Summer Keyboard Music Institute Furman University

Sunday June 21 - Friday June 26, 2015

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The Summer Keyboard Institute offers young pianists and organists, ages 12-18, a unique major and minor style of study that allows them to focus on the keyboard topics that interest them most. Students select both a primary and secondary area of study from the following options: piano, organ, ensemble piano, improvisation, or music technology. Group classes in the student's selected area, musicianship classes, master classes, student and faculty recitals, and recreational activities stimulate creativity and sharpen students' performance skills. Faculty recitals are open to the public. Private lessons are available.


<<  REGISTRATION CLOSED  as of 5/30/2015  >>
Register and pay by credit card or submit and mail a check. Registrations are not considered until full payment is received.

Choose your areas of study

Students should choose one primary and one secondary area of study. Piano, organ or music technology may be selected as a primary or secondary option. Other secondary options include ensemble piano and improvisation. Keep in mind that primary studies are exclusive to intermediate and advanced students.

If you are interested in pursuing the organ as a primary area of study, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently taking organ lessons and possess an intermediate knowledge of the instrument.
  • Ability to play one of the 8 Little Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach, as well as repertory of similar difficulty.
  • Ability to perform some of the easier hymns.
  • Have at least three performance-ready works in contrasting styles.
  • Bring appropriate shoes to properly play the pedals. Organ shoes are essentially tap dance shoes or capezios without taps. Leather heels and soles are more appropriate than rubber. If students do not possess such shoes, the best substitute is a snug-fitting loafer.

Come prepared to perform

Students should bring two performance-ready works for master class / recital and two additional works ( in progress) for further study during the week.  Master class performance is encouraged but not required.

Daily schedule

Each day students participate in a musicianship class, master class, primary area small group lesson, practice time, recreation and social events.  Secondary area small group lessons take place twice during the week.  Private lessons are scheduled within this framework.  View sample schedule PDF.

Our accommodations

Boarding students will be housed in our Lakeside Dorm, sharing suites that contain two rooms split by a shared bathroom. Two teens will share each individual room. Single beds, two desks, a chest of drawers and closet space are supplied. Students should bring their own linens, towels, soap, shampoo, and bath shoes. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean, checking in with the counselors at assigned times and maintaining all guidelines stipulated in the confirmation

Meals will be served in our main dining hall. Our hall features a variety of diet options, including a salad bar, carving station and a wood-fire

Students who drive to camp will be provided with a parking permit. However, students are not permitted to leave camp until the week's activities are complete. Curfews are enforced on each hall.

Counselors will supervise all activities. But the Furman University Police Department and local law enforcement will provide additional security.

Contact us

Institute director:  Dr. Derek Parsons, 864-294-2099 or
Administrator: Marcella Frese, 864.294.2086 or

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