Piano

The Piano Department focuses on European Classical and Twentieth Century Music. The curriculum includes training for solos, two piano duos and chamber music.  Weekly classes are offered in theory, improvisation, performance, vocal accompaniment, and composition. 

Piano students are self-motivated, responsible and dedicated to advancing their artistry in a rigorous, pre-professional, musical environment. Students participate in jazz ensembles, inter-disciplinary collaborations, chamber music groups, and service learning projects.

The Piano Department is looking for students who demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of technique and sight-reading ability; have an understanding of period style and character of the work performed; sensitivity of touch and tonal beauty; and a passion for the music performed.

Audition Instructions

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE PIANO AUDITION?

  • a resume of your musical experience listing music classes, ensembles, private study, personal performances, chamber music ensemble experiences, and competitions
  • two copies (2) of the music you will perform

Students without these items will not be permitted to audition.

WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING THE PIANO AUDITION?

  • Play two (2) memorized pieces from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern)
  • Play scales and arpeggios as directed, in major and minor keys, up to 5 sharps or flats. These should be played hands together with correct fingering, four octaves up and down in parallel motion
  • Sight-read a piece, selected by the audition committee, at the level of a Bach minuet

Students will be evaluated on the Piano audition and enthusiasm for this field.  Evaluation criteria is based on California State Visual and Performing Arts standards.