Why you should study piano at Arkansas State University:
    • Personal attention in a caring environment
    • Working toward becoming an All-Steinway School, see http://www.laurenschackclark.com/asu-going-all-steinway.php 
    • The only school in the state to offer the Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy and the Master of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance. 
    • Scholarships available for piano majors.  See http://www2.astate.edu/a/finearts/dept/music/scholarships/
    • Graduate Assistantships available.  See http://www2.astate.edu/a/finearts/dept/music/degrees/graduate/ 
    • Dr. Lauren Schack Clark is active as a performer as well as a teacher.  See bio at http://www.laurenschackclark.com/biography.php 
    • Many performance opportunities, from studio classes to recitals to local competitions
    • Piano majors have the opportunity to perform a solo recital every year
    • Piano Pedagogy classes involve hands-on, practical training, with students teaching in lab classes and building skills through experience, observation, and coaching from the instructor. 
    • New pianos in many practice rooms
    • Excellent Steinway D pianos in both major performance spaces
    • Proximity to Memphis (just over 1 hour drive to the Memphis Symphony)
    • New Allen organ at Riceland Hall
    • Student chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).  See http://www.laurenschackclark.com/asu-piano-society.php
    • Frequent Guest Artists and Master Clinicians.  See http://www.laurenschackclark.com/upcoming-events.php for this year’s upcoming events
    • Recent guests have included: 
        • Janice Wenger, Faculty, University of Missouri - Columbia

        • Stefan Karlsson, Jazz Pianist, Faculty, University of North Texas

        • Robert Henry, concert artist, winner of  4 international piano competitions

        • Dr. Margery McDuffie Whatley, faculty, University of Alabama-Huntsville

        • Joel Fan, concert artist, member, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble

        • Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, Faculty, Ithaca College

        • Anne Koscielny, University of Maryland (ret.)

        • Dr. Peter Miyamoto, Faculty, University of Missouri - Columbia

        • Ulrich Urban, Leipzig Conservatory

        • Richard Thompson, San Diego State University

        • Dr. Adam Bowles, member, Luna Nova new music ensemble

        • Richard Reber, University of Kansas

        • Vienna Piano Trio member Stefan Mendl

        • Merling Trio pianist Susan Wiersma Uchimura

 
 

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