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The music major in piano performance is one of the most popular areas of study at music schools around the country. It gives students the skills to succeed in a variety of professional job opportunities in music, and it develops skills that are highly desirable in other fields as well. Students with performance degrees may aspire to teach piano privately or in groups in a variety of settings. Many also develop careers as collaborative pianists and perform in ensembles. Those who pursue advanced graduate degrees may ultimately obtain a college teaching position.  Additionally, piano majors can be attractive candidates for medical schools and other professional school programs.

The University of Alabama offers a wider range of degrees for pianists than any other school in the state, and we strive to offer a dynamic program that challenges yet meets the needs of all students whether studying as an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral student.  Our undergraduates additionally benefit from UA maintaining all of the resources necessary to sustain a thriving graduate program.

Undergraduate degrees include:

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance – for students who wish to focus on piano performance and related courses in pedagogy and literature
Bachelor of Science in Music Education – for students who wish to be certified to teach in public schools
Bachelor of  Music in Music Therapy – for students who wish to be certified to work as musicians/therapists in hospitals or other such settings
Bachelor of Arts – a liberal arts degree for students who wish to focus on academic study in music and non-music courses while also including performance in their curriculum

Graduate degrees include:

Master of Music – for students who have completed undergraduate study and wish to pursue advanced study in piano performance
Doctor of Musical Arts – for students who have completed the masters degree and wish to pursue the most advanced level of study in piano performance

All piano students have many opportunities to hear professional performances from faculty and guest artists. Many visitors to campus also teach special master classes for UA students. Guest artists/teachers have included Barry Snyder, John Bloomfield, Robert Roux, Barbara Nissman, Stephen Hough, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Christopher O’Riley, Jerome Rose, John Perry, Natalie Hinderas, Nelita True, and others. Through our endowed fund we are fortunate to have world-famous musicians with us for extended residencies.

Beyond our regularly scheduled audition dates, piano faculty members are available to meet with prospective students, to hear them play informally, and to explain UA programs in more detail. Students and parents are invited and encouraged to be our guest on campus.

Spring 2014 Audition Dates:

Saturday, January 11
Monday, February 17
Saturday, March 1 (Last audition date for priority scholarship and assistantship consideration)

Please contact Dr. Kevin Chance at regarding any questions about the piano audition process.

Please complete an audition request form prior to the audition date.

For undergraduate audition info, click here.

For graduate audition information, click here.


Audition Requirements

Undergraduate students should prepare at least three memorized works of contrasting style that exhibit musical and technical proficiency appropriate for college music study.  Students should be performing at the least the level of Bach Inventions and Kuhlau Sonatinas at the audition.  Sight Reading will be required at the audition as well.

Prospective masters students should prepare a program of no less than 30 minutes of memorized music that represents at least three contrasting styles.  Prospective doctoral students should prepare a program of no less than 45 minutes of memorized music that represents at least three contrasting styles.  A complete sonata is strongly encouraged.

Please complete an audition request form prior to the audition date.

Please open one of the following links for a detailed application:

UA Piano Competition Application PDF

2014 Organ and Piano Festival

For more information, please visit our information page on the festival.

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