Private Piano Lessons:
Private piano lessons (MUS 51) are available for piano majors only based on audition.
Applied Piano- MUS 51
This course provides one individual keyboard lesson per week with an instructor on the Applied Music faculty. Performances for a faculty jury will be required at the end of the semester. The course is designed for the music major whose performance ability is at a college level.
Piano Master Class Program
The Piano Performance and Ensemble course (MUS 59) is repeatable four times. A required course for piano majors.
Piano Performance and Ensemble- MUS 59
This course provides performance experience through a master class setting, culminating in a final performance on the Main Stage of the IVC Performing Arts Center. Students will perform both solo and piano ensemble repertoire, and be exposed to Baroque performance practices on the harpsichord as well as collaborative keyboard techniques through chamber music. The course focuses on the historical background and theoretical structure of works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. The course will all feature guest artists and master teachers from local music conservatories and universities.
Group Piano Courses
IVC offers group piano courses for every level. A combination of Piano I, II, III, and IV (MUS 54, 55, 56, and 57) may be taken a maximum of four times. Regular practice outside of class and concert attendance are required. Practice pianos are available on campus.
Piano I- MUS 54
This course provides group piano instruction for beginners. It emphasizes basic technical and interpretive skills. The course presents the foundations of keyboard musicianship, including standard music notation; pentascales; and tonic, dominant and subdominant harmonies.
Piano II- MUS 55
This course provides group piano instruction for second semester piano students. It introduces short classical repertoire, continues the development of technical and interpretive skills, and expands upon the foundations of keyboard musicianship
Piano III- MUS 56
This course provides group piano instruction at the intermediate level. Students focus on the performance of repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods, as well as popular compositions. The course stresses various aspects of piano technique, including major and minor scales; arpeggios in three octaves; keyboard harmonizations; and stylistic interpretation.
Piano IV- MUS 59
This course provides group instruction in piano at the advanced level. The course focuses on the historical background and theoretical structure of works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods; and on the analysis and criticism of each performance through teacher and group discussion. Preparation for performances includes research and listening in addition to much practice. Students strengthen and refine skills in style, interpretation, and technique, participating in both individual and group assignments.