The UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts Keyboard Area supports comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs. At the undergraduate level, a student may major in piano performance, organ performance, or jazz piano performance. Keyboard students may also pursue the Bachelor of Music in Music Education or the Bachelor of Arts.
Graduate keyboard students can pursue the MM Music Performance degree, with concentrations in Piano Performance, Historical Keyboard Instruments, Organ, Collaborative Piano, or Piano Pedagogy. UNCG offers the only North Carolina Doctor of Musical Arts degree, with majors available in Collaborative Piano (one of only two offered in the Southeast), Piano, Organ, and Historical Keyboard Performance as well as the only Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historical Keyboard Performance in the region.
Members of the keyboard faculty offer a wide range of backgrounds and expertise in the fields of performance (piano, organ, and historical keyboard instruments), piano and organ pedagogy, piano and organ literature, keyboard harmony, jazz piano, and vocal and instrumental accompanying. They perform regularly throughout the world and can be heard on numerous CD recordings.
For the pre-college student, the faculty offers two one-week summer piano camps in July, attracting 80 students each week. Each year, the keyboard faculty offers a one-day High School Piano and Organ Day of master classes and performances.
Keyboard undergraduate scholarships and graduate assistantships are available. Duties of graduate assistants may include class piano teaching, secondary piano teaching, opera accompanying, studio accompanying, ensemble accompanying and music theory instruction.
Graduates of the Keyboard area hold faculty positions at universities, colleges, conservatories, secondary schools, and other institutions both nationally and internationally. Graduates also establish private teaching studios, freelance as accompanists, hold church positions, and work in many areas of the music business. Many perform professionally as soloists, collaborative pianists, orchestral musicians, and in other capacities.
Please contact any of the Keyboard faculty if you would like to schedule a studio interview or have questions about our school, degrees, student profiles, performance opportunities, the campus environment, or the community of Greensboro. We look forward to your campus visit, your attendance at one of our concerts or your registration for our sponsored events.
UNCG offers the following degree programs for students interested in studying a Keyboard instrument:
The SMC Piano Camp is available to students from Grades 6 through 12 who have studied piano for at least two years, and are currently studying privately. Instruction in piano technique, keyboard literature, basic musicianship, ensemble playing and theory are studied during the week. Each student will receive two piano lessons during the camp and will likely be introduced to the organ, harpsichord and pianoforte. All Piano Camp students will also participate in a mixed chorus. Piano campers enjoy a busy, fun-filled week of learning more about music, performing, and making new friends.Learn More about Piano Camp