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The Keyboard Area emphasizes a comprehensive curriculum of solo performance, pedagogy, accompanying, and chamber music within a broad array of degree programs. Our students receive thorough training and guidance from renowned faculty giving each student the attention they need. Students have many opportunities to perform not only as soloists, but also in chamber music ensembles coached by faculty as part of the curriculum. Master classes provide an opportunity for collective feedback on the progress of the ensembles and time for the assembled faculty and students to discuss specific topics of interest.

Piano Pedagogy

The Piano Pedagogy track is designed to help pianists and teachers develop skills in the art of teaching piano and in operating a financially successful independent teaching studio. Curriculum is structured to the study of teaching materials and approaches for students at all levels and in all age groups from preschool children to adults in retirement. Pedagogy classes are interactive and include teaching demonstrations by faculty and students, guest lectures and field trips to independently owned music schools for observation.

Annual Winter Conference

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 - 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference is in its fourteenth year and is sponsored by NKMTA, NKU School of the Arts and OhioMTA-Southwest. The conference will take place at Northern Kentucky University in Greaves Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Streaming and/or virtual options will be made available if attendance needs to be restricted due to COVID-19. All COVID protocols established by the NKU COVID Preparedness team will be enforced. Please contact Richard Van Dyke at to register for the event.

Featured speakers will include:

Man at piano

Dr. Richard Van Dyke

NKU Keyboard Area Coordinator will discuss "Piano Physic 101: The Science of Sound" plus a master class to intermediate/early advanced students immediately following supporting the preceding discussion.

Man at piano

Dr. Curtis Pavey

Recent DMA graduate from UC-CCM will present "An Introduction to Early Music and the Harpsichord." A synopsis of a guidebook to help pianists understand the Harpsichord.

Woman at harpsichord

Dr. Matilda Ertz

Piano Instructor at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville and Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Louisville, will explore the "Implications of Both Baroque Dance and Harpsichord Performance Practice on the Interpretation of Baroque Keyboard Works on the Piano."



Keyboard Area Highlights

  • Keyboard Area Recitals each semester featuring students enrolled in applied lessons
  • Chamber Music Ensembles that promote collaborative performances with fellow student vocalists and instrumentalists
  • Private study with actively performing faculty members trained at the finest conservatories in the United States
  • The Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference, which draws in internationally renowned performers and pedagogues as presenters annually
  • Networking with members from the Northern Kentucky and Ohio Southwest District Music Teachers Associations
  • Opportunities to attend concerts and master classes featuring internationally known pianists performing in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Xavier Piano Series.
  • Keyboard Faculty have been recognized as presenters at National, State and Local workshops, sessions and master classes including the Music Teachers National Association Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the MTNA Collegiate Symposium.



Students who choose this track work with faculty across multiple music disciplines. Here is a link to the faculty in music.

Richard Van Dyke
Richard Van Dyke, DMA
Lecturer, Piano
Keyboard Area Coordinator
(859) 572-5792