Exploring Piano Literature - The Piano Sonata, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Throughout this Exploring Piano Literature - The Piano Sonata, Specialization course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Michigan you'll discover the Piano Sonata. Identify, analyze, and relate the parts: inhabit the composer’s workshop and understand how masterworks are buil.

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The Exploring Piano Literature - The Piano Sonata , Specialization course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Michigan, learners will analyze important passages and components of the piano sonata repertoire, while gaining a solid knowledge of the sonata’s inner workings and a better sense of historical developments in the genre. Across the series, learners will dive into compositions by Scarlatti, CPE Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Medtner, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and others.These courses were filmed at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, among other locations, to showcase the depth of the sonata repertoire and the instruments that contributed to its history.

Applied Learning Project

This course series provides a spectrum of opportunities for novice and seasoned piano literature enthusiasts. More advanced learners will perform a guided analysis of piano sonata movements, identifying the key component parts, and observing the kinds of motivic connections that unify the work and grant it a stature beyond the simple following of a recipe. Learners will participate in discussion forums to contribute their personal experiences and tastes to debate larger questions of style, history, and instrumentation in these celebrated works.

What You Will Learn:

  • Identify specific historical time periods in which the popularity of sonatas increases or decreases and the reasons behind these trends. 
  • Recognize the most influential pieces in the sonata repertoire.
  • Identify sonata form

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Piano Sonata: Origins to Mozart
  • The Piano Sonata: Beethoven and the Romantics
  • The Piano Sonata: Russian and 20th-21st Century Composers

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate level

  • Serious pianists and musicians earning degrees should have this level of competence. Inquisitive hobbyists will want to converse in this detail.

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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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