Piano Study

Private piano or other keyboard study may be pursued at Haverford-Bryn Mawr in a number of ways. Of course, anyone wishing to begin, resume or continue piano or other keyboard lessons during their college years on a purely independent basis is at liberty and is encouraged to do so. However, if you wish to study under the aegis of the Music Department, the following options are available.

1) Non-academic: You may consult with the Keyboard Studies Advisor for recommendations about beginning/resuming/continuing lessons which you plan to pursue on a non-academic, independent basis. This is useful particularly if, down the road, you wish to make the transition to doing private study for credit.

2) For course credit: You may integrate private study into your curricular program. First you should read the HC or BMC catalog course description (click on MUSCH210F01) to understand the rubrics for private study as an academic course. Next you should sign up for an audition with Prof. Cacioppo during the first week of the semester. The sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board opposite Rm. 221 in Union Building. You may contact the Music Department's administrative assistant, Amy Rouse, at 610 896 1012 or arouse@haverford.edu, for information on available audition times or to help sign you in. At the audition Prof. Cacioppo will determine your level and assign you a departmentally affiliated teacher. He will also review with you the requirements of the course. You should be prepared to demonstrate scales/arpeggios/technical studies, do some sight-reading, and play one or two pieces that you have learned previously. (This course does not admit raw beginners.) Under this program, the student assumes financial responsibility for compensating the teacher. Applications for partial support to help defray the cost of lessons are accepted each semester by the Music Department. Discuss your need for a private lesson subsidy with Prof. Cacioppo at the time of your audition.

3) Regular course, .5 credit: For beginners, Music 107 "Introductory Piano" is a curricular option. It is a half credit limited enrollment (lottery) course. It does not require an audition with the Keyboard Studies Advisor. Just sign up for it at registration time. If you are a new student, attend the first class meeting the first Tuesday of the semester, 7:50 pm in MacCrate Recital Hall, Union to be placed into the “B” lottery. (Christine Cacioppo, instructor: clcaciop@haverford.edu).

4) Regular course, full credit: When offered, Music 207 "Topics in Piano" is a curricular option for intermediate-advanced pianists. It is a full credit humanities course with an audition pre-requisite. (Prof. Curt Cacioppo: ccaciopp@haverford.edu). This course is offered in rotation with the following topics:

  • Bach, his sons and their contemporaries
  • Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
  • Beethoven
  • Schubert, Schumann and Brahms
  • Chopin
  • Diverse Repertoire
  • The Concerto
  • The Impressionists
  • American Roots
  • 20th Century Masters
  • Transatlantic Connections
  • The Italian Keyboard Tradition

Opportunities exist for students to work with visiting artists. Among these artists invited to give concerts/master classes for our students are Garrick Ohlsson, Claude Frank, Frederic Rzewski, Gilbert Kalish, Dalton Baldwin, Tatiana Nicolayeva, Enrica Cavallo, Charles Abramovic, Ignat Solzhenitsin, Richard Goode, Roberto Prosseda, Roger Muraro, Awadagin Pratt, Alessandra Ammara, Anne Marie McDermott, Diane Walsh, Noel Lee, Andrea Clearfield, Matthew Bengtson, Debra Lew Harder, Linda Laurent, George Walker, Kenneth Fearn, Marina Grin, Paul Orgel, Lisa Weiss, Marc Antonio Barone, William Appling, Althea Waites, Deborah Gilwood, Jennifer Tao, Jeanne Stark, Margaret Baxtresser, Mary Ann Brown, Robert Schick, Charles Gangemi, Linda de Pasquale, David Allen Wehr, Alyssa Leiser, and jazz pianists Marian McPartland, Cecil Taylor, Orrin Evans, Renee Rosnes, and Haverford alumnus Bert Seager. Other keyboard artists such as Colin Tilney and Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord) and Robert Gallagher, Jeffrey Brillhart, and Giuseppe Zanaboni (organ) have concertized here as well. Field trips to piano performances have allowed students to hear Shura Cherkassky, Andras Schiff, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Horatio Gutierrez, Alicia de Larrocha, and others, plus very unusual player piano performances by historic artists and composers such as Myra Hess, Josef Hoffman, Busoni, Stravinsky, Elgar and Granados. Colloquia by writers such as Rubinstein biographer Harvey Sachs further expand our piano awareness.

Prof. Curt Cacioppo, Supervisor for Keyboard Studies
Haverford College Dept. of Music
Union Bldg, Rm. 221

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