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Piano

Jonathan Bass, D.M., Chair

Programs

Piano Performance

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"One of the greatest characteristics of th epiano department and its faculty is the sincere caring and involvement of all the teachers in the department. Being at the Conservatory has truly made me feel encouragednot only by my private teachers, but by the students and other faculty members."—Andres Alejo (B.M. '16, Piano)

Your Training

The Piano Department’s curriculum includes traditional musical training—private lessons, chamber music, piano literature, music theory, music history, and ear training— plus myriad performance opportunities. Every aspect of your piano training at The Boston Conservatory centers on you and your professional readiness. 

Courses

  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Ear Training
  • Theory & Musicology Electives
  • Music History
  • Improvisation Workshop
  • Applied Lessons and Recitals
  • Ensemble: Choral, Chamber Music, Duo Sonata, Large Ensemble, Vocal Piano 
  • Keyboard Harmony and Techniques 
  • Pedagogy 
  • Piano Literature
  • Piano Performance Seminar
  • Piano Technique and Sight-Reading 
  • Liberal Arts Courses
  • Concert and Recital Attendance

Your Teachers

All six piano faculty are highly devoted, respected and successful teachers, in addition to being active public performers with distinguished reputations and vast experience. In addition, The Boston Conservatory Piano Masters Series presents a varied and international roster of great pianists in recitals here at the Conservatory. All of the visiting pianists present master classes, affording you the opportunity to play for and learn from master teachers. 

Piano Faculty

Your Department

Average number of undergraduate piano students: 22

Average number of graduate piano students: 18

Your Performance Opportunities

The focus of the piano program is on performance. Opportunities include studio classes, master classes, the weekly Piano Performance Seminar, Music Division concerts, the Piano Honors Competition and Concert, the school-wide Concerto Competition, degree-recitals and non-degree recitals, chamber music recitals, and a host of accompanying and collaborative experiences. There are also two annual scholarship competitions, the Churchill Scholarship Competition and the Lee Scholarship Competition. 

On Campus

  • Chamber Music
  • Churchill Scholarship Competition
  • Concerto Competition
  • Lee Scholarship Competition for Undergrads
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists and faculty members
  • Orchestral keyboard
  • Piano Honors Competition and Winners Concert
  • Piano Performance Seminar
  • Solo and studio recitals
  • Solo performances with The Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
  • Student and faculty composer collaborations
  • Studio classes

Off Campus

  • Community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local music ensembles
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office

Your Future

You will be surrounded by dedicated and gifted pianists from all parts of the globe. Your education here will give you the tools you need for a fulfilling professional life in music. Our students and graduates have won numerous international competition prizes and are performing and teaching successfully throughout the world. 

Competitions

  • Angelica Morales National Piano Competition (Mexico)
  • Artists International Competition (New York)
  • Chopin and Mongolia in the 21st Century International Competition
  • Franz Liszt Competition (Weimar)
  • Honens International Piano Competition (Canada)
  • Horowitz Competition (Ukraine)
  • International Franz Liszt Competition (Utrecht)
  • Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona)
  • Paderewski International Piano Competition (Poland)
  • Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition (Spain)
  • Piano Teachers' National Association (PTNA) (Japan)
  • Steinway Society Piano Competition of Massachusetts
  • UNISA Piano Competition (South Africa)
  • Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  • Venezuelan National Competition
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