This course is made up of five one-on-one appointments between the student and instructor, either each day for a week or over a number of weeks. The instructor will spend 30–40 minutes of each meeting discussing one of the five major historical periods in the piano literature, including background about composers, compositions, and distinctive traits.
Following the one-on-one time with the instructor, the student will listen to 45 to 60 minutes of musical examples prepared by the instructor. While listening, the student will have access to a guide outlining the salient points. This format allows the student to go back and listen to things more than once if he or she chooses, and to ask questions of the instructor as they arise.
After each listening session, there will be a feedback time in which the student shares observations and asks questions. At the end of the week, the student will note his or her favorite pieces and the instructor will burn a CD for keeps. There will also be a “style test” that covers the periods that were studied during the course. All of this is done without “homework.” Because the student will take home a CD and materials that review all that was discussed, study can continue after the course. The course can also be an inspiration for choosing music to play in the future.