TROY – Music theory and fundamentals are among the skills that participants will learn during Piano Week, June 20-24, at Troy University.
The camp, sponsored by TROY's John M. Long School of Music, is for ages 12 to 18 and features sessions for beginners, as well as those with junior- and senior-levels of experience. Sessions will consist of daily individual lessons in a master class format, classes in piano literature, keyboard harmony and technique and piano ensemble.
Participants will team up with partners to learn ensemble pieces that will be performed at the close of the camp. Students will also have the opportunity to study solo repertoire privately with members of the University's music faculty.
Beginner sessions will touch on piano fundamentals, as well as music theory. Keyboards will be provided for classroom use.
Junior sessions are open to all students currently enrolled in beginning piano. These students will participate in performing ensembles and will have daily sectional rehearsals, classes on special topics and the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles. An ensemble concert will be held on Friday, June 24.
Senior-level sessions are open to all piano students presently enrolled in intermediate to advanced level piano. Senior level students will have the opportunity to perform in chamber ensembles. Private lessons from University faculty will be available. Solo performances, by audition, will be held on June 24 during the ensemble concert.
Gwen Threadgill, lecturer in the John M. Long School of Music and a member of the faculty for the weeklong event, said participation in the camp is beneficial to students in a variety of ways.
"Giving students an opportunity locally and regionally to work on their artistic ability in music by providing an ensemble-performance experience with Troy University's renowned music piano faculty is a primary goal of Piano Week at Troy University," Threadgill said. "Developing camaraderie with old and new friends in the field of music allows students to feel confident in their performance abilities, and gives them the assurance that others care about piano as much as they do. Working together as a team to perform on pianos is a unique experience, which expands concentration and reading levels and allows a positive emotional outlet through playing."
The registration fee for the camp is $100, which includes all materials and a camp t-shirt.