With 16 undergraduate and 12 graduate degree programs, the School of Music trains nearly 700 students to achieve greater technical prowess and nurture their artistic sensitivity.
The keyboard division within the School of Music includes instruction in piano, organ, jazz piano, and harpsichord, contributing to a variety of degree plans. Many major in performance, which includes a strong teaching component. The performance degree prepares students for professional work as performers and studio teachers and is the suggested degree for those who wish to pursue their instrument as a career. Some students in other degrees, such as jazz studies, elementary education, media music, and composition take keyboard instruction as part of those degree plans.
The keyboard faculty includes six full-time faculty members and approximately six part-time faculty members with combined experience of university teaching exceeding 200 years. Courses besides private instruction are offered in accompanying, organ registration and literature, keyboard harmony and other skills, supervised teaching, and piano and organ pedagogy.
Piano FacultyA listing of piano faculty can be found here.
Undergraduate & Graduate Piano Audition Requirements
The repertoire requirements for the audition on piano are the same, regardless of plans for performance, composition, Bachelor of Arts, Media, or Education Majors. Bachelor of Arts majors will be held to the same standard as performance majors in the audition process. Please note that concerto movements are not permitted.
1. A major work by J.S. Bach (prelude and fugue, set of dances, toccata, etc.). Inventions or other similar intermediate level pieces are not acceptable.
2. Complete sonata, (all movements) by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
3. A solo work by a 19th or 20th century composer. This work must be of moderately difficult level or higher, as defined in Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, a standard piano repertoire reference text.
4. Scales: all major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, four octaves up and down, in sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of ♩ = 132 m.m. Students should record ALL major and harmonic minor scales for a recorded audition.
Note: All selections must be performed by memory. All keyboard performance applicants are strongly encouraged to review the frequently asked questions before making their application.
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