An especially strong keyboard faculty, many opportunities to perform, superb facilities, and an active schedule of master classes and residencies by visiting artists - these are the components that make an Oberlin education exceptional for piano majors.
The members of the piano faculty are nationally known performers, ensemble players, guest teachers, and lecturers. Their interests include early keyboard instruments, vocal and instrumental accompanying, and avant-garde techniques. They also represent a wide variety of pedagogic approaches. Two department members were formerly teaching members of the Leningrad Conservatory; others represent the Schnabel and Lhevinne traditions. In addition, the faculty includes a leading authority on group and private pedagogy of elementary piano methods and intermediate materials and a specialist on period instruments. Faculty-supervised student teaching gives students firsthand pedagogical experience.