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An accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the United States, the organisation that accredits The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, and more.

The online Piano Artist Performance Graduate Diploma has attracted the attention of pianists from around the world.

 

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A Revolutionary One-Year Digital Experience

A comprehensive piano education, reimagined for modern performers, designed to enable them to be successful in the digital world. Rolling enrollment, so you can embark on the journey whenever it's convenient for you.

 

The 30-credit Piano Artist Performance Graduate Diploma includes individual lessons and masterclasses with some of the most sought after names in the piano world, sessions on portfolio development, audience building, home studio recording and streaming, designing and implementing a creative & professional online presence, and more.

Piano Recording & Streaming Technology Bundle

Included in your tuition and shipped directly to your home is our exclusive arsenal of home studio recording technology every pianist should own, valued at €2,700. Includes the Audio SCX25APS Piano Mic Kit, a Mackie 12-channel mixer, an Audient Evo 8 audio interface, an Audix lapel microphone and preamp, tripod, XLR cablage, and a phone camera mount.

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Study Privately With Some of the World's Most Renowned Pianists

We've engaged some of the most brilliant piano educators in the world, and thanks to our Piano Recording & Streaming Technology Bundle, students will have interactive lessons with them every week.

Hugh Sung

Former Director of Student Recitals and Instrumental Accompaniment, The Curtis Institute,  performances and recordings with violinists Aaron Rosand, Hilary Hahn, Leila Josefowicz. Worked extensively with the  Philadelphia and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras

Peter Tuite

Former Head of Piano, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, former Head of Keyboard Faculty at Royal Irish Academy of Music, educated at Trinity College, University of Oxford, and a Fullbright Scholar at the Peabody Institute

George Vatshnadze

Piano Faculty, DePaul School of Music,  Appearances with orchestras throughout North, Central, South America, Asia, Russia and Europe,  Founder and Artistic Director of the Villa Sandra International Piano Academy in Lesa, Italy

Christopher O'Riley

Former Host of NPR's From the Top; piano educator and scholar known by millions across the world for his alternative artist piano arrangements

Dr. Igor Resnianski

Steinway Artist, Assistant Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and Piano Faculty at Nelly Berman School of Music

Victor Rosenbaum

Renowned pianist, teacher and recording artist; former Chair of Piano and faculty at New England Conservatory since 1967; former faculty, Eastman and Mannes

Svetlana Smolina

Programme Director, The Piano Conservatory at the European Academy of Fine Arts, acclaimed Russian solo and concert pianist, Director of Piano at the Philadelphia International Music Festival

Inna Faliks

Head of Piano at UCLA, Yamaha Artist with performances throughout Asia, the US, Europe, and under the batons of Slatkin, Lockhart, and more

Arthur Greene

Professor of Piano, University of Michigan, Winner of the William Kapell & Gina Bachauer Int'l Piano Competitions, performances with Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and more

Dr. Igal Kesselman

Music Director, Special Music School of America; Artist Director, Kaufman Music Center International Piano Competition, New York City

Conor Linehan

Former Resident Composer, Royal Shakespeare Company, Piano Faculty, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Resident Composer, Abbey Theatre Dublin

5 Module Catalogue

A module catalogue meticulously designed and refined, in consultation with piano professionals from around the world, to deliver the most comprehensive piano artist education we could imagine. Includes an optional elective.

Module 1 (12 credits)

Solo Piano: One-on-One Private Lessons

All students receive bespoke individual piano study over the course of 8 months with our distinguished performing artist faculty in one-on-one synchronous and asynchronous online lessons, thanks to our Piano Recording and Streaming Technology Bundle.

Module 2 (3 credits)

Career Development, Promotion and Programming

Most musicians depart university programs with a technical proficiency on their chosen instrument allowing them to competently navigate the artistic side of their career, but careers often come to a halt when musicians find themselves unequipped to navigate the business aspects of their professional lives. Get the gig: learn modern strategies of marketing, effective self-promotion and online presence.

Module 3 (3 credits)

Piano Recording, Mixing and Videography

In this age of technology, it's not enough to just play. Master how to mic, record, mix and edit your audio and video footage. Students will also acquire the skills to effectively record, edit and deliver asynchronous and synchronous performances for evaluation of their individual one-on-one private piano lessons.

Module 4 (3 credits)

Theory of Repertoire Analysis & Performance Practice

A thorough understanding of the composer’s intentions requires a body of harmonic and contrapuntal knowledge that allows the performer to evaluate and analyze the composition in a fashion that illuminates the colors and shading inherent in the composer’s vision of the performance. Through analysis and exploration, the student will determine where the emphasis must be placed for chordal balance and linear distinction of inner lines.

Module 5 (9 credits)

Solo Recital Performance

Pianists will perform a recital, programmed in consultation with our faculty, that will be fully produced, edited, and delivered to the world, not just a small audience in a piano hall. All Graduate performances will be showcased by The Piano Conservatory's online platforms.

Optional Elective (3 credits)

Comping and Cross-Style Versatility

An optional elective is provided for students to study the art of comping, cross-style versatility, and fundamental improvisational techniques. This module's objective is to provide students with a basic facility to accompany, not only classically trained singers and instrumentalists, but those singers and instrumentalists that have been reared in non-classical styles such as country, pop, jazz, rock, latin, etc.

Annual Graduate Concerto Prize

All Graduate Recitals will be adjudicated each calendar year by The Piano Conservatory's Concerto Jury, with one candidate selected for an all-expenses-paid concerto opportunity with a professional orchestra in Bulgaria during the following summer months.

Additional Program Information

Academic Calendar


The Piano Artist Performance Graduate Diploma is an online program that spans 12 months. This program features rolling enrollment, which means the student can enroll and begin the program whenever they want. The program is divided into three semesters: Semester 1:

  • Solo Piano lessons (2x per week)
  • 6 Guest Artist Masterclasses
  • Regular delivery of the 5 modules (asynchronous, meaning pianists can complete the modules at times convenient to them)
Semester 2:
  • Solo Piano lessons (2x per week)
  • 6 Guest Artist Masterclasses
  • Regular delivery of the 5 modules (asynchronous, meaning pianists can complete the modules at times convenient to them)
Semester 3:
  • Recital preparation and delivery
Note: We provide the option for Semester 3 to be extended without penalty should the pianist feel that they need more preparation time to prepare and deliver the final piano recital project.




More About Online Learning


The European Academy of Fine Arts has an exclusive online instructional delivery platform, customized and built specifically for our online programs. Each student will receive a unique login for access of the program's modules, lectures, files, assignments and documents. Students will initially learn how to implement the Piano Recording & Streaming Technology Bundle into their home piano studio setup, and immediately begin interactive virtual lessons with our distinguished piano faculty. Students must own their own tablet (iPad or other) in order to participate in this program.




Tuition & Fees


The total tuition for the Piano Artist Performance Graduate Diploma is €19,450. Payment Schedule: Payment 1: €7,000 (due immediately to begin coursework) Payment 2: €7,000 (due within 3 months after enrollment) Payment 3: €5,450 (due within 6 months after enrollment) Students must own their own tablet (iPad or other) in order to participate in this program.




Academic Credits


The Piano Artist Performance Graduate Diploma is a graduate level online diploma worth 30 transferrable university credits (60 ECTS credits in Europe). The degree is conferred by the European Academy of Fine Arts, an instructional site of Irish American University, an accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the United States of America.




Application Requirements


Click here to submit an application. Application Requirements Submit videos (via YouTube or Vimeo links) of your performing or playing three (3) pieces of contrasting styles Acceptance to the course is determined by evaluation of your performance videos. Prospective students are not necessarily required to provide evidence of prior certificates, diplomas or degrees in order to enroll. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. You will receive results within a few days. After you have been accepted, you can decide when you would like to begin the coursework in consultation with our faculty. Students must own their own tablet (iPad or other) in order to participate in this program.





European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia is an Instructional Site of Irish American UniversityIAMU is an accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organisation that accredits The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Academy of Art, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, West Point United States Military Academy, and more.

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