A performance degree at UCM gives you the intensive training you need to perfect the craft of musical storytelling. Individualized study of piano repertoire complemented with coursework in collaborative piano, piano literature, pedagogy, music theory and music history give you a solid technical and intellectual foundation to take you as far as your dreams (and a lot of very hard work!) lead you. UCM alumni have established successful teaching studios and performing careers, and continued their studies at graduate performance programs at the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of Colorado-Boulder, Michigan State University, Louisiana State University, and Bowling Green State University among others. We are proud of our longstanding focus and commitment to native Missourians and neighboring state residents. UCM is Missouri's first All-Steinway School, with our most recent acquisition of concert instruments completed in 2017.
Internationally established piano faculty Dr. Mia Hynes and Dr. Albert Kim are your dedicated teachers and mentors for your performance degree at UCM. In addition, you will study with UCM’s cutting edge music faculty and world-renowned guest artists in solo and chamber music. Our guest artists have included Nelita True, Thomas Schumacher and Natalya Antonova (Eastman School of Music); Alan Chow (Northwestern University); Alvin Chow (Oberlin College); Jennifer Hayghe (University of Colorado at Boulder); and Marina Lomazov (University of South Carolina). We are here to take you from Warrensburg to the World.
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Join us for the 32nd year of the University of Central Missouri Summer Piano Institute. This year our theme is MOVEMENT! Throughout our workshops and lessons we’ll be examining how movement impacts music composition, the audience/listener’s experience, piano technique, and wellness for musicians. Our class on Baroque dancing returns to the piano literature curriculum (be prepared to stay out of your seat!) and we have a special workshop on yoga for pianists. Whether you are just beginning your musical education or are a serious student headed for a college music major, there’s a place for you at UCM Summer PI!
Students will enjoy daily private lessons and classes in piano literature, music theory and performance skills. Theory class is divided into two sections. One is for students on a college (music) preparatory track and touches on topics that may be covered in college assessment tests and/or the first semester of college music theory. The second section is for students who are at a more rudimentary level of skill development. We also will have our ever-popular Monster Piano Ensemble Reading Event. Visit (link coming soon) for repertoire lists for the Monster event. This summer our special workshop topic will be “Yoga for Pianists.” The foundation of professional piano technique is good body mechanics. Our students will be introduced to basic concepts of body awareness, posture and core strength. This will complement students’ studies regardless of their level of piano ability. No prior experience with yoga is required. Ample practice time has been scheduled for each day of the camp on our beautiful Steinway pianos. Counselors will be available during practice hours to answer questions and help with practice techniques. Outside of class and practice time, recreational activities will take place at a Warrensburg park. Friends and family are invited to attend the Friday Finale camp recital in Hart Recital Hall. All students will perform and have the option of doing a solo or being in a duo or trio.
Summer Piano Institute is a fully residential pre-college experience. A fee of $500 includes tuition + five nights’ room and board in UCM’s residential and dining halls, a camp T-shirt, and all recreational activities. Tuition for commuters (non-overnight) is $330; meals may be purchased at an additional cost (contact Dr. Hynes for more information). Application deadline is June 10, 2019. All fees will be refunded in full if the student withdraws before June 10. After that date, a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.
Summer Piano Institute is for students who were in grades 7-12 during the 2018-19 academic year, and have had at least three years of private piano instruction. Graduated seniors about to enter college are welcome to attend!
Mia Hynes, Director and Professor of Piano, UCM
D.M.A, Eastman School of Music
B.M. and M.M., Indiana University
Albert Kim, Assistant Professor of Piano, UCM
M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
A.B. Harvard University
M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Graduate Studies: Paris Conservatory
D.M.A. Eastman School of Music
M.M. Yale University
B.M. Peabody Institute
(Johns Hopkins University)
The Music Department offers six options within the B.M. program of which Piano Performance is one. Students will consult with their academic advisor to determine the unique course requirements for this option. Students must also complete all General Education and Major Core requirements.
UCM Piano offers you practical training in the rapidly changing fields of performance and teaching. Our small program size allows you to have individual mentorships with piano faculty who are here to align your musical studies with your career goals. Our students are pianists of the future: where social media, innovation, and technology form the new stage for sharing their voices with the world.
UCM Piano proudly maintains its commitment to world-class professional training for Missouri residents and residents from neighboring states. From your piano faculty (both internationally active performing artists) to guest workshops by visiting faculty from Eastman, Northwestern, Indiana University and other top tier music schools, you will encounter a world of musical ideas—right here at home.
Your musical career begins at UCM. Our students have been recognized at national competitions and accepted to prestigious graduate programs across the U.S. UCM Piano alumni are pursuing active careers as private teachers, solo performers, collaborative artists, ensemble pianists, audio engineers, and K-12 educators throughout the region.
We are extremely proud to be an All-Steinway School since 2006. Starting with our purchase of 48 brand new Steinway and Steinway-designed Boston pianos, we took delivery of 13 more in 2016, including our newest 9-foot Steinway concert grand. On our concert stages and in our teaching studios, practice rooms, and classrooms, you will be playing on the finest collection of instruments anywhere in the region. As a piano major you will have exclusive access to reserved practice rooms with Steinway grand pianos.