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

  • USC Thornton Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op.35 and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante featuring USC Thornton faculty members Margaret Batjer, violin, and Yura Lee, viola. Program Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Soloists: Margaret Batjer, violin. Yura Lee, viola Scheherazade, Op.35 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • USC Thornton Symphony

    Celebrated pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, former music director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for 20 years before joining the faculty, leads the USC Thornton Symphony from the piano in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, and returns to the podium for Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and Barber's Symphony No. 1.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    Alan Smith to premiere song cycle at NYC songSLAM Festival

    January 15, 2020

    Pianist Alan Smith, chair of Keyboard Studies and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at USC Thornton, will be premiering a new song cycle on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the final event of the songSLAM Festival in New York City, organized by the art song consortium Sparks and Wiry Cries. The… read more

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