Music Camps

PIANO EXPERIENCE - Not Offered in 2013

Designed for students of intermediate level and above, Piano Experience provides exciting opportunities for nurturing musical development and for developing a greater understanding of artistic piano playing.

Featured topics will be sonatinas/sonatas, improvisation/jazz, contemporary literature, romantic character pieces, and composition.  Click this link to download the Piano Experience Registration PDF file.

Coordinator: Dr. Scott Carrell,


The schedule includes the following activities:

  • performance and discussion classes (based on specific topics)
  • 4-player ensemble sessions, involving literature and musicianship skills
  • piano duet rehearsals
  • elective classes
  • personal practice time
  • optional private lessons
  • faculty concerts
  • participant concerts of solo and ensembles
  • other evening activities


Pre-Payment: The full session fee is required in advance. The deadline for registration and full payment is one week before the start of the session. If cancellation is made within the week before the start of the session, one-half o the fee is refundable. After the start of the session no fees are refundable. Registration fees cover instruction, campus housing during the camp, and meals in the campus dining center. Any other expense is the responsibility of the student. Optional private lessons from the faculty are permissible, but the cost is extra, and is payable to the individual instructor at the rate of $15 per 30 minute lesson. All required health forms and permission forms should be turned in at the time of registration. The first meal offered as part of the session is in the evening. The final session meal is offered on Saturday morning.

Closed Campus: The Piano Experience is a closed campus session. No students may leave the Harding University campus unless in the company of their own parent or an assigned staff adult. Commuters must remain on campus until the last daily event of the session over.

Discipline: It assumed that each participant will adhere to the rules and policies of the session and Harding University. Failure to cooperate with staff, or unruly behavior will result in dismissal from the Piano Experience. The daily schedule is available on-line with the registration forms. Camp staff are assigned to dorms and will maintain order. Damage occurring to rooms or equipment as a result of negligence on the part of participants will be charged to the participant and paid for before the end of the session.

Registration Day: Upon arrival at the Harding University Campus, students should report to the Reynolds Center for Music and Communication. At the registration time, dorm assignments may be picked up and personal belongings moved into the room, meal tags will be issued, and session t-shirts will be handed out. All required health forms and permission forms should be turned in at the time of registration!

Visiting Parents: Parents are encouraged to visit the session at any time. For out-of-town parents local hotels are available for over-night stays.

If you are sick: Assigned medical professionals are available in the event of sickness of accident. Students who become sick will be referred to those assigned staff members. Students and their parents are responsible for any medical charges incurred.


Scott Carrell has performed numerous recitals as soloist and as collaborator, including numerous appearances with orchestras and chamber groups. Carrell studied with Steinway artists Drusilla Huffmaster, Ian Hobson, and Vladimir Viardo and received degrees from Southwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the D.M.A. from the University of North Texas. The French Piano Institute awarded him a prize for the best performance of a work by Henri Dutilleux at the 1996 FPI Festival in Paris, France. He was also honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from Harding University for the 2003-2004 academic year.

In 2005 his compact disc “Crossings” was released, including the world premiere recording of the title work, an original composition based on a painting by an Arkansas artist. The disc "Ragtime Memories" was released in 2007.

An active member of the Arkansas State Music Teachers, he has presented several sessions at both regional and state conferences and serves as a division coordinator of MTNA. Currently teaching piano, music theory and composition at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, Carrell is in demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher and adjudicator.

Lisbeth Jones holds a B.A. in music from Harding University and completed her M.M. degree in piano performance at the University of Central Arkansas. She has over twenty-five years of experience teaching piano, both in private lessons and in a group setting.

After nine years of adjunct teaching, she joined the HU faculty full-time in the fall of 2005. Her professional duties include teaching private and class piano and accompanying student vocal performances. In addition, she serves as coordinator for the Searcy Community School of Music, which employs about 25 instructors and provides instruction for close to 80 local students.

Dept. of Music

501- 279-4086