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Offering exceptional training for performers and teachers.

Performance degrees in Keyboard Studies at FSU provide comprehensive educational opportunities for student engagement and professional development.

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, broadened by their current engagement in a wide range of creative scholarship in fields that integrate performing, teaching and scholarship, provides students with cutting-edge insight into top-level performing techniques, collaborative skills, and communicative effectiveness as they pursue their own unique professional endeavors.

Our strong, holistic mentoring of students challenges them to develop sophistication and expertise in all forms of professional communication – listening, speaking, writing, teaching, and engaging audiences with sincerity and authenticity – both in real-time, face-to-face encounters and via digital platforms.

Engaging Artistic Initiatives

Students are encouraged to develop their own specialized interests in the fields of performance, teaching and creative scholarship. Examples of this include studies in collaborative performance, specialized training in piano pedagogy, engaging new audiences with outreach initiatives, conference presentations, festivals, competitions, recordings, piano technology, and specialized repertoire studies in areas such as early music, new music, sacred music, or music of underrepresented composers.

Our faculty champion each student’s unique aspirations by searching out meaningful, strategic ways to build their professional portfolios, often creating opportunities for professional collaborations with these students on national and international platforms.

Strong Community

FSU offers the unique combination of a large comprehensive music program with engaged, committed mentoring between faculty and students. Our student alumni are mentoring hundreds of younger performing musicians across the U.S. and abroad, and at every level of professional development. Our current students join an amazing legacy of supportive colleagues as they learn to collaborate with one another, serve the profession, and replicate a culture of collegiality in their own professional spheres of influence.

For more information about the Keyboard program, contact Heidi Williams.

Keyboard Faculty

Heidi Louise Williams

  • Professor of Piano
  • Coordinator of Keyboard Studies

Iain Quinn

  • Associate Professor of Organ
  • Coordinator of Sacred Music

Stijn De Cock

  • Assistant Professor of Piano

Read Gainsford

  • Professor of Piano

Ian Hobson

  • Research Professor of Piano

David Kalhous

  • Associate Professor of Piano

Deloise Lima

  • Specialized Teaching Faculty II, Collaborative Piano

Valerie M. Trujillo

  • Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying
  • Coordinator of Voice and Opera

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

Specialized Studies Programs

Specialized Studies - Performance

Undergraduate students only.

Program of Study

Specialized Studies - Piano Pedagogy