with accuracy of notes and rhythm.
Utilize effective and efficient rehearsal
methods and techniques.
Understand how to accompany using
orchestral score reduction and SATB choral score reduction.
Understand ways in which accompanying
differs in various settings.
Perform as part of a team.
Stecher et al., eds. Keyboard
Strategies: A Piano Series for Group and Private Instruction Created for the
Older Beginner: Chapter VII: Source Materials for Accompanying, Score Reading,
and Transposing. New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 1986.
materials provided by professor for score reading and preparation.
student will be assigned to one or more instrumentalists or vocalists to
accompany for the semester and will also accompany one or more pieces with an
instrumental and/or choral ensemble, and will play for one chapel service.
will be made based on the level of difficulty of the repertoire and the ability
of the accompanist. Repertoire to
be studied during the course will be agreed upon by the student and the person
or group being accompanied in conjunction with the applied teacher or director
of the ensemble. The student is
expected to learn the piano/organ part as much on his/her own as possible.
the repertoire is being learned, the student will meet in a seminar setting to
look at various issues related to accompanying. After the first couple of weeks, the student will begin
having weekly lessons with Dr. Dennis to ensure that the repertoire has been
learned sufficiently. The student
will then begin practicing with the soloist or ensemble on his/her own. Then Dr. Dennis will meet with the
student and the soloist/ensemble that is being accompanied to ensure that the
accompaniment works well with the instrumental/vocal part(s). The student must be able to give a
polished performance with the soloist/group by the end of the semester as part
of a jury or end-of-term concert.
The student is expected to learn the
assigned material to the best of his/her ability.
The student is expected to show up for
all the required lessons with Dr. Dennis and the soloist’s teacher or ensemble
The student is expected to schedule
regular rehearsals with the soloist outside of lessons. The student is expected
to show up for rehearsals of assigned choral or instrumental ensembles.
The student is expected to perform the
assigned works at a high level by the end of the semester.
The student is expected to keep a
notebook related to the rehearsals that includes insight gained from the
rehearsal, problems, ways to remedy difficult situations.
are based upon:
Attendance at lessons with Dr. Dennis and
at the soloist’s lessons and at ensemble rehearsals – 25%
Preparation for lessons – 25%
Scheduling and attendance of regular
rehearsals outside of the lessons - 10%
Course notebook – 10%
Performance of the assigned repertoire
(in consultation with the studio instructor and/or ensemble director) – 30%
the consultation with the soloist’s applied teacher conflicts with Dr. Dennis’s
assessment of the work, then the final grade may be raised or lowered one
Plagiarism is passing off another’s work as your own. It is a form of cheating and
lying. The plagiarist learns nothing. Any act of plagiarism will result in
failure of the assignment and possible failure of the course.