The core of PCC's Piano program is three-fold:
- Individual Instruction
- Piano Ensemble and Piano Accompanying
- Class Piano (Keyboard Skills and Beginning Through Intermediate Class Piano)
Individual piano instruction is available to students playing at the college level who successfully pass an audition. Lessons are intended for both students who are advanced piano performance majors and music majors who are using piano as their principal instrument.
In addition to their lessons, students meet weekly in a recital hours class with other applied students to perform for each other and to study the art and craft of performing.
The Piano program has hosted masterclasses 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 and Boris Slutsky from the Peabody Conservatory as well as Jerome Lowenthal from the Juilliard School.
PCC piano majors have come from throughout Southern California and several other countries including Armenia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Ecuador. Our students have won prizes at competitions like the University of the Pacific Piano Competition and the Performing Arts Foundation for Asian-Americans while at PCC.
The PCC Piano program have helped prepare the Piano Performance majors to successfully transfer to many of the top music programs in the country:
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Rochester Eastman School of Music
University of Texas, Austin
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Northridge
San Francisco Conservatory
New York University
McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
Piano Performance majors have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in performance and composition and have performed as soloists with orchestra like the Glendale Symphony and the Discovery Symphony, Tokyo.
Pasadena City College Music - Individual Instruction
PCC MUSC 008 Applied Music Course Information
PCC MUSC 009A Individual Instruction I Course Information
PCC MUSC 009B Individual Instruction II Course Information
PCC MUSC 009C Individual Instruction III Course Information
PCC MUSC 017 Advanced Performance Repertoire Course Information
PCC Individual Instruction Course Descriptions
PCC Individual Instruction Audition Form
PCC Individual Instruction Registration Form and Checklist
Spring Semester: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:00 am
Westerbeck Recital Hall, Center for the Arts at Pasadena City College
A live performance audition is required for acceptance into the piano individual instruction program of the Pasadena City College. Piano auditions take place in September and Feburary of each year. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible and should schedule an audition with the Pasadena City College Piano Program Students are notified by e-mail of their scheduled audition time.
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