Beverly Lapp

Professor of Music, Core Chair

Beverly Lapp


  • BA, Goshen College, 1991
  • MM, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 1993
  • EDD, Columbia University Teachers College, 2012

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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 (14) and Naomi (11) and is married to Dale Klassen.

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 202: Music Theory

In this course we use analysis and composition to learn melodic, contrapuntal, harmonic, motivic, and formal principles of music towards a stronger theoretical understanding of how music is constructed. Although a variety of styles will be explored and used as examples, much of our work will focus on the “Common Practice Era”, Western music’s Baroque (1600-1750) and Classical (1750-1825) periods.

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.

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

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Teaching Residency at the New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ, October 21-24, 2015.

Workshop presentation at the AAC&U General Education and Assessment Conference, Portland, OR: “Using Student Work for Assessment: An E-Portfolio-Based Approach,” February 2014.

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.

“The Power of Hands.”  Timbrel Magazine, Summer 2013.

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

“The Star Spangled Banner.”  To the Best of Our Knowledge Audio Essay, July 2011.

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.


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.


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


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.


Covenant Presbyterian Church Award winner, Westminster Choir College.


Elsie Hilliard Hillman Fellowship, Westminster Choir College.

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.

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.


Music Department Faculty

Goshen College


Instructor of Piano

Harper Music Academy, Palatine, IL


Instructor of Piano

Community Music Division, North Central College, Naperville, IL


Junior Faculty Member

The New School for Music Study, Princeton, NJ