Piano at Westminster Choir College has multiple dimensions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It fosters the development of students who perform on a high level as soloists, as artistteachers and as collaborators with other performing artists. A strong foundation of technique and knowledge of piano literature and style are essential to all the foregoing. The department also provides instruction for undergraduate students who need keyboard skills in order to function effectively throughout their professional careers.
Download the Piano Department Handbook (2011-2012)
Graduate Piano Primary
Graduate piano primary students majoring in Sacred Music or Music Education receive private lessons and present a half recital. Annual juries are required.
Piano as an Elective
Students may elect private instruction in piano for credit. Thereare no audition requirements, but an extra fee is charged. The number of students accepted is limited, however, by the time available for teaching within the department.
Piano Pedagogy Lab
This is a required graduate Piano Pedagogy course for the purpose of problem–solving related to piano teaching. The class format includes open discussion of observation, supervised and independent teaching, questions relating to repertoire, materials, and technique, comparative philosophies and psychologies and their applications, group and private teaching, business issues (e.g. studio policies), use of technology, professional organizations and publications, recital and audition preparation, and parental education.
Piano Performance Class
This is a weekly recital and lecture hour during which programs are given by students, faculty members, and guest performers. Attendance and participation at weekly studio and performance classes is required for all undergraduate and graduate piano primary students. All Westminster students are invited to attend.