Fall in Love with Listening!

This Fall, we would like to share some of our “apple-solute” favorites pieces with you!

The Faber Teachers have hand picked a list of recommended listening.  Click on a playlist below to start listening.

As you listen, here are some questions to guide your listening adventure:

  • What musical sounds or genres do you enjoy listening to most?
  • What musical techniques did the composer use to create the composition? (large ensemble, solo, clapping, singing, talking, plucking)
  • How does the music make you feel? (joyful, sad, excited, confused, curious)
  • What dynamics do you hear? (forte, mezzo forte, mezzo piano, piano)
  • Do you hear different articulations? (Staccato, legato, accented, detached)
  • Can you count the meter? (3/4, 4/4)
  • Can you distinguish the tonality? (minor, major, or modal)

Students, we’d love hear your favorites too! Next time you’re in for your lesson, fill out an apple and share with us what you’re listening to.

Listening Playlists:

Amber’s Top Picks

Annie’s Top Picks

Jon’s Top Picks

Justin’s Top Picks

Kate’s Top Picks

Veena’s Top Picks

Clinician Recital: Fred Karpoff

Please join us at the Faber Piano Institute on, October 25, at 7PM as we host Fred Karpoff in an evening recital featuring works by Debussy, Barber, and Beethoven. Free admission and reception following.

Debussy: La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Barber: Sonata for Piano, Op. 26
Beethoven: 15 Variations and Fugue in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 “Eroica”


Winner of the MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award, former USIA Artistic Ambassador, and Steinway Artist, Fred Karpoff, has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents. He presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, and is artistic producer of Entrada Piano Technique, an online video resource for teachers and students. He is Professor of Piano at Syracuse University and has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music.  More information is available at entradapiano.com.

Faculty Recital April 24, 4:00PM, 2016

Join us for a free concert put on by the faculty of the Faber Piano Institute!


Andrew Anderson Piano Recital April 10th, 2:00PM, 2016

An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist presents “A Cornucopia of Musical Delights,” a program of piano music composed over a period of 200 years, accompanied by Anderson’s succinct verbal commentary. The program includes Bach’s powerful Partita no. 2, a selection of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, John Ireland’s wistfully lyrical Darkened Valley, Bartok’s rollicking Roumanian Dance no. 1 and three of his Hungarian Folksongs, Ruth Crawford’s brief but electrifying Study in Mixed Accents, and more.
Suggested donation of $10 (students & seniors, $5)

For more information, please call 665-7346.

2015 Holiday Open House

Here are some highlights from our 2015 holiday open house!



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Peace All-Stars 4: Honoring Black Lives

We’re excited to announce a benefit concert for the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. The performance line-up includes folk, pop, classical & gospel artists, featuring our lead FPI instructor, VEENA KULKARNI!

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7 p.m. 

Temple Beth Emeth/ St. Clare’s Episcopal

2309 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI

General admission: $15 advance, $20 at the door.

Benefactor tickets: $50 (includes artist CD).

Tickets can be purchased on-line at: icpj-pas4.eventbrite.com

For more information, please contact: jane@icpj.org(734-663-1870)



Adult Piano Group Classes

NEW FALL 2015!

Starting September, we will be offering Adult Piano Classes.  Learn to play in a relaxed, fun and educational setting, directed by our instructor, Carol Nuelle.

  • Improve concentration, memory, discipline and hand-eye coordination
  • Build self-esteem, lower stress and enjoy a fun creative outlet
  • Discover a new hobby, make new friends and share the joy of making music

6-week session starts September 28th, 2015

Classes meet Monday 3:00PM – 3:34PM

$185 per 6-week session, plus $15 one-time material fee

No experience necessary, practice keyboard required

Class size limited to 5 students

Space is limited, call to register: 734-975-1995

Jazz 101 Masterclass & Performance August 14, 2015

Jazz with Jeremy: Master Class and Performance

Friday, August 14th, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
5:00pm – 6:30pm Master Class
6:30pm – 7:00pm Reception
7:00pm – 8:00pm Performance

Faber Piano Institute
3042 Creek Drive (on Packard, 1 block east of Platt)
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Call to register: (734) 975-1995

For pianists with traditional backgrounds, jazz is often a mystery. Join Jeremy Siskind for this one-of-a-kind master class, as he demystifies the rhythm, harmony, and forms of jazz — one of America’s great art forms. This interactive presentation will discuss swing rhythm, beginning improvisation, the blues, seventh chords, reading lead sheets, and much more. Jeremy Siskind is an award-winning jazz pianist and Chair of Piano at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Suggested donation. Refreshments. CDs for purchase.

Piano Master Class on October 26th

A master class is a seminar for music students conducted by a master musician or teacher. In other words, a master class is a lesson that is taught in front of an audience. This type of class is commonly offered in conservatories and universities.

In addition to working directly with the students who are performing, the master class teacher addresses the audience. This creates a rare opportunity for students and families to observe and learn from another student’s lesson.

You are warmly invited to observe a master class conducted by Randall Faber

Sunday, October 26th    3:00 to 4:30 pm.  

Students of all ages and all levels are encouraged to attend!



Welcome to our new website look

Welcome to our website’s new look! We’re excited to connect more frequently with our students and community. As always, please contact us to inquire about private lessons or facilities rental. And look for us on Facebook, too!