Get a jump start on college class piano!

Who takes class piano in college?
Vocal, instrumental, music education, and music therapy majors must attain piano proficiency by the 4th semester of college. Placement at the start of the freshman year determines how many levels of class piano are required. For many students, especially those with no piano background, class piano can be very challenging and time-consuming.

What kind of skills do I need to have for piano proficiency?
Being able to satisfy college class piano requirements entails more than just being able to play a piece. Required piano skills include:

  • Sightreading
  • Transposition
  • Harmonization
  • Improvisation
  • Score reading
  • Playing by ear

Periodically, the Music Clubhouse offers a free, one-hour seminar that introduces high school students to college class piano.

These seminars include the following:

  • Interactive sessions with playing demonstrations of required skills
  • Explanation of how students are placed in various levels
  • Advice on how to conduct efficient daily practice for class piano
  • Fun faculty (DMA, MM level) who have taught class piano at three different universities
  • Emphasis on success as a musician, not just class piano
  • Q & A session and treats!

Please contact Janet Hart, Music Clubhouse director, for information about attending a seminar.

Students interested in private piano to prepare for college are invited to stay after the session, but there is absolutely no obligation. Our faculty can tailor a short- or long-term plan of study to address your individual skill level in relation to class piano requirements. They will also research the class piano requirements of the school you plan to attend to enhance your preparation.