2012 / 2013 Calendar
Fall Session: September 4 - December 2
Winter Session: December 3 - March 10
Spring Session: March 11 - June 10
The Piano Department prepares students to become independent learners through the development of a comprehensive piano technique that serves the interpretation of contrasting repertoire.
Students enroll in private lessons that follow the Conservatory piano curriculum, which is divided into preparatory, elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. All students are expected to participate in repertoire classes and recitals. In general, the Conservatory recommends students begin piano instruction at age seven.
Individual lessons are available in 30, 45 or 60 minute lengths, depending on student need and teacher recommendation.
Towards the conclusion of each school year, all non-adult students enrolled in private instrumental study participate in a juried performance evaluation. This jury offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their progress over the past year, and to receive feedback from a faculty panel. Departmental juries take place over the course of one week, and are scheduled in lieu of a lesson.
Students participating in a repertoire class are coached in practice strategies as well as the interpretation and performance of a piece of music the student is currently studying. In the class students play for, and learn from, a piano faculty member other than their individual instructor. With a class size of 4 to 6 students, participants benefit from observing the instructor work with other students and from playing for their peers. This class is designed to strengthen performance and listening skills.
During the year, the Piano Department holds master classes with internationally-known educators and performers. Students must audition to perform in these classes.
Throughout the school year, the Conservatory regularly hosts student recitals. Students are recommended for these performances by their individual instructors. All non-adult students are expected to perform during the school year.
Students seeking a more rigorous course of study may enroll in the Conservatory Performance Track. These students are required to perform at least three times during the school year, and are subject to a more rigorous year-end jury, including sight-playing and self-taught repertoire.
Annual tuition for individual lessons:
30 minute lessons $1,440
45 minute lessons $2,160
60 minute lessons $2,700
Master teacher fees vary
Repertoire Class $10
Piano Studio Class $10