Intermediate Piano

| For students completing grades 7–11

Designed for advanced junior high and senior 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 student's ability and level of advancement. Sample Repertoire.

Program Costs:

Resident Tuition Fee: $750

Commuter Tuition Fee: $550

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Program Faculty Artists

Coordinator: Adrienne Wiley, Central Michigan University

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.

Eunjin Lee, DePaul University Community Music Program

Eunjin Lee received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Perfomance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  With a strong background in pedagogical studies, Dr. Lee has expanded her research interest to Dalcroze Education and the Suzuki method, studying and presenting at national and international workshops, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minnesota, the Yale Graduate Music Symposium and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association’s annual conference.  She earned the Dalcroze™ Certificate and is now pursuing Dalcroze™ License studying with Dr. Jeremy Dittus from Dalcroze School of the Rockies.  She also studied with internationally known Dalcroze master teachers including Eiko Ishizuka, Lisa Parker, Karin Greenhead, Dr. Louise Mathieu, Monica Dale, and Mary Dobrea-Grindahl.  She has been an active office member of the MTNA’s local chapter and serves as a national board member of the Dalcroze Society of America.  She taught graduate piano pedagogy courses as the coordinator of the U of I’s Piano Laboratory Program.  She also teaches applied piano and Dalcroze group classes to children and adults of all ages in universities and summer festivals, including Illinois Summer Youth Music and PhoenixPhest.

Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Lee has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall; at the Krannert Center in Champaign, Illinois; the Nice Conservatoire, France; and at major concerts halls in Korea including Kumho  Art Hall and Sejong Center.  Featured as a soloist with both the U of I Symphony and the New Music Ensemble, she also performs as a collaborative pianist with music faculty members at Illinois.

Dr. So Jung Kwak is currently the Coordinator and principal Instructor in the Piano Laboratory Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. She completed her DMA degree in piano performance and literature at the University of Illinois with Dr. Ian Hobson and MM degree in piano pedagogy. Her previous education includes a MM degree and Performer’s Certificate at Indiana University Bloomington with Professor Shigeo Neriki.

As a professional soloist, she has performed throughout the US and Asia. She has placed in various competitions including American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, International Music Competition Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso, and Christine Bane Kefferstan Classical Competition. In 2017, she made her Carnegie Hall debut.

She has also performed numerous vocal and chamber music recitals. While at Illinois, she worked as an Accompanying Assistant and was received the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Memorial Award in Vocal Coaching. In the summers since 2014, she has been further employed as a collaborative pianist in the Illinois Summer Youth Music program.

As an enthusiastic educator, she has been invited to present at the MTNA National Conference, MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, Illinois State Music Teachers Association Conference, and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Samuel Ginger, Millikin University, Decatur, IL

Dr. Samuel Gingher, from Greensboro, NC, holds a DMA in Piano Performance and Literature (2015), MM in Piano Pedagogy (2011) and MM in Piano Performance (2009) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BM in Piano Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill (2006).

Sam has been prize-winner in many piano competitions, including the Krannert Debut Artist Award, first prize in the Brevard Festival Solo Piano Competition, concerto competition winner at UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, among other awards.  Sam has performed in piano and chamber music festivals in the US, Austria and Switzerland, and has played in a variety of jazz and chamber music groups over the years in North Carolina and Illinois. 

Sam's research interests include classical piano improvisation pedagogy (with particular interest in Carl Czerny's contributions to the art of extemporization), and the discovery and performance of rare masterworks.  Sam is currently adjunct faculty at Millikin University, where he teaches the class piano curriculum, offers private instruction through the preparatory department, and ad hoc accompanying duties.  Sam's recent recording of all world-premiere chamber music by Carl Czerny can be heard on the Naxos label