School of Music

Summer Keyboard Explorations

June 26 — July 1, 2016

Grades 7-12

For the 27th consecutive year, middle school and high school students can work with award-winning Washington State University faculty to study classical piano, jazz piano/improvisation, and organ. With a limited number of students, Summer Keyboard Explorations offers students the opportunity to work with different faculty one-on-one each day, thus sending them home at week's end with a variety of information and different views about how they can improve their playing. In addition to a faculty concert, SKE features a guest artist who will perform a concert and give a master class to the students. The week's events culminate in a student concert that includes ensemble playing, a highlight of many student's experience at SKE!

Camp Activities and Studies:

SKE is excited to bring a guest artist to work with students every summer.

Faculty will offer individual studio lessons in classical piano as well as a choice of organ, jazz piano, and improvisation. Students will also participate as a group in masterclasses on solo performance literature, technique, and ensemble playing. The faculty will assess the playing level of students upon arrival at camp in order to place them in appropriate ensembles.

During the week, students will have time to practice, relax, use the University Recreation Center, and participate in evening programs. The faculty and counselors will provide 24-hour supervision of the campers. Responsible camp counselors will stay in the dormitory with all the boarding students.

Students should bring at least three pieces to study:
  • one ready to perform in the final concert
  • two that are in working progress
2016 Guest Artist

SKE is excited to welcome guest artist Dr. Jensina Oliver.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Jensina Oliver.


Participants arrive and move into the residence hall on Sunday, June 26th. All boarding students will be provided dinner on Sunday evening and an orientation to the camp. Commuting students may join boarders for the Sunday evening dinner and orientation, or receive the camp schedule on Monday morning, June 27th. The closing concert is Friday, July 1st, beginning at 1 p.m. The camp ends at the conclusion of the concert.

  • All Camp Activities: $395
  • All Camp Activities plus Room and Board: $550
  • Key Deposit (boarding campers only) to be returned at checkout: $60
Online Registration:

Click here to register online.


* Medical/Surgical Treatment Authorization [.pdf]
* Emergency Information and Release [.pdf]
* SRC Youth Liability Waiver [.pdf]
* SRC Youth Activities Waiver [.pdf]
Directions to Pullman [.pdf]

* Forms to be mailed in by June 1st, 2016


2016 Faculty

Jerry Berthiaume
Jeffrey Savage
Karen Savage
Brian Ward
Jill Schneider
Michelle Mielke


Jeffrey Savage,, (509) 335-3991
Kelly Jo Kegerreis, (509) 335-3898


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