The Stivers School for the Arts Piano Magnet offers serious young pianists in grades 7-12 a unique opportunity to be in an intensive and varied musical program.  Our Piano Magnet has 15 full-sized, weighted keys Kawai keyboards, a six-foot Steinway Grand, two Kawai Grands and two Kawai concert uprights for students use. 

Our department cultivates complete musicianship skills, which includes:  piano performance techniques with expressive playing, written theory skills, knowledge of music history, and concert deportment.  Our mission is to foster musical, educational, personal, and social development through solo and group preparation and performance.

Students received a private lesson each week from professional pianists on staff.  Those private instructors are Cynthia Douglas and Bernadette O'Connor.

Stivers’ Pianists compete annually at the OMEA (Ohio Music Educator Association ) Competition and the OMTA ( Ohio Music Teachers Association ) Scales Contest at Wright State University.  Stivers’ Pianists perform an average of eight concerts each year across the Miami Valley.  The department presents a winter and a spring concert at the school.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Powell at jdpowell@dps.k12.oh.us.

Click here for instructions on auditions for Piano Grade 7. 

Click here for instructions on auditions for Piano Grades 8-12. 

OMEA Rating Scale
Rating I -An outstanding performance with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression

Rating II- An unusual performance in many respects but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects in performance, ineffective interpretation or improper instrumentation.

Rating III- An acceptable performance showing accomplishment and marked promise, but lacking in one or more essential qualities.

Rating IV- Poor performance- Showing many technical errors, poor musical conception

Piano Adjuncts

Cynthia Douglas
Chad Latta
Bernadette O'Connor