Summer Piano Academy

Piano Pairs

Age: Ages 9 - 18 (younger accepted at discretion of Artistic Director)

Cost: Summer registration fee: $15, Tuition: $400. Limited financial aid is available - scroll down for instructions.

Summer 2021 – This year’s Piano Pairs program will run onsite!

As health and safety guidelines are confirmed later this spring, we anticipate limited capacity for this program. If you know you are interested in registering, we highly encourage you to register as early as possible.

Important Note! All Piano Pairs participants must present either a certificate of COVID vaccination, or a negative PCR test result at check-in on the first day of the program. For children under 10, a negative test or vaccination from a parent will be sufficient. Complete COVID safety guidelines for students will be shared with participants at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.
Read our full list of COVID protocols here


As a piano student, you’re learning, practicing, and performing all on your own. This year has been even more challenging than most. How can you stay motivated, try new things, take risks, and feel supported during the summer?

Imagine one week where you could eat, sleep, and breathe piano. You’ll start your mornings with a built-in community of supportive friends, piano students, and teachers who love piano as much as you do. You’ll gain experience with different types of piano duos and ensembles and expand your technical skills with piano lab and masterclasses. And you’ll work on your own solo repertoire during private lessons, practice time, and performances. (Students enrolled in our MOTH program can practice MOTH repertoire before the program even begins!)

Piano Pairs is the perfect place to:

  • go beyond the practice room and gain new skills and repertoire in piano 4-hand and 2-piano ensembles
  • build confidence and experience performing
  • be encouraged by the expert guidance of our piano teaching artists
  • have an incredible fun week with new friends who speak your musical language

Summer 2021 Information:

August 2 – 6

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Kathryn Rosenbach, Piano Pairs Artistic Director

Kids and teens can participate in several workshops each day to learn and sharpen their skills and gain new techniques.

Sample Schedule:

  • 8:30 am: Drop-Off and Morning Meeting
  • 9:00 – 9:45 am: Technique is Fun – Learn chords, play 5-finger patterns, and have fun developing your technique.
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am: Dueling Duets – Listen and play along with a pre-recorded 2nd piano part, then perform for the group!
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am: Show and Tell – Share solo pieces in a masterclass setting.
  • 12:00 pm: Pick-Up

Summer 2021 Financial Aid

Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only.

All returning financial aid students should reach out to Tristan Bouchard directly for instructions at Your application will consist of updated financial documents to be submitted via email.

All new financial aid applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the Music Scholarship Information Sheet (Google form).
  2. Submit your confidential financial documents to Tristan Bouchard at with secure information blacked out (or mail to Powers Music School, PO Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478). These documents include:
    • Copies of latest Federal Tax Returns and W2s – mandatory for all applicants. If parents are married but filing separately, copies of financial information for both parents must be submitted.• If applicable, records of non-taxable benefits such as veteran, social security, AFDC or ADC, and welfare or non-taxable income from pastoral work.• Documentation of other pertinent financial information you wish to have considered.
  3. Ask two people to fill out a confidential reference statement (Google form).
    All applicants currently studying at Powers Music School must have a reference from their private instructor at Powers. It is preferred that the second reference also be from a music teacher. However, a reference from an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schoolteacher is acceptable.
  4. Audition
    Some new scholarship applicants are required to audition with exception for those enrolling in Kids Crescendo. Applicants will receive notification by telephone or mail concerning the exact date and time of their potential audition following a successful application. These times are dependent upon faculty availability and, in most cases, cannot be changed. Those applicants who do not appear for an audition forfeit consideration for possible funding.

Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank and Cityside Suburu for their support of Powers’ financial aid program!

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