Keyboard Performance


Your Future In Keyboard Performance

Are you a pianist, organist or harpsichordist looking to develop your talents and broaden your music knowledge? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance with a specialization in keyboard at the University of North Texas.

With the training offered at UNT, you might play as a solo guest performer with an orchestra, perform with a smaller group or become a church musician or recitalist. Many keyboard musicians also teach private lessons in schools or colleges.

Our alumni enjoy successful performance and teaching careers around the world. They include:

  • Stewart Wayne Foster — organist at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition
  • Anthony Molinaro — concert pianist, recording artist, composer and winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition
  • Petronel Malan — three-time Grammy Award nominee
  • Anastasia Markina and Gabriel Sanchez — keyboardists with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • K. Scott Warren — organist and choirmaster at Temple Emanu-El in New York and director of music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York

What we offer

By attending UNT, youíll study with others who share your passion for music performance. The College of Music, one of the nationís most comprehensive music schools, provides undergraduate programs in piano performance, harpsichord, organ and piano pedagogy.

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers as well as nationally and internationally known performers. They include gold medalists from the Van Cliburn and Chopin international competitions. We also give you the opportunity to:

  • Access one of the nationís largest music libraries
  • Discover your potential in classes with an average 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Meet some of the worldís top music scholars and artists through specialized lectures and events hosted by the divisions in the college
  • Take advantage of countless solo, chamber music and ensemble opportunities (Ensembles include three orchestras, four bands, nine jazz lab bands, a contemporary music ensemble, an early music ensemble, numerous choral ensembles and at least 40 chamber music groups.)

Our exceptional facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear Performance Hall and the Lyric Theatre. The Music Building houses the Recital Hall and Voertman Hall. Practice facilities include 300 individual and ensemble rehearsal rooms.

To help you pursue your education, we offer music scholarships based on talent and the College of Music audition. The Carl and Margaret Eastman Scholarship offers full tuition and room and board for qualified applicants. Other scholarships and financial assistance programs are outlined at the Financial Aid website.

Our college is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This distinction means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

Former music students include Duain Wolfe, Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; Jeffrey Rathbun, Assistant Principal Oboist with the Cleveland Orchestra; more than 1,600 K-12 music teachers; and numerous singers on rosters of renowned opera houses.

What to expect

Youíll need to be accepted to the College of Music through an audition before majoring in Performance with a keyboard specialization. Auditions are held on campus during the spring semester for enrollment the following school year. If you canít audition in person, you may submit a video or audio recording. For more information about audition dates and admission requirements, visit the School of Music website.

While enrolled at UNT, youíll complete 19 to 28 credit hours of lessons from faculty members, depending on your instrument. Youíll also study music theory and music for your instrument and perform a recital during your junior and senior years. Four semesters of French or German are required if you study the organ.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In the fall of your senior year, apply for admission to UNT and to audition for the College of Music by the first Monday in December. You can apply for admission to UNT at ApplyTexas. The admission application to the College of Music, audition requirements, audition dates and repertoire are on the School of Music website.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.