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Daily Activities

Your days will be filled with different types of opportunities to improve your piano skills. You'll also have downtime to relax, make new friends, and get to experience the Ithaca area.

Course of Study

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You will engage in a variety of activities during the Piano Institute, designed to meet your individual interests and performance level. To maximize the benefit of participation, you should come to the Institute with at least two finished pieces memorized. You should also have other pieces in progress to work on while attending the Institute.

You can expect the following to be available to you during your course of study in the Institute:

Private Lessons
You will receive at least two individual lessons, 45 minutes in duration, taught by an Ithaca College School of Music faculty member.

Theory Course
You will study music theory according to your level. Music theory concepts are linked to the repertoire from the Institute recitals and a show we typically attend at the local Hangar Theatre.

Workshops
Institute faculty members conduct workshops on topics such as effective practice, building technique, memorization, collaborative piano, and performance anxiety. In addition, you will have your playing videotaped and then analyzed by faculty members.

Master Classes
Distinguished members of the faculty conduct two public master classes. The participants are determined by audition.

Performance Activities
You will participate in at least one recital, which is coordinated by faculty. You can perform in piano ensemble or chamber music recitals. Faculty members may also offer recitals to showcase their own talents for you and other participants to experience!

Daily Schedule

When you're not involved with piano activities, there are carefully planned recreational and social activities—and time just to relax. In addition, the College offers a variety of recreational facilities, including an outdoor pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, a track, and gyms.

The 2022 daily schedule will be posted soon. 

Ready to Apply?

We strongly encourage early application, prior to April 15 (although we will continue to accept applications until May 15).