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Keyboard

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

Undergraduate Admission

Audition Requirements – Undergraduate

Apply Now for the Undergraduate Keyboard Area

AUDITION DATES: 

In light of restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, we are accepting pre-recorded video auditions. Applicants must add videos (or video links) to Accept'd under the Media tab. Following the piano faculty's review of application materials, including video auditions, we will invite applicants to participate in a live Zoom interview.

  • To be considered for a live Zoom interview on February 20, application and video recording must be submitted by February 12.
  • To be considered for a live Zoom interview on March 6, application and video recording must be submitted by February 26.

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**


**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:

In light of restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, we are accepting pre-recorded video auditions. Applicants must add video links to YouTube or similar video hosting platforms to Salesforce under the Program Requirements-Video Recording section. Following the piano faculty's review of application materials, including video auditions, we will invite applicants to participate in a live Zoom interview.

 

  • To be considered for a live Zoom interview on February 20, application and video recording must be submitted by February 12.
  • To be considered for a live Zoom interview on March 6, application and video recording must be submitted by February 26.

Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

  • An audition consisting of 2 contrasting works of at least intermediate-level difficulty. Memorization is optional.
  • A link to a video recording, at least 20 minutes in length, of recent teaching (one-on-one and/or group piano)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae

Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Piano

  • An audition, approximately 20 minutes in length, consisting of solo piano works from contrasting style periods (at least late-intermediate/early advanced level). Memorization is optional.
  •  A link to a video of any type of collaborative/chamber performances, approximately 15-20 minutes in length
  • Sightreading Assessment **
  • Résumé or curriculum vita
  • Repertoire list (may include both solo/collaborative works)

 

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

Graduate Assistantships in Teaching and Accompanying

  •  A link to a video recording, at least 20 minutes in length, of recent teaching (one-on-one and/or group piano) or collaborative performance(s)

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

Curriculum

News and Events

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

Keyboard Area Faculty & Staff

NAME AREA CONTACT

Carla Cash

Carla Davis Cash

Piano Area Chair, Piano Pedagogy, Group Piano carla.d.cash@ttu.edu

Daniel del Pino

Daniel del Pino

Piano, Eva Browning Artist-in-Residence ddelpino@ttu.edu

Ben Haugland

Ben Haugland

Jazz Piano ben.haugland@ttu.edu

Tatiana Mann

Tatiana Roitman Mann

Piano, Piano Literature, Undergraduate Piano Degree Coordinator  tatiana.mann@ttu.edu

Nataliya Sukhina

Nataliya Sukhina 

Piano, Collaborative Piano, Collaborative Area Coordinator nataliya.sukhina@ttu.edu
Susan WassSusan Wass Senior Staff Accompanist susan.wass@ttu.edu
Becca ZeislerBecca Zeisler Senior Staff Accompanist becca.zeisler@ttu.edu