- Professor of Piano
- Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
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.
- Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance
- Bachelor of Arts in Music: Sacred Music Emphasis
- Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
- 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 in Piano Performance
- Specialized Studies - Performance (Organ Only)
- Specialized Studies - Piano Pedagogy
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.
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.
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.
Graduate Certificate Programs
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.