Where keyboard players were once limited to piano or organ, today’s keyboardist has the choice of a wide variety of instruments, from Rhodes piano to Mellotron to Moog synthesizers and thousands more.
In addition to becoming capable performers, today’s keyboard players need to pursue their careers as entrepreneurs and innovators, becoming familiar with music business and production techniques. The Keyboard department at McNally Smith provides students with a highly organized, broad curriculum in order to prepare for making a life in music.
Keyboard students at McNally Smith study techniques that range from comping from lead sheets to building facility for scales, patterns, and chord voicings. Keyboardists build skills as ensemble members and soloists, and are encouraged to explore course offerings in other areas of the college. By taking advantage of an expansive musical education, McNally Smith Keyboard students learn to evaluate and expand on their own performance in order to continue developing years after graduating.