Professor of Music
Department Chair

Education

BA, Goshen College, 1991
MM, WESTMINSTER CHOIR COLLEGE OF RIDER UNIVERSITY, 1993
EDD, Columbia University Teachers College, 2012

Current Projects

  • I am currently learning all of the preludes and fugues in JS Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book One and keep a blog about the experience here: Some Well-Tempered Years
  • Using research from a recent Humanities class, I am working on an article on themes from general education students’ musical autobiographies.

Personal Information

Beverly Lapp, Professor of Music, chairs the music department and serves as Core Curriculum Director at Goshen College.  Areas of research are music as a liberal art, general education, musicians and vocation, and the music learning experiences of children. Her work in the applied piano studio is enriched by the opportunity to work with a wide range of non-music majors and music majors for whom piano is a secondary instrument.  Previous experience with community music schools and leadership of the Goshen College Piano Preparatory Department led to a passion for the training of future piano teachers.  Beverly serves on the Board of Trustees for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy and co-hosts the annual Goshen College Piano Workshop and Academy.  Beverly has two daughters, Greta (13) and Naomi (10) and is married to Dale Klassen.

Courses

Mus 272: Applied Piano

Individual lessons designed to help pianists of all levels experience growth as a keyboard artist.  Objectives are increased technical facility and comfort, increased accuracy and flow in sight reading, heightened understanding of stylistic considerations for three or more historical and/or compositional styles, and improved ability to self-critique and self-direct towards a more satisfactory sound experience at the piano

Mus 208: Introduction to Piano Pedagogy

This first course in the piano pedagogy sequence focuses on the beginning student and on the materials and teaching techniques most effective for this level of instruction. The course includes weekly lecture-discussion sessions, observation of class and private instruction, and the supervised teaching of weekly private lessons.

Core 104: Learning Community

A continuation of the first semester Core 100: Identity, Culture and Community course with a focus on career exploration/preparation, e-portfolio documentation/assessment, and faith/service development.

Hum 224: Music and Theater

Designed to introduce students to the study of the arts (visual, textual, aural and dramatic) as an expression of both the human and the divine as they converse in specific historical and cultural contexts.  In this course we explore the ways cultures use theater and music to express the power of the human spirit.

Leadership of Study Service Term Units

  • Peru (Summer 2006)
  • Dominican Republic (Spring and Summer 1999).

Visit the SST homepage

Lectures & Presentations

Paper presentation at the College Music Society National Conference, Minneapolis, MN: “Music in Liberal Education: Contexts, Models and Recommendations,” September 2010.

Presentation to the Grand Rapids Piano Teachers’ Forum: “Teaching the Millenials: Ideas for Practice and Motivation,” October 2003.

Panel facilitator at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, August 2003.

Facilitator of Teaching Demonstration and Discussion at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, August 2001.

Demonstration teacher at the MTNA “Pedagogy Saturday” pre-conference seminar, Nashville, 1999.

Selected Publications

“The Art of Reflection in Music Learning.” American Music Teacher, August/September 2012.

Book Review of “My Nine Lives” by Leon Fleisher on the blog 100 Memoirs, June 2011.

“Humanities Music Lab Course Portfolio.” Peer Review of Teaching Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2011.

“A Discussion of Common Reading Problems.” Keyboard Companion, Winter 2002.

“Did I Really Mean to Say That?” Keyboard Companion, Autumn 1998.

“Piano Pedagogy Musings.” Junior Keynotes, Fall 1996.

Grants & Fellowships

2012
Mininger Grant, Goshen College ($3000) to attend the IX Festival Internacional de Musica Renacentista y Barroca Americana, Misiones de Chiquitos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, April 26-May 6.
2005-2010
Recipient of the Elin J. Stene Fund, the Kenneth E. & Ilamae R. Knapp Endowment, and the Merill Ostrus Staton Music Scholarship ($7,700), Columbia University’s Teachers College
1999-2003
Lilly Endowment – Author of the music portion of the K-12 Preparatory Initiative Grant proposal, awarded $230,000 for programming and equipment; served as supervisor of the project director of Goshen College’s “Acorn Music Project” during the grant period.
1992-1993
Covenant Presbyterian Church Award winner, Westminster Choir College.
1991-1993
Elsie Hilliard Hillman Fellowship, Westminster Choir College.

Memberships & Associations

Member of the Board of Trustees for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy (FCCKP), appointed summer 2011.

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) since 1999.

Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) and Goshen-Elkhart Music Teachers Association (GEMTA).

College Music Society.

Selected Performances

Joint recital of Baroque keyboard music with harpsichordist Bradley Lehman, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College, March 2011.

Afternoon Sabbatical: “Christmas with Beverly Lapp and Friends,” Sauder Concert Hall, December 2010.

Recital with violinists Amy Kauffman and Neil Dufallo at Goshen College, February 2004.

“Carnival of the Animals” duo piano solo with with Matthew Hill and the Maple City Chamber Orchestra, October 2002.

“Miniatures for the Piano” lecture recitals, Goshen College and Iowa Mennonite School, Fall 2002.

Beethoven Choral Fantasy piano soloist with Goshen College Orchestra and Choirs, October 2000.

Concerts of American Music with baritone Anthony Brown, June 1997.

Employment

1995-present
Music Department Faculty
Goshen College
1993-1995
Instructor of Piano
Harper Music Academy, Palatine, IL
1993-1995
Instructor of Piano
Community Music Division, North Central College, Naperville, IL
1991-1993
Junior Faculty Member
The New School for Music Study, Princeton, NJ