Keyboard Studies


With its internationally renowned performance faculty, favorable student-teacher ratio, and state-of-the-arts facilities, the Keyboard area provides first-class education for both aspiring performers and future pedagogues. Degrees are designed to develop the pianistic skills students will need as professionals and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of music history, literature, and theory.

Students cover a wide range of repertoire including music by living composers and have opportunities to perform in solo recitals, with chamber ensembles, and as concerto soloists with orchestra as well as participate in supervised student teaching opportunities in the community.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Generous financial aid is available for prospective students, including undergraduate scholarships and graduate service awards. Graduate teaching assistantships provide full tuition plus a minimum stipend ranging from $6,000 to $12,000 along with health insurance.


The School of Music building contains two recital halls, a 15,000 square foot music library, forty-four teaching studios, and seventy-six practice rooms, many of them with Steinway grand pianos reserved exclusively for piano majors. The school is close to becoming an “All-Steinway School”. The 560-seat Margaret Comstock Concert Hall houses two Steinway concert grand pianos, including a spectacular new Hamburg Steinway purchased from the Hamburg factory in June 2019. In addition, the hall has a 64-rank Steiner-Reck organ, the largest of its kind in the Midwest. Also available to students are five harpsichords and a number of practice organs. A class piano lab consists of 20 Yamaha Clavinova keyboards.

Audition Requirements



Degrees of interest to piano majors include:

  • Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Piano Performance, with track in Piano Pedagogy, Composition, Theory, Music History, and Music Therapy
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Pre-Certification)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Minor in Music for undergraduate students
  • Master of Music in Music Performance with concentrations in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Composition, Theory, Music History, or Conducting
  • Master of Music Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education


Piano Performance (BM) Track Requirements 

Piano Performance (MM) Track Requirements

For additional information:

Dr. Anna Petrova, Keyboard Area Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Piano
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6640
Fax: (502) 852-1874