The Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Performance offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree which is focused upon historical and contemporary classical keyboard music, which may include studies of the music of Jazz. As in the case of every major, Keyboard Performance has a strong Biblical, academic, and theoretical foundation. Performance degrees represent the highest standards of professional studies, including the history, theory, pedagogy and practice of many genres of music.
Why Study Keyboard Performance at Nyack College?
- Students who study Keyboard Performance will have access to some of the finest venues and artists in the world, including some who are on our faculty.
- Students will enjoy a valuable academic program which will give them versatility and opportunity in their future graduate program or career choices.
- Students will be nurtured in a Christian atmosphere in which they will find encouragement on their way to fulfillment.
- Students will have an opportunity to explore and perform many types of music and to study with top scholars within the context of a State-accredited private institution.
- Students will make lifelong friends and important interconnections in the world of music in general and piano music in particular.
“Nyack College School of Music has been a place where I was always supported. I learned to work hard, be true to myself musically, and most importantly, communicate with my audience. I was very fortunate to work with astounding professors who helped to encourage me and challenge me to be the best musician I could be. The opportunities that Nyack has afforded me include performing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie hall, and various tours. In all these performances I was able to commit to a spirit of excellence and also glorify God in the music. I wouldn’t trade the experience of Nyack College School of Music for anything.”
G.C.Class of 2015
“Choosing the ‘right’ college can be tough and stressful. Fortunately, my decision to come to Nyack College School of Music, NYC, was by far the best one possible as the Lord guided me through the whole process. Despite the newness of everything, I enjoyed each and every moment from the very beginning. The extremely propitious environment, the highly competent faculty, the meticulously prepared facility, the care of the directors, and the effectiveness of the musical program are all framed to provide the student with a high-end education. The education is seriously demanding but the learning process becomes easy in such an enjoyable and friendly environment. The relations between students and professors are always positive and optimistic. The Christian environment provides a sense of brotherhood which promotes healthy and solid learning. Moreover, the School of Music provides the students with a number of real-world activities where they have a chance to apply the theory and knowledge acquired in school, obtaining hands-on experiences while still in college. Ultimately, one cannot afford to miss such a unique and blessed opportunity as studying at Nyack School of Music.”
G.L.Class of 2014
“Studying music on the Hillside as a Piano Performance major remains a great memory of my education and one that I truly treasure. Nyack’s proximity to NYC afforded opportunities to attend enriching performances in opera, symphony, ballet, and musical theater. Nyack’s loving professors, the coursework, and the Christ-centered learning environment enabled a great desire in me to learn and grow and ultimately succeed as a well-rounded musician.”
A.R.Class of 2005
What Will I Study as a Keyboard Performance Major?
As a Keyboard Performance Major, you will study the communication skills and the keyboard skills which will enable you to have a long and fruitful career in your chosen field. Together with your Nyack Core Curriculum, you will also study the history, methods, and practice of keyboard performance, including:
- Literature and Materials of Music (an integrated Music History, Theory Mathematics, Science, and cultural sequence)
- Jazz/Gospel Harmony
- Private lessons in Piano, Organ, or Harpsichord
- Pedagogy (how to teach)
- Music Technology
- Accompanying and Collaborative Piano
- Chamber Music
Additionally, you will perform with elite music ensembles and you will be required to do a Junior Recital of approximately one-half hour in length and a Senior Recital of approximately one hour in length.
Students graduating with a BM Degree in Keyboard Performance may be employed as solo or studio recording artists, church music ministers, graduate students in Performance, private teachers, or studio accompanists. The Degree enables them to go on to graduate school.
A number of our graduates have gone on to higher education in reputed graduate institutions and conservatories. Several of our graduates have a worldwide touring career. Some are music ministers at respected local churches; some teach in State and private colleges. Our graduates have shown the value of a versatile and creative Music program and continue to make us proud.
- Recording Artist
- Collaborative Artist
- Music Teacher/Professor
- Private Studio Teacher
- Freelance Performer