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#939557 - 09/09/07 01:38 AM University
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Im planning on going off to a university here in California. Im planning on eventually becomming a college piano instructor.
What are some good California colleges to major in music to become a piano instructor?


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#939558 - 09/09/07 03:05 AM Re: University
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Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Probably the best west of the Appalachians.
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#939559 - 09/09/07 04:33 AM Re: University
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USC is great, but very expernsive unless you get a music scholarship. They do have the biggest names in terms of the faculty (Pollack, Krieger, Perry).

Surprisingly, a few recent piano winners at the state level have come out of Cal State University Long Beach. They got two younger piano professors there (Chou and Richey) who are quite enterprising.
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#939560 - 09/09/07 04:47 AM Re: University
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What are some good public universities? I would of never thought long beach! huh thats is surprising indeed!( this is also wannasteinway...i have 2 accounts)

#939561 - 09/09/07 04:58 AM Re: University
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This is just my observations--

I think the CSULB professors are younger (late 30's or early 40's), and thus they are more eager to prove themselves as good teachers by having students who are competition winners. I've heard both state winners perform. They are absolutely amazing.

But if your goal is to teach piano at the college level, go to USC.
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#939562 - 09/09/07 02:02 PM Re: University
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If you wish to teach piano at the college level, you will need at least a master's degree. It is so competitive out there that every little bit will help! However, if you're thinking about teaching privately, I would make one recommendation: don't rule out the smaller schools. A big university like USC may be a nice name, but it is also very competitive, and you may not get the individual attention you may get at a smaller school. Everyone is differnet, and some peopel thrive on that competitiveness. I don't really care either way, and so I went to schools with smaller music departments, but I got to know the faculty really well, and they cared about me as a person. This was very important to me. I was able to gear programs in both my undergrad and grad programs for what I wanted to get out of them, rather than having to do everything "by the book." My students and parents are impressed by the fact that I have a master's, but honestly, they wouldn't really are if I didn't have it. Just a couple of things to consider \:\)
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#939563 - 09/09/07 06:34 PM Re: University
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If you're going to teach piano at the
college level, the most important thing
is a doctoral degree, just about any
kind of doctoral degree: D.M.A.,
D.F.A., PhD., D. Ed., etc.
A bachelor's or master's
degree won't get you anywhere, a master's
from Juilliard would be next to worthless for
these purposes. And since everything
depends on that doctorate, it matters little
where you get your bachelor's or master's
degrees from.

#939564 - 09/09/07 08:35 PM Re: University
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As California public universities go, I highly recommend California State University Northridge. They have an excellent Music department, with a wonderful Piano program. The highly regarded piano instructor there is Professor Francoise Regnat.

If you want to teach at a college, you really should have a doctoral-level degree of some kind (these days everyone seems to prefer a DMA) as your terminal degree to be competitive.
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When the last of my friends turned away,
And she sang like the first storm heaven gave.
Or as if flowers were having their say.

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#939565 - 09/09/07 08:36 PM Re: University
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Smaller colleges will accept piano faculty with a master's degree if there is equivalent performance experience/ability. But Gyro's right, you're better off going for the doctorate *and* the performance experiences.
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