» Piano Collaborative Arts

The Piano Collaborative Arts program is directed by Dr. Louise Thomas. This program is widely known for the high achievement of our piano majors in local, state, national and international piano competitions, and for the high percentage of graduates in piano performance who pursue graduate degrees at leading music schools in the United States. Our talented and experienced piano faculty offer intensive individual instruction, as well as weekly master classes for piano majors. Among the master teachers who have appeared at Chapman are Abbey Simon, Nelita True, Grant Johannesen, Daniel Pollack, John Perry, Frank Wiens, Alan Smith, Grant Gershon, James Barbagallo and Sergei Babayan.

Piano majors are required to complete classes in piano literature, piano pedagogy, piano accompaniment, and chamber music, among others.

Students majoring in Collaborative Piano are required to take an additional semester of foreign language as well as courses in Diction for Singers and Song Literature. A senior collaborative piano recital and a half solo piano recital will be given. In addition, our outstanding accompanying faculty offer training in both vocal and instrumental accompaniment and a recital is presented at the end of each semester.

The numerous performance opportunities for pianists at Chapman include solo recitals, chamber recitals, the New Music Ensemble, annual concerto competition, accompanying recitals and solo concerto performances with The Chapman Orchestra.

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Program Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Musicianship
The student will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, knowledge of different musical styles and historical eras, a demonstration of basic piano skills, the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble, proficiency with basic music technology and an understanding and demonstration of basic improvisation techniques.

PLO2: Performance
The student will acquire performance skills as a soloist on his or her main instrument, including knowledge in technique, historically appropriate performance styles and repertoire and sight reading.

PLO3: Leadership
The student will observe and experience leadership roles and professional opportunities, in order to prepare for a career as a performer.

PLO4: Pedagogy
The student will employ pedagogical techniques and skills relevant to his or her instrument family.

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Dr. Louise Thomas
Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts
(714) 744-7066