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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  • 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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