» BM in Performance - Piano

Arsen Jamkotchian plays the Shigeru Kawai piano while Dr. Grace Fong looks onThe piano studies area at Chapman University is directed by Dr. Grace Fong.  The piano performance program at Chapman is widely known for the high achievement of our piano majors in local, state, national and international piano competitions, and for the high percentage of graduates in piano performance who pursue graduate degrees at leading music schools in the United States. Our talented and experienced keyboard faculty offer intensive individual instruction (1:5 piano faculty to student ratio), as well as weekly master classes for piano majors.  Our students have the opportunity to take innovative classes in the conservatory such as Music Technology, Business of Music Seminar, Healthy Approaches Seminar, Film Music, among others. Among the master pianists who have appeared at Chapman are Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Abbey Simon, Vadym Kholodenko, Alexander Toradze, Eduardo Delgado. The annual Musco Distinguished Piano Series presents world renowned pianists in concert and in master classes in the Musco Center for the Arts, our 1044-seat world-class auditorium.

The Hall-Musco Conservatory is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and as an undergraduate-only piano program, our pianists have priority for a myriad of performance and study opportunities, including participation in international festivals (Italy, Costa Rica, London). The bountiful performance opportunities for pianists at Chapman include solo recitals, guest artist master classes, chamber music recitals, Piano Showcase Recital, Music Around Noon, the New Music Ensemble, annual Instrumental & Vocal Competition, among many others.

+ - Program Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Musicianship
The student will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, knowledge of different musical styles and historical eras, a demonstration of basic piano skills, the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble, proficiency with basic music technology and an understanding and demonstration of basic improvisation techniques.

PLO2: Performance
The student will acquire performance skills as a soloist on his or her main instrument, including knowledge in technique, historically appropriate performance styles and repertoire and sight reading.

PLO3: Leadership
The student will observe and experience leadership roles and professional opportunities, in order to prepare for a career as a performer.

PLO4: Pedagogy
The student will employ pedagogical techniques and skills relevant to his or her instrument family.

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Contact Us

Dr. Grace Fong
Director of Piano Studies
(714) 997-6895
fong@chapman.edu