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Welcome to the site of Texas Tech's vibrant Keyboard Area. We are proud of our talented students, our distinguished and experienced faculty, and our productive learning environment. We maintain our dedication to the highest standards, yet in an atmosphere of flexibility, collegiality and personal mentoring for each student.

Our keyboard community enjoys a spirit of camaraderie and is enriched by the presence of international students, most recently coming to us from China, Mexico, Korea, Canada, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Russia, Taiwan, Chile and Malaysia. A large percentage of our graduates have found professional placements throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Keyboard study at Texas Tech features bountiful performance opportunities, interaction with illustrious guest presenters, a thriving and active student chapter of Music Teachers National Association, and an annual concerto competition.

Degree Offerings:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
    • Including keyboard principal
  • Bachelor of Music in Music
    Fields of Specialization: Music (leading toward teacher certification), Composition, Performance, Theory
    • Includes Piano Performance, Organ Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Arts, Theory and Composition (keyboard principal), Music Education (keyboard principal)
  • Master of Music Education
  • Master of Music in Music
    Fields of Specialization: Composition, Music Theory, Musicology, Pedagogy, Performance
    • Includes Piano Performance, Organ Performance, Piano Pedagogy
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    Fields of Specialization: Composition, Conducting, Performance, Piano Pedagogy
    • Includes Piano Performance, Organ Performance, and Piano Pedagogy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts
    Field of Specialization: Music
    • Includes emphasis in Piano Performance, and emphasis in Piano Pedagogy
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Jazz Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in World Music
  • Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice
  • Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

Dr. William Westney and Wonkyung Kim (DMA, 2012)

Piano Studio

Eliza Tsai-Lin (Ph.D., 2011) and Dr. Carla Davis Cash


Keyboard Faculty
Piano Area Faculty: Dr. Carla Davis Cash, Dr. Lora Deahl, and Dr. William Westney


Keyboard Area Faculty & Staff

Name Area Phone
Carla Davis Cash Keyboard Area Chair
Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Group Piano
(806) 834-3924
Lora Deahl Piano, Piano Literature (806) 834-1029
Thomas Hughes Organ, Music Technology (806) 834-8465
Nataliya Sukhina Senior Staff Accompanist (806) 834-5647
Susan Wass Senior Staff Accompanist (806) 834-6651
William Westney Piano, Piano Pedagogy (806) 834-2842
Becca Zeisler Staff Accompanist


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