A live performance audition is required for acceptance into the piano individual instruction program at Pasadena City College.
The Pasadena City College Piano Department is at the forefront of piano education in Southern California. It has a longstanding tradition of excellence, including an impressive and comprehensive curriculum for both music majors and non-music majors. Pasadena City College's newly established Center for the Arts offers state-of-the art facilities including the Westerbeck Recital Hall, brand new Yamaha electro-piano lab and acoustic piano classrooms, 56 pianos, including 11 new Steinway grand pianos, and both Hamburg and New York Steinway Concert D performing instruments. The piano faculty members include leading performers and pedagogues who work diligently toward student success.
The Pasadena City College Piano Department offers several tracks of study. The Keyboard Skills track is designed for music majors to help them with musicianship, music theory, and the knowledge and skills to enable them to pass piano proficiency exams at four-year transfer institutions. The Class Piano track is a five-semester course series designed to develop fundamental piano skills for non-music majors. Additionally, piano performance major students have the opportunities to study privately with leading music professionals. The Pasadena City College Piano Department is also proud to offer Piano Ensembles and Accompanying programs that are designed to provide extensive performance experience for its participating pianists. Students in the Piano Ensembles program have also been recognized as prize-winners in both local and international competitions. Piano students have transferred to highly acclaimed institutions of music including the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music.
Another highlight of the Pasadena City College Piano Department is its Artist-in-Residence programs, offering students opportunities to hear performances by and participate in master classes with internationally recognized artists and teachers. The Piano Department has hosted master classes including master teachers such as James Bonn from the University of Southern California, Ruth Tomfohrde from the University of Houston, and extended residencies with Ann Schein from the Peabody Conservatory and Jerome Lowenthal from the Juilliard School. In March 2016, the Pasadena City College Piano Department is excited to welcome Boris Slutsky, Chair of the Peabody Conservatory Piano Department, as its Artist-in-Residence.
We encourage you to apply for the Pasadena City College Piano Program. We also welcome visits from prospective students, sponsors, and members of the media. Tours of the Pasadena City College Center for the Arts building are available by appointment Monday through Friday. Please contact us to schedule a tour.
Dr. Jocelyn Chang
Office: Center for the Arts - CA202B
Phone: (626) 585-7370
Pasadena City College
School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts