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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.

Undergraduate Admission

Audition Requirements – Undergraduate

Apply Now for the Undergraduate Keyboard Area

AUDITION DATES:

  • February 18, 2017
  • March 4, 2017
  • Private auditions available by appointment. Please email audition request to Dr. Carla Davis Cash.

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

  • An audition consisting of at least 3 memorized compositions from contrasting style periods*
  • Sightreading Assessment**
  • Repertoire List

Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance

  • An audition consisting of at least 3 compositions from contrasting style periods*
  • Sightreading Assessment**
  • Repertoire List

Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Composition, or Music Theory with a Principal in Piano; or Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music with a Principal in Piano

  • An audition consisting of at least 2 compositions from contrasting style periods, at least one of which should be memorized*
  • Sightreading Assessment**

*If a live audition is not possible, you may send or upload to Decision Desk a high quality VIDEO recording of a recent performance.


**The sightreading assessment may be completed at time of audition or before the first semester of enrollment.

Graduate Admission

Audition Requirements – Graduate

Apply Now for the Graduate Keyboard Area

AUDITION DATES:

  • February 18, 2017
  • March 4, 2017
  • Private auditions available by appointment. Email audition request to Dr. Carla Davis Cash.

Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition consisting of 2 contrasting works of at least early intermediate difficulty.* Memorization is optional.
  • A videotape or DVD of your teaching, approximately 20 minutes in length

Master of Music in Piano Performance

  • An audition, approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire*
  • Repertoire List
  • Sightreading Assessment**
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Master of Music in Organ Performance

  • Contact the Keyboard Chair for details

Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition, approximately 20 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods*
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance

  • An audition, approximately 40 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire*
  • Repertoire List
  • Sightreading Assessment**
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance

    Inquire of Keyboard Chair

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition, approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire*
  • A videotape or DVD of your teaching, approximately 20 minutes in length
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Repertoire List
  • Sightreading Assessment**
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Piano Performance

  • An audition, approximately 30 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movements from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire*
  • Repertoire List
  • Sightreading Assessment**
  • A scholarly paper on a musical topic of your choice
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition, approximately 20 minutes in length, consisting of 3 or more compositions or movement from contrasting style periods representing major works of the standard performance repertoire*
  • A videotape or DVD of your teaching, approximately 20 minutes in length
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • A scholarly paper on a musical topic of your choice
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Graduate Assistantship in Accompanying

  • A recording of a collaborative performance of significant works from the chamber and/or vocal repertoire
  • Sightreading Assessment**

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

  • A videotape or DVD of your teaching, approximately 20 minutes in length

*If a live audition is not possible, you may send or upload to Decision Desk a high quality VIDEO recording of a recent performance.


**The sightreading assessment may be completed at time of audition or before the first semester of enrollment.

Curriculum

News and Events

Upcoming Keyboard Events
Please refer to the School of Music Calendar for upcoming events. 

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, 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

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 becca.zeisler@gmail.com

Resources:
Undergraduate Degrees
Graduate Degrees
Audition Policies

Contact

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