Piano Laboratory Program 2016-2017


Wed, 8/31/2016 - Sat, 8/12/2017

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Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required



  • (217) 244-7011

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  • School of Music




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About the Program

Since 1980, the University of Illinois Piano Laboratory Program has provided quality non-credit piano instruction for students of all ages in the Champaign-Urbana area. It also provides a forum in which piano majors (graduate and upper-class undergraduate students) may obtain teaching training experience under the supervision of master teachers. 

The Piano Laboratory Program is administered jointly by two Divisions within the School of Music: (1) Office of Outreach and Public Engagement in Music, Stephen Burian, Interim Director, and (2) Piano Pedagogy, Dr. Christos Tsitsaros, Chair.

Faculty and Instructional Staff

Faculty members, experienced graduate students, and adjunct staff teach pupils enrolled in the Piano Laboratory Program. University of Illinois faculty members are Professors Christos Tsitsaros and Joan Hickey (jazz piano only).


The curriculum of the Piano Laboratory Program includes traditional performance repertoire and technical development combined with musicianship study (e. g., sight-reading, aural skills, and music theory). Two recital programs are held each year. All pupils participate in weekly private lessons. Advanced jazz piano instruction is available with Joan Hickey for students who qualify by audition. Instruction occurs in faculty studios and classrooms of Smith Memorial Hall at the corner of Mathews and Nevada. The course of instruction coincides with the University calendar and consists of two 14-week semesters. Summer instruction is also available.
Pre-college pupils participate in one recital program each semester; participation by adult 
students is optional. 

Registration and Fees

Visit the Piano Laboratory Program website for more information on Registration and Fees.

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