Junior Piano

Junior Piano Camp: June 16-22, 2019

Pianists will receive a daily individual lesson in a master
class format, classes in piano literature, keyboard harmony
and technique, and piano ensemble. In addition, students
will have elective classes from which to choose (see
descriptions under Junior or Senior camp headings). Piano
Camp will culminate with a concluding performance
celebrating each student’s accomplishments.

Do I have to submit an audition recording to participate in Piano Camp?

Students for Junior Piano Camp need only submit an application form and the tuition fee to sign up for camp. Senior camp students will need to submit an audition recording. Details will be forthcoming - check back in late January or early February.

If there is no audition recording required for Junior camp, how good should I be to make the most of my experience?

There is typically a variety of performance levels among students. For example, for Junior Camp, a student might want to be experienced enough to play music at least as difficult as Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook or from Schumann’s Album for the Young.

What do piano students do all day?

Students in the Piano Sessions divide their time each day between practice, masterclass-style lessons, chamber ensembles, and elective classes, as well as fun and relaxation during the lunch break and in the evenings. If you look at the sample daily schedule below, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what an average day is like.

Piano Camp Sample Daily Schedule Monday - Thursday 

(Friday & Saturday are slightly different because of concerts)

Time Event
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 Electives
9:15 - 12:00
Lesson/Individual piano practice
12:00 - 1:30
1:30 - 3:00
Lesson/Individual piano practice
3-3:30 Snack Break
3:30-4:20 Electives
4:30-5:30 General Session
5:30 - 9:30 Dinner and evening recreation
9:45 In rooms

How do the masterclass-style lessons work?

Students are divided into classes of 3-4 students which meet for one hour each day. The teacher gives a lesson for each student for 15-20 minutes of the lesson period while the other students in the class listen and participate in discussion. Everyone learns from listening to and commenting on the performances.

Who teaches the lessons?

The piano instructor is currently TBA.

Is it also possible to get private lessons during camp?

Yes, for a small additional fee, students can receive a private lesson which is usually scheduled during the lunch break. However, the lessons are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a limited number of lesson times available.

How much practice time will I have?

There are two hours scheduled for practice each day. You are welcome to practice during lunch and at other open times as well if you wish. Keep in mind that there may be times when other activities are scheduled for everyone in the evening and you may not be allowed to be in the music building without supervision.

What kind of pianos are available?

Nearly all of the pianos in the music facility are new Steinway or Mason and Hamlin grand pianos. There are also Steinway and Boston uprights. The piano in the Snider Recital Hall is a new Steinway concert grand.

What are the elective classes, and how do you sign up?

There are many different elective courses offered, and they vary somewhat from year to year, but some examples include conducting, music history, music theory, singing for instrumentalists, percussion for non-percussionists, jazz improvisation, jazz ensemble, music technology, and so on. During the first day of camp, students are given a list of elective class options and are asked to give their top three choices. Camp counselors then organize the classes and attempt to give students their top choice where possible.

What music should I have prepared to bring to camp?

You should be prepared with a variety of pieces at different stages of development. Usually, you should bring one or two pieces that are near performance level, one or two that are started, but not necessarily ready to perform in concert, and finally one or two pieces to start working on. This range of music should give you plenty to work on during your practice time.

Will I be performing?

Yes. The concert is Saturday afternoon (the last day of camp). You will perform the solo piece that you have worked on during camp and a piano duet (duets will be assigned the first day of camp)

What about other aspects of camp life? Evening activities? Dorm life?

Many other questions about the camp are answered on the camp FAQs page. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us by phone or email (see contact info on left side of page).