Keyboard Studies

With its internationally renowned performance faculty, favorable student-teacher ratio, and first-class facilities, the University of Louisville School of Music trains talented pianists not only from Kentucky, but from all corners of the world. Piano faculty members provide highly individualized instruction for both aspiring performers and teachers. Students cover a wide range of repertoire including music by living composers and have ample opportunities for public performance, collaborative activities, chamber music and supervised student teaching opportunities in the community. The faculty provides expertise and resources to the community, region, and state through public performances and outreach programs for teachers and pre-collegiate students.

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.

Degrees of interest to piano majors include:

  • Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Piano Performance, 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

Generous financial aid is available, including undergraduate scholarships and graduate service awards. Graduate teaching assistantships provide full tuition plus a minimum stipend ranging from $6,000-$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 three Steinway concert grand pianos, including a wonderful 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.

For additional information:

Dr. Naomi J. Oliphant, Keyboard Area Coordinator, Distinguished Teaching Professor
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-0518
Fax: (502) 852-1874
Email:  Dr. Naomi J. Oliphant