About the Pianist Program

The Pianist Program augments the training of young musicians, whose goals include a performing or academic career. In addition to the instrumental music theory, history, and the music elective curriculum, the Pianist Program offers classes in solo performance training, piano skills and style topics, score and sight-reading, piano ensemble, and chamber music. World-renowned visiting artist teachers offer regular coaching to students in the Piano Masterclass. 

Student Experience

Students in the Pianist Program receive a comprehensive arts education that offers young musicians a college-preparatory curriculum with specialized training in piano. The piano faculty are artist-teachers of international stature, who continuously perform and present clinics in major musical centers around the globe. The program’s state of the art keyboards and concert instruments enable students to create music at the highest level and experience the concert atmosphere of top recital venues right on campus. Students receive ample performance experience on and off campus, both solo and collaborative. Additionally, students work with an inspiring caliber of guest artists, university faculty and industry leaders regularly in the Piano Masterclass.

  • “Enrolling at CSArts-SGV made me realize that my passion for music can become my career and my reality. Beyond the musical aspects, the teachers have equipped us with knowledge on how to make connections, practice more smartly, prepare for auditions, and be a true professional. Seeing real-life proof of my instructors who do what they love and make a career out of it has encouraged me to major in piano performance in college.”
    Doris Chen – Class of 2019
  • “I love being immersed in a community of like-minded musicians, and I've been given so many incredible and unique opportunities to collaborate and perform with my peers. All of our teachers are passionate about music, and they provide a supportive yet rigorous environment that constantly pushes me to grow as a pianist.”
    Hanako Duffie – Class of 2019

Preparing Students for the Future

The entire curriculum of the Pianist Program is modeled after a college curriculum, and as such, students undergo vigorous preparation for college admission and auditions. The repertoire being studied reflects the requirements of National Association of Schools of Music. By the time the Pianist Program students graduate, they will have acquired all the skills necessary for success at a university or arts conservatory program. Weekly masterclasses are designed to hone performance skills, and the numerous performance opportunities students are given further equip them with the confidence to tackle any audition.