Read Gainsford - Coordinator of Keyboard Studies

Our success is demonstrated by our many graduates employed by professional ensembles and universities.

In the Piano program, our goal is to help students find and achieve their potential at and through the piano. The mentoring process is focused around weekly private lessons; you will also have weekly studio classes, monthly piano area concerts, duo piano lessons, chamber music coachings, lessons in accompanying both singers and instrumentalists, classes in piano literature and pedagogy, and master-classes with visiting artists. The area also holds two concerto concerts each year. We have over 240 pianos, with an exciting variety of performance instruments that includes a Fazioli and a Blüthner as well as Steinways from both New York and Hamburg in our 5 performance halls.

The Organ studio offers support to students as they plan future careers in sacred music and concert work. We are very fortunate to have a significant number of teaching and practice organs available both on campus and in nearby churches. While lessons primarily take place on the Holtkamp (3 manual) organ in Opperman Music Hall, we also use the Casavant (3 manual) at Trinity United Methodist Church, the Taylor and Boody (2 manual) at First Presbyterian and the Fisk (2 manual) at St. John's Episcopal Church. We also have three practice organs on campus in addition to continuo organs and a regal.

The graduate program in Accompanying is committed to the training of pianists as collaborators in both vocal and instrumental repertoire. Pianists receive complete and concentrated instruction in recital and chamber music performance, as well as opera and song coaching. Strong attention is placed on the comprehension of languages and a thorough knowledge of foreign language diction. Additionally students may choose the opportunity to study opera coaching and develop the skills necessary to succeed in that field. Most graduates have gone on to work either in academia or in the professional field, including Virginia Opera, Arizona Opera, Shreveport Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Florida Grand Opera.

The Piano Pedagogy program is committed to developing the piano educator of the future. With its diverse thrust that emphasizes piano pedagogy, piano education research and piano performance, FSU is among the elite programs in the U.S. With an excellent job placement record, nearly 100% of our graduates are piano professionals who serve in varied musical environments. The specialized course offerings in piano pedagogy provide opportunities for individualized as well as in-depth study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Music
  Sacred Music
Master of Music in Performance
  Opera Coaching
  Piano Accompanying
  Piano Pedagogy
Master of Arts in Music
  Piano Technology
Doctor of Music in Performance
  Accompanying and Chamber Music
PhD in Music Education
  Piano Pedagogy
Specialized Studies Programs*
  Piano Pedagogy
  Sacred Music
  Theory Pedagogy (graduate students only)
  * - For degree-seeking College of Music students only


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