What's New

More for pianists

  • Without extra charge, all participants in Continuing Education studio lessons receive access to a series of six evening workshop/recital events during the 2015-2016 academic year. Scroll down to Thursday Evening Workshops!
  • In addition, pianists registered for Continuing Education private studio lessons may audit Ya-Fei Chuang's Piano Interpretation and Performance Seminar (Wednesdays 6:30-9:00 pm) without charge. Scroll down to Classes and Seminars!

Piano Faculty

Samuel Adams, department chair
Complete List of Classical Piano Faculty

Certificate Programs

A Certificate of Merit and a Professional Studies Certificate are available in classical piano. Jazz certificates are also available. Check out our Certificates page for more information.

Private Lessons

Students wishing to broaden their musical training whether general or expert can do so through private instruction. Private lessons are offered by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Lessons range from 30, 45, or 60 minutes.  Lessons are open to everyone and you can enroll at anytime. Private lesson placement is made by the department chair, Samuel Adams. Please contact us at 617-585-1701 or ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu for more info and a placement interview.


Thursday Evening Workshops and Recitals

Six paired Thursday Evening Workshops and Recitals for registered SCE pianists are offered from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Jordan Hall building.  Workshops are usually held JH124 and most recitals are given in the Keller Room.  Teachers submit students' repertoire prior to each workshop.  Pianists perform either with score or from memory in an informal setting, and SCE Piano Dept. Chair Sam Adams and the other performers offer supportive suggestions.  The recitals are performed usually the following Thursday, with a printed program for an audience of invited friends and family.

Fall 2015
Workshop 1: Room JH124 on 10/1Recital 1: Keller Room on 10/8
Workshop 2: Room JH124 on 11/5Recital 2: Keller Room on 11/12
Workshop 3: Room JH124 on 12/3Recital 3: Pierce Hall on 12/10
Spring 2016
 Workshop 1: Room JH124 on 2/4 Recital 1: Keller Room on 2/11
 Workshop 2: Room JH124 on 3/3 Recital 2: Keller Room on 3/10
 Workshop 3: Room JH124 on 4/7 Recital 3: Keller Room on 4/14



Chamber Music

Piano and Strings

Chamber music for pianists is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Check out our Chamber Music page for details!


Piano Duo


Open by audition to pianists who wish to learn through collaboration, these coached duos study fourhand or duo-piano repertoire. Students are paired by ability. Auditions will be held in September. Please contact us at continuingeducation@necmusic.edu to set up an appointment.

Classes & Seminars


Keyboard Skills


Fredericka King, Instructor
7 sessions, Wed 6:00-8:00 pm
1 credit: $675
Non-credit: $450

Are you interested in learning the piano or returning to your piano playing? For beginners, this class provides a welcoming and easy introduction to the keyboard. You will learn note-reading and rhythm skills and will develop technique to play repertoire at your skill level. No prior keyboard experience is required. If you have had experience playing piano, or have participated in a previous session, through personalized instruction this class can help you boost your technique and progress to a more advanced level of repertoire. The class set-up can accommodate varying beginning skill levels and can be customized for returning and continuing students. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Continuing Education at 617-585-1701.


Piano Interpretation & Performance Seminar


Ya-Fei Chuang, Instructor
Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Spring Dates:
1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4

1 credit including 2 hours coaching: $695 per semester
Non-credit including 2 hours of coaching: $560 per semester
Auditors: $280 per semester
Auditors Drop In: $40 pay at the door per session

Ya-Fei ChuangThis class, designed for intermediate to advanced level performers, will address technical, stylistic and conceptual issues in order to deepen participants' musical understanding and provide an artistic context to their repertoire. Practice techniques, performance preparation and learning to "own the stage" will also be addressed.

The seminar will be conducted in the format of a masterclass. All active participants will be coached by Ya-Fei Chuang and at least once a semester by one of two distinguished guest artists. Past guests include world-renowned music scholar Christoph Wolff from Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Yehudi Wyner, and concert pianists/piano professors such as Jonathan Bass, Bruce Brubaker, David Deveau, Robert Levin, Max Levinson, Michael Lewin, Victor Rosenbaum, Sergey Schepkin.

The seminar will culminate in a public concert by all active participants, at the end of each semester in NEC's Williams Hall.

An audition is required only for active participants: please email continuingeducation@necmusic.edu to schedule an audition. Auditions will be on September 16 from 6:30-8:00pm and will be in 15-minute blocks. Audition repertoire should consist of at least two contrasting styles of the candidate’s choice, with score or by memory. Performers registered for the previous year may re-audition or use the spring concert as their audition.

Credit: Performers who register for credit are required to submit a five to seven page paper that discusses an unusual or controversial aspect of a work which they will perform during the semester. The paper should reflect both outside reading and original ideas of the student. Deadline for papers will be determined by Ms. Chuang upon discussion.

The final grade will be calculated as follows:
Performance: 70%
Paper: 20%
Participation and Attendance: 10%


Piano Pedagogy


A. Ramón Rivera, Instructor
Tuesdays 12:30–2:30 pm
2 credits: $1250
Non-credit: $850

Note: This course follows the NEC college calendar.


This course examines methods, concept series, teaching materials, and literature from elementary through upper intermediate levels; views comparative educational philosophies and psychologies as related to piano teaching; features guest lecturers in special areas of concentration; and introduces Dalcroze Eurhythmics and group piano teaching. Course includes lectures, discussion, performance, reading and research assignments. This is a spring semester NEC College course that is available to Continuing Education students. All participants receive conference time with the instructor and all printed materials and observe Preparatory School Saturday Piano Seminars, workshops, and evaluations. Students registered for credit also receive 6 or more hours of mentoring with members of the Preparatory School Piano Faculty.

Prerequisite: A placement interview with the instructor is required prior to enrolling in this class. Placement interviews will be held on January 11th from 12-1pm. Please contact us at ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu to schedule a placement interview.