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 Emphasis 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.
Founded in 2009 by Dr. Diana Belland, the Northern Kentucky Winter Pedagogy Conference has drawn local music teachers to the NKU campus to discuss important topics pertinent to music education. This conference has been co-sponsored by Northern Kentucky University Music Program, Northern Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the Ohio Music Teachers Association – Southwest District. Additional funding for this conference has been received through grants from the Music Teachers National Association through the NKMTA and OhioMTA-SW. Featured presenters included Dr. Michelle Conda, University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Dr. Irina Voro, University of Kentucky, Gail Berensen, Ohio University and Dr. Lian Tan, Miami University of Ohio, as well as other local nationally recognized music teachers.