Students who study piano or organ as a primary instrument may select from a wide variety of programs of study which lead to degrees in performance, piano pedagogy, music education, or music technology. These programs provide a framework in which serious students develop advanced musicianship skills as they strive to achieve the highest levels of excellence. Students who pursue keyboard studies at Central are prizewinners at national competitions, go on to top-level graduate school programs with assistantships, pursue careers as performing musicians - either as soloists, collaborative artists, or as members of an ensemble, and can be found in k-12 classrooms throughout the state and across the region.
Programs of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels are anchored by an intense regimen of private lessons, performance classes, ensemble opportunities and a broad academic foundation in the liberal arts and music. Students have regular opportunities to perform on and off campus, in competition, and for visiting guest artists. Recent master classes have been given by artist-teachers from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Indiana University School of Music. Students have also benefited from interaction with artists from the Kansas City Symphony, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble.
One of the most critical elements in a performer's training are the instructors with whom they study. The keyboard faculty at Central, Dr. Mia Hynes and Dr. Tian Tian, maintain active profiles as soloists, chamber musicians, and clinicians. Whether a student elects to pursue studies in solo or collaborative arts, you will find a faculty who are committed to developing a well rounded musician - one who possesses the intellectual and technical skills to explore a musical vision, and an approach to learning which will allow students to pursue study of music in an independent manner with confidence.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit, have a sample lesson with faculty, and discuss their goals to ascertain whether or not Central will be the right match for them.
Scholarships and Service Awards are available for accompanying, performing, and for keyboard music majors who meet admissions audition and special scholarship requirements. Pre-college students are invited to participate in the annual Summer Piano Institute.
For additional information regarding keyboard studies please contact:
Dr. Mia Hynes
Keyboard area - coordinator