For students completing grades 5 – 9
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.
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
Resident Tuition Fee: $750
Commuter Tuition Fee: $550
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Program Faculty Artists
Adrienne Wiley, Central Michigan University
Adrienne Wiley is currently Professor of Music at Central Michigan University where she teaches and administers the piano pedagogy program at the bachelors and masters degree levels, and teaches applied and class piano. Because of Dr. Wiley's dual focus on performance and pedagogy, she has been active in both areas. She maintains an active career as a soloist on both piano and organ. In addition, she has presented workshops throughout the mid-west region on such topics as piano music for one hand, motivational music, and intermediate piano literature, to name a few. At the national level, she has been invited and presented sessions for the National Piano Teachers Institute, and for the Music Teachers National Association Conferences. Dr. Wiley is certified through the Music Teachers National Association at the state and national levels. She served MTNA as the National Senior Performance Competitions Coordinator for four years, and Chair of the Local Association of the Year Committee and other positions on and for MTNA. She has served the state of Michigan in many capacities, most recently stepping down as Past President of MMTA. She has also served on several select the Historical Research Committee for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Wiley has authored articles that have appeared in Keyboard Companion and Clavier magazines, and a featured article that will appear in the American Music Teacher Magazine with respect to women composers and piano works for one hand. She has also reviewed books, 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. Her summers include teaching at the Illinois Summer Youth Piano Camp and at Interlochen Arts Academy’s Summer Piano Camps. After school hours, 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. Her interest and love of one-handed piano music has resulted in her first CD of teaching and concert-level works for one hand. Dr. Wiley’s second instrument, most recently and still “in the works,” is the organ. She is a student of Dr. Steven Egler, Professor of Organ at Central Michigan University.