Welcome to the Keyboard Department web page. It is a pleasure to share with you the many opportunities we offer to pianists seeking music degrees.
Pianists majoring in music pursue keyboard study within the context of one of the following degrees: BM in Performance, BME, and BA in Music. The BM degree offers the most intense concentration in musical studies, including an hour of weekly private instruction throughout the four-year program. The BME degree offers the same format for the first three years of the program. The BA program offers 30 minutes of weekly private instruction over the four-year program. Candidates for all degrees receive additional instruction in weekly repertoire classes where students perform for their peers. Though the actual amount of performance training varies according to the degree objective, the piano faculty seeks to develop each student’s full potential for artistic expression.
The School of Music offers many opportunities for performance. Venues include weekly repertoire/performance classes, departmental recitals (featuring performers from every piano studio), convocations highlighting soloists and ensembles from across the School of Music, concerto performances with the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra, extensive chamber music opportunities, and solo recitals.
The main recital hall, Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall, houses two Steinway concert grands of superb quality. The School of Music provides practice rooms to piano majors, each of which is equipped with a Steinway grand piano.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or would like additional information.
Dr. R. Kent Cook
Head of the Keyboard Department