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.

Keyboard Studies faculty are 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 with Antoinette Perry

    Keyboard Studies faculty member Antoinette Perry performs a solo piano recital featuring music from Debussy, Messiaen, Copland and Schumann. The evening features three Debussy preludes, two pieces from Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus, Copland's Piano Variations, and Schumann's Fantasy in C major. PROGRAM: Debussy – Three Preludes "La puerta del Vino" "La fille aux cheveux de lin" "General Lavine---eccentric" Messiaen – Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus XIII. Noël XI. Première communion de la Vierge Copland – Piano Variations Schumann – Fantasy in C major

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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    Jeffrey Kahane

    Jeffrey Kahane earns glowing review

    June 21, 2019

    Jeffrey Kahane, a USC Thornton professor of Keyboard Studies, earned a glowing review from the Shepherd Express for his guest conducting performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, during with he also played a piano concerto. “Kahane moved seamlessly in his two roles,” said the article. “The music came forth with… read more

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