Piano/Keyboard Workshop

Boston
Ages 15+
Fully immerse yourself in piano, keyboard, and Hammond organ performance. Develop your skills in improvisation, performance, chord theory ensemble playing, and synthesizer technology through this dynamic workshop. You’ll be exposed to a variety of styles, including jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop, funk, Latin, and fusion.
Dates
June 12-June 16
Arrival Date / Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
Coming Soon
Tuition
$1,295
Housing
$895
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by May 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. If you will be age 15 or older by the start of your program and require on-campus accommodations, complete the Residence Hall Contract in the Next Steps tab of your registration portal .

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.

Curriculum

At the workshop, you will participate in several core classes throughout the week. 

  • Performance workshop: Learn style-specific chord voicings, rhythmic studies, technique, and chart reading, among other topics. 
  • Ensembles: This will be an instructor-guided forum for students to play with an ensemble. 

Students will also attend additional electives throughout the week. Electives for 2022 are not yet available, but the following list of electives offered in 2019 will give you a sense of what to expect:

  • Contemporary Styles Workshop

  • Contemporary Keyboard History

  • Synthesizer Performance and Technology

  • Jazz Improvisation Master Class

  • Hammond Master Class

  • New Age Music Improvisation

Schedule

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program. 

Time Event
8 AM–8:50 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM–10:50 AM Electives
11 AM–12:50 PM Electives
1 PM–1:50 PM Lunch
2 PM–3:50 PM Performance Workshop or Ensemble
5 PM–6:50 PM Dinner
7 PM–8:45 PM Jam Sessions

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

Students have the ability to participate in open jam sessions each evening. There will be multiple jam sessions happening simultaneously, focusing on different styles. 

The program will culminate on Friday with students performing the repertoire they have been rehearsing in their ensembles.

Requirements

All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend. Basic knowledge of triads, seventh chords, and note identification in treble and bass clefs is required. The curriculum is geared toward low- and intermediate-level to advanced-level performance.

Program-Specific Details

Course Placement 

Upon arrival, participants are required to perform a placement audition. Be prepared to play a short piece of music no more than two minutes long. Your audition piece will help the audition team measure your ability in the style you wish to study for the week. You do not need to read music or have knowledge of music theory, but if you do, you will be asked to demonstrate your skills in this area.

Once You've Enrolled

Once you're enrolled visit our Next Steps for Enrolled Students to make sure you have everything you need for your program.

Check your email for important information

  • You should continue to check the email that you used to enroll in the program for important information.
  • You will receive a detailed check-in email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, housing assignment, and a link to view your program schedule one to two weeks prior to the start date of your program.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.

What to pack 

  • All necessary musical equipment will be provided throughout the program.
  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.