Professor of Music, Core Chair
Beverly Lapp, Professor of Music, chairs the music department and serves as Core Curriculum Director at Goshen College. She leads a variety of teams in her work for Core and Music with a focus on recruitment, curricular planning, and assessment. She recently initiated and helped achieve successful academic approval for a new Music for Social Change major concentration and minor and also helped design a new Musical Theater minor in collaboration with the Goshen College theater department. Beverly’s passion for music is rooted in childhood experiences with Mennonite hymn-singing and she enjoys contributing in congregational settings as a hymn leader and pianist and served as faculty sponsor of the unique student-led Goshen College Hymn Club since its founding in 2012. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. Beverly will live in Nanchong, China (Sichuan Province) with her family in fall semester 2017 to oversee Goshen College’s Study-Service-Term.
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.
Mus 410: Senior Seminar
Preparation for post-graduate life, including the completion of the music e-portfolio. We strive for meaningful conversations and encounters around vocational, curricular and spiritual/ethical topics for musicians.
- China (Fall 2017)
- Peru (Summer 2006)
- Dominican Republic (Spring and Summer 1999).
Invited speaker at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music annual “Congregations Project” Conference: “Mennonite Singing Practices and Formation in Non-Violence,” June 13, 2017.
Paper presentation for New Directions and Vision: An International Academic Forum on Music Education, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China: “Beyond Pedagogical Orthodoxy and Geographic Boundaries: A Vision for Peer Evaluation,” November 4, 2016. Expected conference book publication January 2016.
Workshop presentation at the AAC&U Global Learning in College Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL: “From First Semester to a Life of Global Engagement: Reflective Practice as Roadmap,” October 9, 2015.
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 Millennials: 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.
“Becoming Better Specialists on SST” in The Goshen College Guide to Studying & Serving Abroad: Essays on Intercultural Learning (Goshen, IN: Pinchpenny Press, 2017).
“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.
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, 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
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.
Afternoon Sabbatical: “Curating Christmas,” Sauder Concert Hall, December 2016.
Piano Soloist and Accompanist for the Dock Mennonite Academy 70th Music Anniversary Celebration in Lansdale, PA, October 8, 2016.
Co-pianist for Elkhart County performances of the Brahms Requiem with St. Joseph Valley Camerata, May 2016.
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 Faculty, Goshen College, 1995-present
Piano Instructor, Harper Music Academy of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL, 1993-1995
Piano Instructor, Community Music Division of North Central College in Naperville, IL, 1993-1995
Junior Faculty Member, The New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ, 1991-1993