Program Details:

Piano for Dreamers

The goal of "Piano for Dreamers" is to offer no-cost introductory piano classes to a group of low-income children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in the Boulder area during the fall 2019 and spring 2020. These students currently receive other types of academic support from the Boulder Valley "I Have a Dream" foundation. The goal of the classes is to provide an introduction to piano playing, music reading, theory and music history. By the end of the 14-week semester, the students will be able to perform simple songs at the piano expressively and with good technique, read and interpret basic music notation and symbols, and compose simple pieces. Our program will provide portable piano keyboards to teach these students on-site. The course will culminate with a student recital open to parents and the community. The classes will be taught by selected graduate instructors currently enrolled in the Masters and Doctoral programs in piano performance and pedagogy at CU. In addition, undergraduate piano majors will assist the instructors and observe the classes. Due to the high cost of piano lessons in the Boulder area, low-income families find it challenging or impossible to access quality piano instruction. This program will offer these students an invaluable, no-cost opportunity to learn to play the piano through an innovative and attractive curriculum.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.


In Colorado

  • Boulder

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • "I have a dream" Foundation

Program Contact

Alejandro Cremaschi
Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy

Program Categories


  • Music

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction


  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Students - Elementary School

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