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Offering exceptional training for performers and teachers.

Degrees offered in Keyboard Studies at FSU provide exceptional educational opportunities for solo and collaborative performance, pedagogy, scholarship, and specialized professional skills relevant to the field.

With an award-winning faculty and the resources of one of the largest music departments in the country, the College of Music offers exceptional performance training as well as many options for elective courses and specializations across numerous areas for portfolio diversification.

Our students and alumni regularly earn national and international recognition in performance, teaching and research. They have been accepted to prestigious graduate study programs throughout the world; have won numerous competition awards, internships and fellowships; and have earned positions as full-time academic faculty, as artist-faculty and collaborative pianist-performers at summer music festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Outstanding Professional Training

The musical lineage represented by our keyboard faculty honors the finest classical music traditions in the world: our teachers, and their teachers, stand among a legacy of legendary artist-pedagogues.  The vast performing experience of our keyboard faculty is broadened by their ongoing engagement in a wide range of creative scholarship in fields that integrate performing, teaching and scholarship.

We challenge our students to develop sophistication and expertise in all forms of effective professional communication – while performing, rehearsing, listening, speaking, writing, and teaching – and to engage their audiences with authenticity, both in person and via digital platforms.

Engaging Artistic Initiatives

Our faculty champion each student’s unique aspirations by searching out meaningful, strategic ways to build their professional portfolios, enabling them to pursue professional opportunities in regional, national, and international contexts. Students are encouraged to develop their own specialized interests within the fields of performance, teaching, and creative scholarship. Examples include supplemental studies in collaborative or solo performance, pedagogy, or keyboard technology; the engagement of new audiences with innovative outreach initiatives; proactive involvement in conference presentations, festivals, competitions, or recordings; and focused repertoire studies in areas such as early music, new music, sacred music, or music of underrepresented composers.

Strong Community

FSU offers the unique combination of a large comprehensive music program with committed professional mentoring between faculty and students. This fosters a learning environment uniquely suited to equip students to collaborate effectively with one another and promote excellence in their professional spheres of influence.

For more information about Keyboard Studies, contact Heidi Louise Williams.



Keyboard Faculty

Heidi Louise Williams

  • Professor of Piano
  • Coordinator of Keyboard Studies

Iain Quinn

  • Professor of Organ
  • Coordinator of Sacred Music

Stijn De Cock

  • Associate Professor of Piano

Read Gainsford

  • Professor of Piano

David Kalhous

  • Professor of Piano

Deloise Lima

  • Specialized Teaching Faculty II, Collaborative Piano

Valerie M. Trujillo

  • Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying

Li Yeoh

  • Director of the Piano Technology Program
  • Specialized Teaching Faculty I

Diana Dumlavwalla

  • Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy

Natalie Sherer

  • Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching and Collaborative Artist
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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Music: Sacred Music Emphasis

In addition to degree programs for performance majors, organ students in the BA Sacred Music degree pursue rigorous musical training with special emphasis on sacred music, coupled with substantial coursework in areas of study outside of music. College of Music students can also audition to study the organ as a principal study instrument. Further opportunities for secondary study exist for students in the larger College and University, by instructor permission.

Program of Study

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Graduate Programs

Master of Music in Organ Performance
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance
Master of Music in Accompanying
Master of Music in Performance - Opera Coaching
Doctor of Music in Organ Performance
Doctor of Music in Piano Performance
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education - Piano Pedagogy
Doctor of Music in Collaborative Piano

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance

The Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance provides a strategic credential to supplement and enhance the degrees of graduate-level music majors enrolled at the Florida State University College of Music who are already advanced in their classical piano skills, but who have chosen to pursue degrees in musical subjects other than piano performance.

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Specialized Studies Programs

Specialized Studies - Performance (Organ Only)

Undergraduate students only.

Program of Study

Specialized Studies - Piano Pedagogy