American Pianists Association

American Pianists Association

The mission of the American Pianists Association is to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists. We celebrate the beauty of music through America’s premier jazz and classical awards.

The American Pianists Association nurtures the

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Concerto Curriculum


Program description

As part of each American Pianists Awards competition, every finalist (5 per competition) completes a residency with a high school orchestra or jazz band. Residencies typically span the course of three days and culminate in a joint public performance with school musicians. Known as Concerto Curriculum, this program brings the beauty of world-class music to new audiences and non-traditional


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Program Detail

Program type: In-School Performance, In-School Residency, Workshop/Class (In-School)
Artistic Discipline: Music
Subject: Fine Arts: Music
Population served: Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

The next program will feature 5 CLASSICAL finalists. Programs will take place either the week before or the week after the following performance dates: October 4, 2020; November 1, 2020; December 6, 2020; January 31, 2021; and February 28, 2021.

Available times:

Residencies last three days.

Length of program: 25 hours over 3 days
Space / technical requirements:

For the 2020-21 school year, all hosting schools must have an orchestra. The classical finalist will perform a piano concerto or movement from a piano concerto with the students. The hosting school must have a string program.


All activities take place on school grounds.

Fees / Ticketing:

APA does not charge the school for Concerto Curriculum. Participating schools may charge the public for the final performance. Discounted tickets to APA events will also be provided to students and faculty.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


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