Piano majors at New England Music Camp participate in classes, ensembles and private lessons geared towards strengthening individual skills as well as those skills related to piano accompanying and chamber music. Unless a pianist is also studying a band or orchestral instrument while they’re at NEMC, part of the comprehensive program for pianists includes vocal participation in either the Chorale or the Chamber Choir. A brief audition is held on the first day of camp and placement in a choral performance group is assigned based on voice maturity, not age. Advanced piano majors may also be selected to perform in Symphony Orchestra or Concert Orchestra based on orchestration needs and teacher recommendation.
A sampling of classes offered specifically for pianists includes:
- Keyboard Skills Class: A class that presents basic technique skills, sight reading skills, and entrance level chamber ensemble skills.
- Piano Studio Class: A weekly class that provides in-class performance opportunities. Students will exchange ideas about piano practice and performance.
- Piano Literature: This class provides increased appreciation and knowledge of solo, chamber, and orchestral literature. Students will be exposed to a specific style of piano literature and will be assigned appropriate pieces or movements relevant to the discussed topic.
- Collaborative Piano I and II: Courses for advanced pianists where the piano serves in a collaborative role. This can include accompaniments, four-hand literature, and small ensembles.
- Chamber Music Small faculty coached ensembles are formed based on available instrumentation and playing level.