Blue Lake’s Piano Program is designed to guide each student to musical achievement with an enriching learning environment. Every student will receive private instruction every day during the session. Students will also be scheduled for two hours of supervised practice daily. Students also receive daily instruction in keyboard ensemble and music theory, and meet for seminars on a variety of topics that may include piano history, literature, practice and performance skills, and faculty performances.
Students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. (For more information, visit Minors). Students also have the opportunity to participate in recreation, camp activities, and attend arts-focused educational events in the evening.
Many students are given performance opportunities throughout the session in piano seminars, master classes, and studio recitals. The final presentation will include all students in brief solo and keyboard ensemble performances. (At this time, plans for the final recital include a video presentation made available to friends and family after the conclusion of the session. If future COVID-19 guidelines allow, we will adjust to an in-person recital for friends and family). Although students should bring repertoire on which they are currently working, teachers will assign new material to be learned, memorized, and performed while at camp.
For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.
Piano Program Student ProficienciesRequired Proficiency Levels
Piano students must have completed the following repertoire, or music of similar difficulty, prior to attending camp:
High School - Sessions I and II
Bach, Inventions or French Suites
Mendelssohn, Songs Without Words
Bartok, Mikrokosmos Vol. No. 4
Classical Sonata Movements
Intermediate - Sessions III and IV
Bach, Selections from the Anna Magdalena Notebook
Bartok, Music for Children
Schumann, Album for the Young