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    Private (Applied) Lessons

  • The study of applied music (private lessons) is the foundational building block for success as a music student at Millikin.  Not only do music majors have a one-on-one lesson every week with a faculty specialist in the appropriate area, they also participate in a weekly master class with their teacher.  In addition, weekly recitals give all students the opportunity to perform for their peers in a more formal concert setting.  Weekly lessons are either 30 or 60 minutes in duration depending on the requirements for the different degree programs.  For more information specific to your instrument, please click on the appropriate tab.



    The vision of keyboard studies at Millikin University is to guide students toward artistic and pedagogical excellence, through enthusiastic preparation for the reality of the contemporary music world, all within a healthy academic and artistic environment. The piano faculty, consisting of international performing artists devoted to pedagogical excellence, offer continued support and guidance to their students while maintaining active careers as performers, adjudicators, and clinicians.

    A proud member of the All-Steinway Schools elite group, the Millikin University School of Music provides state-of-the-art facilities and instruments, including Steinway & Sons pianos in all teaching studios, as well as an ample number of practice rooms reserved for piano students. All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. That is why the only pianos owned by the institutions — from the practice room to the recital hall — are designed by Steinway & Sons. 

    Performance opportunities for piano students include chamber music ensembles and large ensembles such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, jazz bands and jazz combos. Students may also perform for the Millikin Opera Theatre, School of Theatre and Dance productions and collaborations with external arts organizations. 

    Piano Audition Requirements

    For piano audition requirements by degree, visit Audition Requirements. To learn more about the School of Music application process, visit Application Information. 

    Piano Faculty

    Pei-l Wang

    Pei-I Wang

     Assistant Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator 
    D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
    M.M. in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
    M.A. in Piano Performance – Soochow University 
    B.A. in Music – Soochow University 
    PMC 206; pwang@millikin.edu
    Ph: 217-424-6299 
    Teaching Duties: Applied Piano, Class Piano, Piano Literature, Keyboard Accompanying/Ensemble            


    Chung-Ha Kim

    Chung-Ha Kim, D.M.A.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Piano  
    D.M.A. in Piano Performance: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music  
    M.M. in Piano Performance: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music  
    B.M. in Piano Performance: Manhattan School of Music  
    PMC018; chkim@millikin.edu  
    Ph: 217-424-6336  
    Teaching Duties: Class Piano, Piano Pedagogy