Junior Piano

July 9-15, 2017 | For students completing grades 5 – 9

Faculty

Designed for junior high pianists at intermediate levels of performance. Classes include private lessons, development of individual artistry, and elective classes including: ensemble music, accompanying and beginning jazz improvisation. Recitals, topic classes, and masterclasses complete the curriculum. Practice time is available in the same state-of-the-art facilities used by piano majors at the University.

Audition requirements

On the first day, students play two contrasting, memorized pieces and sight-read easier short excerpts. This helps determine placement in lessons and classes. Though the audition requirements are the same for all piano programs, repertoire is chosen based on the student¹s ability and level of advancement.

Here is what a typical day in the Junior Piano Program looks like:

  • 8:15- 8:20 am:  Meet with Instructor
  • 8:20-9:45 am: Individual practice/ lessons
  • 10:00- 10:45 am:  Piano Elective Classes
  • 11:00- 11:45am: Special Programs/Master Classes
  • Noon- 1:00: lunch
  • 1:00- 1:05 pm:  Meet with Instructor
  • 1:05-3:15 pm: Individual Practice/Lessons
  • 3:20-3:30: Meet briefly with Instructor
  • 3:45-4:45 pm: Electives
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30 pm- lights out

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Coordinator: Adrienne Wiley, Central Michigan University


Dr. Adrienne Wiley is currently Professor of Music at Central Michigan University where she teaches and administers the piano pedagogy program at the bachelors degree level, and teaches applied and class piano. Dr. Wiley received her bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, and her doctor of musical arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Wiley's dual focus on performance and pedagogy keeps her active in both areas: she maintains an active performance career as a soloist and collaborative pianist, and also has given workshops, presentations, and lectures throughout the state, mid-west, national, and international levels.

Dr. Wiley is certified through the Music Teachers National Association at the state and national levels. She has served MTNA (national level) in many capacities: most notably the Local Associations Awards Chair, the MTNA Senior Performance Competitions Chair, and other select committees. She has also served on the Historical Research Committee for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. She has been active in the Michigan Music Teachers Association as President, Past President, Vice President, Teacher Education Chair, Commissioned Composer Chair, the state MTNA Collegiate Brass/Woodwind/String/Chamber Competitions Chair, and now is serving as the 2016-2018 President, Collegiate Chapters Chair, and is on the Certification Committee for the state of Michigan, and as the East Central Division Certification Commissioner at the national level. Wiley received the nomination for Teacher of the Year for the MTNA national level (2013); received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Michigan Music Teachers Association (2013); and received the Touchstone Award (2014) through the Michigan Music Teachers Association and the Michigan Youth Arts Council.

In her spare time, Dr. Wiley has authored articles that have appeared in American Music Teacher Magazine, Keyboard Companion, Clavier magazines, and the Clavier-Companion. She has also reviewed the book, One-Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand for the Journal of the Music Library Association, and has been a frequently invited reviewer of piano music and books for the Music Teachers National Association’s American Music Teacher magazine.

Dr. Wiley’s specialty is one-handed piano music: she has written articles on the topic, delivered workshops at the state, mid-west, national and international levels. She was invited to present at the International Society of Music Education in Brazil, 2014, and at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers National Conference in Canada (2015). In addition, she has been invited to present again at the International Society of Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland (2016). Because of her interest in one-handed piano music, Wiley commissioned a left-handed piece by American composer Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee called “Adventurous Saga,” which was premiered in 2013.

Summer finds Dr. Wiley teaching at the Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Piano Camp and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Program’s piano camps, where she has been a faculty member for the past twelve summers. In her spare time, you will find her teaching her private students, practicing both the piano and the organ, researching and writing, and performing her specialty: single-handed piano music.

Natalie Landowski, Instructor

Natalie LandowskiOriginally from southern California, Natalie Landowski received her B.M. in Piano Performance (with minors in General Education and Art History) from the University of California, Irvine. There she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Lorna Griffitt, graduated with honors and was a recipient of the Marjorie Rawlins and Medici Circle scholarships. 

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy, where she studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Reid Alexander, and piano with Dr. William Heiles. At Illinois, she had the privilege of being a graduate teaching assistant, teaching group and private piano. She was awarded the Graduate Teaching Certificate from the UIUC Center of Teaching Excellence, and was cited on the institution’s list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, for both fall and spring semesters, academic year 2011-12. During her time at Illinois, Natalie was an active private teacher as well. She served as an instructor for the UIUC Piano Laboratory program, and was President of the MTNA Collegiate Student Chapter for the 2011-2012 year. Since 2011, Natalie has served on the piano faculty and staff of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Festival. In 2013, she joined the full-time piano faculty of West Music (Coralville, IA) in the Nancy Cree Keyboard Program, where she presently teaches. Natalie's students have competed, placed and won at the IMTA district and state auditions. 

Natalie has performed in master classes by notable artists such as Gary Graffman, Menahem Pressler, and Kenneth Drake, and presented both chamber and solo performances for the Upper Bay Philharmonic Society, Irvine City Hall (CA) as well as other venues. She has attended several music festivals in Europe and the U.S., and placed as a finalist in the Schlern Piano Competition (Vols am Schlern, summer 2008). Natalie is currently pursuing the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where she studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alan Huckleberry.