A piano performance or pedagogy degree at UCM gives you the comprehensive training you need to master the craft of musical storytelling. Individual study of piano repertoire combined with coursework in collaborative piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, music theory, and music history give you the technical and artistic foundations to take you as far as your dreams (and a lot of hard work!) will lead.
UCM alumni have established successful teaching studios and performing careers in the region and beyond, and have continued on to graduate studies 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.
Internationally established piano faculty Dr. Mia Hynes and Dr. Albert Kim are your dedicated teachers and mentors for your piano performance or pedagogy 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. Guest artists have included Nelita True, Thomas Schumacher, Alan Chow, and Natalya Antonova (Eastman School of Music); Alvin Chow (Oberlin College); Jennifer Hayghe (University of Colorado at Boulder); Marina Lomazov (University of South Carolina); and many other artist-teachers of international stature. We are here to take you from Warrensburg to the world!
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Students are enthusiastically invited to join us for the 33rd year of the University of Central Missouri Summer Piano Institute. This year our curriculum will introduce organ study in addition to our piano activities! We are honored to welcome Dr. William McCandless as a guest faculty artist for group class (beginners) and private instruction (students with previous experience). Students will have access to the organ in Hart Recital Hall all week for practice and exploration.
We will also be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with faculty recital performances and a focus on his work in our piano literature workshop.
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 SPOI 2020!
Students will enjoy daily private lessons and classes in keyboard 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! (Check this page again in late spring for the updated repertoire list.)
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 ensemble piece.
Summer Piano Institute is a fully residential pre-college experience. $500 fee includes tuition + five nights’ lodging in UCM’s air-conditioned residential halls; meals from Sunday through Friday; a camp T-shirt; and all recreational activities. Tuition for commuters (no overnight stays) is $330; meals may be purchased at an additional cost (contact Dr. Hynes for more information).
Application deadline is June 12, 2020. All fees will be refunded in full if the student withdraws before June 12. After that date, a $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.
Summer Piano Institute is for students who were in grades 7-12 during the 2019-20 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
William McCandless (Organ)
M.M. and Ph.D., Indiana University
B.M., Central Missouri State University
Jon Hynes (Piano)
M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Graduate Studies, Paris Conservatory
Rhoda Jeng (Piano)
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
M.M., Yale University
B.M., Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University
UCM Professor Emeritus William "Bill" McCandless has performed as a professional organist and collaborative pianist, and served for many years on the UCM faculty as professor of music theory, organ and piano. He also served for two and a half years as music department chair. Dr. McCandless served as organist and choir director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warrensburg for 38 years. He holds B.M. and M.A. degrees from UCM and earned a Ph.D. in music theory, with a minor in organ, at Indiana University.
UCM Piano offers you practical training in the rapidly changing fields of performance and teaching. Our small program size allows you to enjoy individualized mentoring with your piano teachers, who are here to guide you toward your career goals each step of the way.
Our students are pianists of the future: where social media, creative innovation, and technology form the new stage for sharing their voices with the world.
UCM Piano proudly maintains its long-standing commitment to world-class professional training for Missouri and neighboring state residents. 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 and beyond.
We are extremely proud to have been 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 have exclusive access to reserved practice rooms with Steinway grand pianos.
All events are free and open to the public. All events happen in Hart Recital Hall.
Sunday January 26, 6 P.M. Guest Artist Masterclass with Alan Chow (Eastman School of Music) and UCM piano performance majors. Join us for an evening of master teaching and insight from one of America's leading pedagogues and performers.
Monday March 2, 7 P.M. Guest Artist Recital, Dr. Carolyn True (Trinity University). Join us for a virtuoso evening as UCM Distinguished Music Alumna Carolyn True returns to Hart Hall stage for a recital of solo masterpieces.
Sunday March 8, 1 P.M. UCM Piano Area Showcase 2020! Program to be announced. Featuring solo performances by our piano majors and minors.
Saturday April 18, 1 P.M. Joint Non-Degree Recital, Kristine Reinagel (M.A. '20) and Leah Terrill (B.M. '19). Solo and duo music by Ravel, Debussy, Faure, Medtner, Shostakovich, Creston, Boulanger, Albeniz, and Ibert.
Saturday April 18, 5 P.M. Graduate Degree Recital, Caeley Campbell (M.A. '20). Sonatas of Schubert and Prokofiev.
Monday April 20, 7 P.M. Senior Degree Recital, Hana Oshima (B.M. '20). Solo works of Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, Stravinsky, J.S. Bach, Maurice Emmanuel, and Benjamin Britten.