Piano

The piano program at Longy offers a thorough and multifaceted curriculum with private studio instruction at its core. Our commitment to individual attention from faculty mentors, ensemble playing, and small class sizes creates a uniquely collaborative conservatory.

Programs Available

Program Highlights

Studio Lessons: Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding technical and musical insight. Selected pianists also have the opportunity for occasional lessons with Peter Serkin, our Distinguished Artist in Residence.

Master Classes and Seminars: Through workshops, master classes, discussions, and presentation, frequent seminars offer insight regarding interpretation, repertoire, analysis, and performance practice. Recent guests have included Irma Vallecillo, Andreas Klein, Nelita True, and Anne Koscielny. Through a special partnership with Celebrity Series of Boston, emerging artists in its Debut Series present exclusive workshops and master classes with Longy students throughout the year.

Chamber Music: Georges Longy's belief in the power of collaboration inspires the central role of chamber music in our conservatory. You will work closely with faculty coaches every semester and will explore ensemble playing through coursework, informal readings, and community outreach.

Pedagogy: We believe that teaching should be a form of heightened, enlivened communication. Rather than focusing solely on acquiring pedagogical skills, we seek to draw out your latent expertise and help you communicate authentically. Students are placed in partnering schools and youth music organizations for a teaching practicum.

Accompanying: All piano majors engage in assigned accompanying to hone their collaborative skills with singers and instrumentalists. Some graduate pianists also have additional accompanying assistantships where they can further refine their abilities. Additional coursework explores the standard repertoire of instrumental and vocal literature.

Teaching Artist Program: Required of all students, this two-semester program includes active learning experiences, discussions, foundational readings, and interactive presentations. It culminates in student-designed and student-led musical projects in various community venues throughout the Greater Boston area.

Faculty

Brian Moll, chair

Peter Serkin, Distinguished Artist in Residence

Rieko Aizawa

Leslie Amper

Donald Berman

Wayman Chin

Hugh Hinton

Ludmilla Lifson

Robert Merfeld

Spencer Myer

Shai Wosner

Karen Zorn

A Day in the Life: Nicholas Brewer, Piano

Name: Nicholas Brewer
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Degree Program: Master of Music
Area of Study: Piano Performance
Expected Graduation: May, 2017

Ideal Career: As of now, I don’t have anything specific that comes to mind. I just know that whatever I do, I’d like to be collaborating with other musicians and artists on visual, musical, and artistic aspect of production. 

Why did you choose to attend Longy?
The people! The big difference from any other place that I had taken a look at was that Longy was immediately noticeable as having a more positive environment.

Read more about Nick's experience studying Piano at Longy.