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Private Piano Lessons
Students may choose a 30-, 45-, or 60-minute weekly private lesson. In addition to the weekly lesson, students are encouraged to take a music class in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Musicianship or Theory, Composition, Improvisation, or Chamber Music for the more advanced student. These classes help to develop listening skills, rhythmic and tonal dictation, theoretical knowledge, and structural and compositional techniques. One music class may be taken each semester at no additional cost. All classes are taught on Saturdays on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Private lessons are taught on Saturdays on campus, although some teachers may teach throughout the week on campus. An interview with Professor Hanna W. Li is required for admittance into the Piano Program. Call the Music Preparatory Office to schedule an appointment 412.268.3667.
Beginning Piano Program for Children
Beginning Piano for Children is designed to provide beginning students (ages 5-7) with comprehensive instruction, a natural approach to the keyboard, fluency in reading and a precise attention to musical detail. Students have a 45-minute group lesson, a 30-minute private lesson and a 45-minute Dalcroze Eurhythmics class each week. The group class concentrates on note reading, counting, rhythm, fingering, hand position, ear training, sight reading, solo performance, and duet playing. The private lesson is devoted to individual coaching and development.
Beginning Piano for Children is a 4-5 consecutive semester commitment, depending upon the semester of entry. Class size is limited and an interview with Professor Hanna W. Li is required. Interviews are scheduled on the third or fourth Monday of each month. Call the Music Preparatory Office to schedule an appointment 412.268.3667.
Spring 2016 class full! Now accepting applications for Fall 2016
Private String Instruction:
Students sign up for a weekly private lesson. Lesson duration is based upon student's level of experience. Private lessons are taught on Saturdays or weekdays.
In addition to a weekly lesson, students are encouraged to take music classes offered at the Carnegie Mellon campus on Saturdays: Group Classes for violin, viola, or cello, Eurhythmics, Musicianship, Theory, Composition, or Chamber Music. These classes help to develop ensemble playing, listening skills, rhythmic and tonal dictation, theoretical knowledge and structural and compositional techniques.
Group classes are fundamental to developing student’s proficiency at ensemble playing and note reading, rhythm, counting, and sight reading. We highly recommended elementary level students enroll in the weekly class. Group classes are based upon student enrollment.
Young Artists Orchestra: This chamber orchestra is comprised of intermediate/advanced string students ages approximately 9-14 years old. This ensemble meets weekly from September to May on Saturdays from 1:00-2:30pm in Margaret Morrison 119. The conductor is Mr. Steve Erhlich, Orchestra Director of the East Allegheny Schools. There is a final performance at the conclusion of each semester as part of a showcase event featuring several of our performing groups and based on a unique theme.
Eligibility: Students should have prior group or ensemble experience if possible. Students should have competency with note reading, shifting into higher positions, and vibrato. Entrance is based on audition.
$150 per semester (for CMU Prep students choosing this course as their one Elective Class)
$275 for Non-CMU Preparatory students or CMU Prep students choosing this course as a second Elective
Please note that depending upon your registration, these classes may or may not be included in the published tuition. Students enrolled in private lessons receive one class at no additional cost* (elective class or group class).
*Because of the longer class session, Young Artist Orchestra (YAO) includes a fee of $150 when used as a student's one elective class. If choosing YAO as a second elective, the full fee of the course is $275.
An interview with MaryBeth Schotting is required for admittance into the String Preparatory Program. Call the Music Preparatory Office to arrange an interview: 412.268.3667.