Karen Eshelman has taught music theory, music appreciation, organ and harpsichord at Furman since 2004. Before joining Furman's faculty as an instructor, Eshelman taught organ and music theory at Presbyterian College (S.C.) for seventeen years.

As a professional church musician, Eshelman has served as an organist and choirmaster at various parishes in Rochester, N.Y., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and Tryon, N.C. She has also worked in that capacity at the parish of St. James Episcopal in Greenville since 1988.

Eshelman enjoys the variety found in working with college students, as well as the weekly organ and choral music performances that are required as part of her music ministry. Eshelman recently helped guide St. James through the planning and purchase of a new tracker pipe organ, and led the planning of an organ dedication series of recitals and special worship services.

Name Title Description

MUS-111A

Basic Musicianship I: Written

Introduction to music fundamentals, basic principles of voice leading, and harmonic progression through development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-111B

Basic Musicianship I: Aural

Introduction to music fundamentals, basic principles of voice leading, and harmonic progression through development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-111C

Basic Musicianship I: Keyboard

Introduction to music fundamentals, basic principles of voice leading, and harmonic progression through development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-112A

Bsc Musicianship II: Written

Ongoing study of voice leading, diatonic harmony, basic modulation, and small forms through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-112B

Basic Musicianship II: Aural

Ongoing study of voice leading, diatonic harmony, basic modulation, and small forms through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-112C

Bsc Musicianship II: Keyboard

Ongoing study of voice leading, diatonic harmony, basic modulation, and small forms through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-211C

Bsc Musicianship III: Keyboar

Ongoing study of voice leading, chromatic harmony, advanced modulation, and small forms through continued development of complementary skills in analysis, composition, improvisation, music technology, sight-singing, ear training, and at the keyboard.

MUS-212C

Bsc Musicianship IV: Keyboard

My philosophy is centered on the belief that learning is most effective when students feel free to discuss, ask questions and participate in activities during class time using concepts that have been presented in the lecture. In order for this to happen, students must fulfill their responsibility to prepare for class by completing the reading and piano practice assignments by the due date. The preparatory reading and piano assignments provide the basic understanding necessary for the students to formulate questions and to discuss the meaning of new concepts. Subsequent participation in class activities is then possible. This leads to a deeper understanding of the material and encourages every student to participate. I periodically review concepts and use practice drills for the purpose of truly mastering basic concepts. Graded and corrected written, aural, and keyboard assignments provide the final ingredient of the learning process.

  • Graduate Fellowship, Eastman School of Music (1978-1980)
  • First Prize Winner, Mu Phi Epsilon Piano Competition (1975)
Education
D.M.A.
Eastman School of Music
Performer's Certificate
Eastman School of Music
M.M.
Eastman School of Music
B.A.
Portland State University
Training Under
Russell Saunders and Lenora McCroskey
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Tomas Svoboda and John Strege
Portland State University
Gustav Leonhardt, Yuko Hayashi, Arthur Poister and Marilyn Mason
Independent studies

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