Keyboard Studies


The Keyboard Studies department seeks to enhance the artistic and technical development of aspiring pianists through comprehensive mentorship, study and performance of solo pianists and collaborative artists. Courses offered by the department include guidance in solo performance, keyboard literature, piano pedagogy, piano four-hands and duo repertoire, collaborative performance with singers and other instrumentalists and harpsichord. The faculty is among the nation’s most prominent. These acclaimed and devoted teachers are internationally regarded as soloists, recitalists, adjudicators and teachers of master classes and workshops. Although there is no provision for a major in piano pedagogy, faculty specialists offer students interested in teaching careers ample opportunity for intensive study in that field.

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Upcoming events

  • Faculty Recital: Antoinette Perry, Michele Zukovsky, James Walker & Ben Hong

    Pianist Antoinette Perry will be joined by faculty members Michele Zukovsky, clarinet, James Walker, flute, and Ben Hong, cello, in a wide-ranging chamber music recital. The program will include Beethoven's Bagatelles, Op. 119 for piano; Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28; Jon Kimura Parker's Pan Dreams for flute and piano; and Brahms' Clarinet Trio, Op. 114.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Yo-Yo Ma & LACO Play Haydn and Brahms

    USC Thornton and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra present a collaborative performance featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Pianist, Keyboard Studies faculty member, and conductor Jeffrey Kahane leads the acclaimed ensemble in a performance of Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99, and Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major with Yo-Yo Ma. Also on the program, Kahane is joined by fellow USC Thornton faculty and LACO musicians, violinist Margaret Batjer and cellist Andrew Shulman, in Haydn’s Trio No. 39 in G major, “Gypsy.”

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    Daniel Pollack returns from an ambitious performance and teaching tour

    September 19, 2016

    Pianist and Keyboard Studies faculty member Daniel Pollack has returned to USC Thornton following a busy spring sabbatical and international recital tour, performing in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Pollack presented opening concerts at the Alion Baltic Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Halle,… read more

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