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Keyboard Studies

CONSIDERING PIANO PERFORMANCE
AS A MAJOR OR MINOR AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL?

If you are interested in pursuing piano studies as a major or minor in college,
Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers a highly developed program where you may:

  • Refine pianistic skills and nurture personal musical talent through highly-tailored, individual weekly lessons
  • Develop musicianship and artistry with attention to aspects of musical performance, composition, and analysis
  • Hone pianistic skill and technique at increasingly higher levels of ability
  • Study a variety of historical styles in piano literature: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary
  • Participate in recitals, competitions, festivals, masterclasses, and auditions
  • Engage in on- and off- campus musical opportunities during each semester of study
  • Receive solid musical training that develops you comprehensively as pianist, accompanist, scholar, musician

If you have a solid background in pre-college piano training and are interested in pursuing piano performance, piano teaching, and/or accompanying as primary areas of collegiate study and profession, consider majoring or minoring in piano performance at Northwestern.  You will receive excellent training through personally-tailored studio piano instruction designed to develop your pianistic skill, knowledge, musicianship, and professional ability.


NOT CONSIDERING PIANO AS A MAJOR,

BUT INTERESTED IN LEARNING PIANO AS A BASIC SKILL?  

 

For students not majoring in piano performance, the Department of Fine Arts also offers class piano lessons (group lessons) for those desiring to develop their keyboard skills. These classes are designed for students with little or no background in keyboard playing, as well as for those with skills through the early-intermediate levels. Offered in a level-based sequence, the courses are designed for instruction in groups of six students per class and are taught in the Fine Arts piano lab with digitized keyboard-computer stations. Beginning-level students will familiarize themselves with the keyboard; learn to read notes, melodies, and chords; and play simple scales and pieces. Students in more advanced courses will study music that incorporates substantial knowledge of keys, harmonic progression, form, and variation techniques; they will explore further application of musical nuance, improvisation, and technique as appropriate to level of pianistic development. All courses foster the skill of sight-reading, music reading, and general technique and musicianship.  Note: Priority of class piano enrollment is given to music majors and minors who are not piano-specific majors. Any remaining accommodation may be made available to students of other majors, pending approval of the instructor.


 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Dr. Sarah Chan
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Keyboard Studies / Music Theory

email: sschan@nwosu.edu / tel: (580) 327-8690

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Department of Fine Arts, Rm. 315
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717


OTHER LINKS IN KEYBOARD STUDIES:

Dr. Sarah S. Chan, Assistant Professor of Music - Director of Keyboard Studies / Music Composition, Theory, and History; Instructor of Applied Piano and Class Piano

Mrs. Charla Parker, Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Class Piano

Mrs. Susan Duell, Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Class Piano, Choral Accompanist

Northwestern Piano Festival, Event for pre-college piano students (held annually in the spring)

Calendar of Performances and Activities