Keyboard studies encompasses areas of study related to the organ and piano. Focused study, along with exposure to a range of music literature, superb facilities, private instruction, and many performance opportunities provide students with an enriching educational experience.
Our faculty is comprised of outstanding teacher-performers who are devoted primarily to undergraduate education. These highly skilled musicians maintain rigorous performance schedules yet provide individual instruction and spend generous amounts of time with their students via lessons, coaching, mentoring, and more.View Faculty
The Division of Keyboard Studies offers the major in organ and piano.
The organ curriculum is enhanced by the offerings of other departments in Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to intensive private instruction and courses specifically related to their instrument, organ majors take courses applicable to church music such as choral conducting, music history, and music theory. Organ faculty are prominent teachers, musicians, and composers, who teach a wide range of literature through private lessons, studio classes, and repertoire courses. Organ faculty teach courses in keyboard skills, organ improvisation, organ literature, history, and design.
Many conservatory students elect the Double Degree Program, which leads to both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees that can be completed in as few as five years. Many organ majors find employment in area churches while pursuing their studies. Participation in ensembles is required of all conservatory students each semester. A variety of choices exist, including vocal and instrumental ensembles, and Historical Performance Program groups.
In addition to intensive private instruction and courses specifically related to their instrument, piano majors receive instruction and mentoring through master classes, residencies, and visiting artists who present a variety of musical styles and experiences. Piano faculty are internationally known performers, ensemble players, guest teachers, and lecturers, who teach a wide range of music through private lessons, studio classes, and repertoire courses.