Accompanying is a regular component of the piano studio curriculum. It is seen as an educational opportunity to develop the necessary skills in sight reading, chamber music and in experiencing the individual and group effort required in learning and performing music in ensemble and with other students.
Accompanying is not a service that is provided by the department. Rather, it is a collaborative effort between committed student musicians toward a common goal of thoughtful and competent performance.
To help ensure an equitable and even distribution among all pianists, it is recommended that students needing an accompanist make arrangements through their studio instructor and the head of the keyboard area (Dr. Edward Turley); noting that it is always best to provide music at least three months in advance or the semester prior to the recital date. It is also noted that during peak performance times of the semester it may be necessary for students to seek an accompanist from off campus. Your teacher or members of the piano faculty can help you with recommendations for professional pianists.