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Piano at SCE

Aimee Tsuchiya, Chair
Piano Faculty

Certificate Programs

A Certificate of Merit and a Professional Studies Certificate are available in classical piano.

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, Aimee Tsuchiya. Please contact us at 617-585-1701 or ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu for more info and a placement interview.

Thursday Evening Piano 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.  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 Emeritus 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.

Spring 2018
 Workshop 1: Williams Hall 2/1 Recital 1: Keller Room 2/8
 Workshop 2: Burnes Hall on 3/1 Recital 2: Keller Room on 3/8
 Workshop 3: Room JH124 on 4/5 Recital 3: JH124 on 4/12

Important Dates

For a complete list of important dates such as our add drop period and select recital dates please refer to our Academic Calendar.

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!

Classes & Seminars

The Piano Masterclass Series

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Aimee Tsuchiya, Instructor
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
1 credit:
$725 per semester
Non-credit: $575 per semester

The Piano Masterclass Series offers pianists the chance to perform polished works for a class of their peers, led by a guest faculty pianist from NEC Continuing Ed as well as outside guest faculty. Twice each month, the masterclass will showcase different adult pianists of all levels, and the interactive feedback of a leading artist-instructor. Performers will receive in-depth instruction and advice at a high level of musicianship to further refine and inform their performances. Audience class members can draw ideas of interpretation and execution for their own edification on a broad range of works and from a diverse artistic community. Audience participation in the form of Q&A is encouraged! To broaden our understanding and perspective even further, guest lecturers from other departments (theory, composition, history, etc) will present on performance-related topics. 

Guest presenters this semester will include: Constantine Finehouse, Eli Epstein, Jonathan Bass, Lilit Karapetian, Max Levinson and Michael Bukhman.

Please contact: Aimee.Tsuchiya@necmusic.edu before registering. Students must be registered before attending

Class Dates Spring 2018:

Class 1: 1/31
Class 2: 2/14
Class 3: 2/28
Class 4: 3/14
Class 5: 3/28
Class 6: 4/11
Class 7: 4/25
Recital: 5/23

Keyboard Skills

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Fredericka King, Instructor
7 sessions, Wed 6:00-8:00 pm
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
STARTING 1/24

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

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Ya-Fei Chuang, Instructor
BY AUDITION ONLY FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS
Fall 2017 Audition: 9/6 in The Keller Room at 6pm

Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm

OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS

1 credit including 2 hours coaching: $745 per semester
Non-credit including 2 hours of coaching: $595 per semester
Auditors: $300 per semester
Auditors Drop In: $40 pay at the door per session

PIPS Spring 2018 Schedule

Class 12/7The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Class 22/21The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Class 33/7The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Class 43/21The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Class 54/4The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Class 64/18The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Class 75/2The Keller Room6:30-9:00pm
Recital5/16Williams Hall7:30-10:00pm

This 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 9/6 from 6:00-8:00pm 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.

SCE registered pianists are welcome to audit the course free of charge.

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

Piano Pedagogy

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A. Ramón Rivera, Instructor
Tuesdays 12:30–2:30 pm
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY

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. Please contact ramon.rivera@necmusic.eduto schedule a placement interview.


Duo Playing: Instrumental

Aimee Tsuchiya, Instructor
Mon 7:00-8:30pm, 10 sessions starting 9/18
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

NOT OFFERED THIS SEMESTER
Open to all instrumentalists: This 10-week semesterly course offers the opportunity for musicians to work closely together in learning and performing some of the great works of duo literature for piano and another instrument. Participants will be paired appropriately, and works of various styles and periods will be studied and performed in class as will the different genres of concerto and duo/sonata. We will discuss issues of style, transcription, balance, sightreading, transposition, and the finer elements of musical partnership. Students will be challenged to meld their individual musical viewpoints into singular artistic expressions and partnerships.

Please contact: Aimee.Tsuchiya@necmusic.edu before registering

 

Duo Playing: Vocal

Aimee Tsuchiya, Instructor
Mon 7:00-8:30pm, 10 sessions starting 1/23
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

NOT OFFERED THIS SEMESTER
Open to all vocalists (by audition): This 10-week semesterly course offers the opportunity for musicians to work closely together in learning and performing some of the great works of duo literature for piano and voice. Participants will be paired appropriately by the instructor, and works of various styles and periods will be studied and performed in class as will the different genres of aria and art song. We will discuss issues of style, transcription, balance, sightreading, transposition, and the finer elements of musical partnership. Students will be challenged to meld their individual musical viewpoints into singular artistic expressions and partnerships.

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