Secondary Piano Placement Hearings
All undergraduate primary voice students are required to take secondary piano and must participate in these hearings. No specific preparation is required before coming to Westminster, but those wishing to do so may prepare one piece for presentation to the faculty. If students have studied in the past, they are encouraged to bring in piano pieces and/or vocal accompaniments already prepared.
At the hearing, students will be asked to describe their piano experience, and to demonstrate their level of facility at the piano. The hearing may include playing a piece, sight reading, or, if a student has no previous training, playing by ear or just answering some questions. The hearing will last no more than ten minutes. For all students, the hearing will be used to determine which piano class the student is to take during the academic year. Piano classes are grouped by ability and experience levels.
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Pianist James Goldsworthy has performed throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including broadcasts on Austrian National Television, the California cable television show "Grand Piano", Vermont Public Television, BBC Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio. While a Fulbright scholar in Vienna, he performed in one of the Musikverein 175th Anniversary Celebration concerts given in the Brahms Saal, and concertized in Vienna, Baden, and Spital am Semmering, Austria.