A single etude problem will be assigned each week, and will take the place of exams this quarter. An etude is a short composition designed as an exercise to improve your technique and allow you to demonstrate your skill. Each week on Friday afternoon, we will assign a single etude problem, which you will turn in by 5pm (Pacific Time) on Thursdays the following week. We will not accept late etudes. Because of the specific format of grading for these, there will be no exceptions to this rule. You may then correct your solution and submit a corrected problem via Gradescope.

  • You will have 24 hours to regrade your etude problem. The corrections are due at 5pm on Fridays.

  • We will give 50% credit back for all corrections you make.

  • We will remove your lowest scoring etude from your final grade calculations.

  • You must complete the etude problems alone–you are not permitted to consult others. All online resources are permitted.

  • Please do not ask questions about the etudes on Piazza. We try hard to make them clear and are unlikely to answer questions about them via other avenues either.


  • Etude 1, due initially Thursday 1/21/21, due corrected Friday 1/22/21:
    Download etude here

  • Etude 2, due initially Thursday 1/28/21, due corrected Friday 1/29/21:

  • Etude 3, due initially Thursday 2/4/21, due corrected Friday 2/5/21:

  • Etude 4, due initially Thursday 2/11/21, due corrected Friday 2/12/21: