Advanced Piano Program
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The Advanced Preparatory Piano Program is an exclusive program for piano students who are ready for more intensive and immersive studies which prepare them for a career in the music world.
The program is rigorous in the admission selection as well as in nurturing of talents. It offers a comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop technical and artistic abilities at the highest level. As such, students’ commitment will be essential for their standing in the program.
Lessons will be offered to elementary through high school students from September through May. Students are expected to participate in extracurricular activities, some of which are required, such as playing for studio classes and recitals, attending concerts and masterclasses with some of the most eminent pianists of the present music panorama, and taking lessons from Frost School of Music Faculty of the Department of Keyboard Performance.
The Advanced Preparatory Piano Program is a result of years of observations, studies, and consultations at some of the most authoritative schools in Europe and the United States.
The program follows a ten-year-long syllabus, based on the ancient tradition of the conservatory. The level of difficulty of the repertoire constantly increases every year with an ample list of exercises, etudes, and works from different periods.
At the end of each year, students will play for a jury in order to ensure their continuation in the program.
Eligibility and Requirements
Although there is no minimum age requirement, the program only accepts applicants who display a high level of pianistic abilities.
The audition process will be comprised of two phases: a pre-screening video recording and a live audition.
Upon acceptance into the program, students will be placed into a specific level depending on their proficiency. However, students are allowed to skip one or more years by preparing for juries the repertoire required for a specific level.
Lessons and Extra-Activities
One private piano lesson is offered weekly to each enrolled student. Each lesson is one hour long. The program includes required classes on theory, ear training, and analysis. A placement exam will take place the same date of the live audition.
- Attend at least two piano recitals (or chamber with piano) from Frost Music Live! Series.
- Attend all Advanced Preparatory Piano Program studio classes.
- Attend one Piano Forum of the Frost School of Music
- Perform for the final recitals.
Selected students are also required to take part in masterclasses and public performances, such as concerts, piano competitions, etc. Also, they will receive up to four lessons from the Frost School of Music Piano Faculty, according to the student’s standing in the program and teacher’s availability.