Music Clubhouse piano instructor Oliva performs on stage.The Artist Musician Program provides a rich environment for musical growth for high-achieving piano students. It is tailored to fit highly ambitious students who thrive on challenge and inspiration to reach their highest potential. Our ultimate goal is to fully engage these students with their love of piano playing.


Entry Requirements
To be considered for the Artist Musician Program, students must be studying early intermediate classical literature or beyond. Entrance is not based on age or grade. The student, parent(s) and teacher must all agree that the program is a wise and healthy choice for the student. The teacher, student, and parent sign a member agreement so that goals are clear.

Piano Literature and Technical Skills
The repertoire will emphasize classical literature. As part of their study, students will learn and play music from all eras of keyboard literature. Students will use listening and writing exercises to augment their literature development. The student will achieve technical proficiency by mastering a series of skills (scales, chords, arpeggios, etudes) as outlined in a separate document.

Practice Requirements
Students must be committed to a practice routine that enables significant progress in technical work and repertoire and is at least as long as the private lesson. Thus, a student who takes a 45-minute weekly lesson would be expected to practice no less than 45 minutes daily. Students have the option of Accelerated Study, taking two lessons a week.

Artist Musician Recital
Each year in the spring The Music Clubhouse will hold an Artist Musician Recital featuring only the AMP students. This event will be publicized in the community. Artist Musicians also play on the regular Music Clubhouse recitals so that all of our students can benefit from hearing advanced performances. Other performances open to AMP students are Lawrence Accredited Music Teacher Association recitals, special master classes, and other arranged community performances. Students will perform most often from memory.

Enhanced Performance Club
Each semester The Music Clubhouse suspends regular lessons one week for Performance Club where students play for and critique each other. AMP students will have their Performance Club extended by an hour. It will be conducted in a master class fashion. These sessions will include music history components so that students understand the context of the composers and compositions played..

Auditions and Competitions
Because of their enhanced study, we encourage AMP students to enter special auditions and competitions, such as the Kansas Music Teachers Association district and state auditions. More advanced students might enter concerto competitions offered by the Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA) and the Midwest Chamber Orchestra. AMP students are required to participate in KCMTA’s Music Progressions (performance critique and theory and listening tests). The instructor will announce these opportunities to students as appropriate. Most require an entry fee.

Concert Excursions
To inspire and teach students, The Music Clubhouse will organize concert excursions so that students see and hear some of the best pianists to visit the region. The intent is for students and teachers to have shared experiences that are both fun and stimulating, experiences that enhance the teaching/learning process and celebrate the joy of making music. Tickets for concerts are an additional cost.

Tuition is the same as regular private piano at The Music Clubhouse.

Group photo of Music Clubhouse facultyArtist Musician Program Faculty

  • Dan Bruggeman, D.M.A. in piano performance, University of Kansas and Fulbright Scholar to Hungary where he studied the music of Béla Bartόk.
  • Janet Hart, M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy, Westminster Choir College and The New School for Music Study.
  • Christy Miller, Ph.D. in musicology, University of Kansas.
  • Oliva Zimmermann, D.M.A  in piano performance, University of Kansas and Fulbright Scholar to Finland where she studied the music of Jean Sebelius.



Accelerated study is an option for 1) students in the Artist Musician Program who are pursuing advanced training in piano, or 2) any student who enjoys piano study and is not involved in a lot of other extra-curricular activities.

  • Two lessons per week
  • Lessons with the same or two different teachers*
  • 10% discount on overall cost
  • The two weekly lessons can be different lengths

*The Clubhouse offers the two-teacher option so that students are exposed to multiple points of view on their playing.