Piano Studies at Tarleton State University
The piano program is based on (1) an audition consisting of a performance of two pieces from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, or Twentieth-Century) and (2) academic records.
Tarleton emphasizes interpretation, musicianship, thorough grounding in established solo and chamber music repertoire, music theory, music history, and piano pedagogy. Applied organ instruction is available for interested students. Piano majors perform a junior recital (twenty-five minutes) and senior recital (fifty minutes).
The piano program is designed to provide an intimate environment for talented pianists. The smaller studio size provides intense one-on-one teaching of the highest quality. Applied piano instruction is always with the professor.
One of the Safest College Campuses in Texas
Tarleton is located in the heart of Stephenville, which was recognized in both editions of The 100 Best Small Towns in America. Students have found the friendly, supportive learning environment and the quality of life to be distinct advantages.
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
The music program at Tarleton is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The program includes regular masterclasses and performances by internationally acclaimed pianists, such as Yakov Kasman, silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Traditionally, Tarleton has maintained a relationship with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Performance and professional opportunities are available on campus with Music Teachers National Association and Music Educators National Conference. Additional cultural and performance opportunities are nearby in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex.
The piano program is part of the Department of Fine Arts, housed in the elegant Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, one of the top performance venues among colleges and universities in the Southwest. This multi-purpose fine arts complex contains three theatres: a 243-seat recital hall, an 805-seat auditorium, and the workshop theatre. There is a 16 keyboard piano lab and computer lab. The instrument collection includes two nine-foot concert Steinway grand pianos, the Waggener Memorial Organ – a tracker two-manual pipe organ, a Richard Kingston harpsichord, and several Steinway grand pianos that are designated for piano majors to practice
Attractive financial aid packages are available for prospective students.
Tarleton is fortunate to have a generous endowment for piano scholarships. In addition, there are many academic scholarships, including an annual scholarship of $5000 offered by the Presidential Honors Program, for students with high academic standing. Many Tarleton piano students are eligible.
Tarleton piano performance majors have been accepted into music graduate programs at:
- Southern Methodist University (M.M. – Piano Pedagogy)
- Texas Christian University (M.M. - Piano Pedagogy)
- University of North Texas (M.M. – Composition)
- University of Texas at Austin (M.M. – Composition, D.MA. – Piano Performance)
- Indiana University – Bloomington (M.M. – Piano Performance)
- Penn State (Ph.D. – Music Theory)
Graduates are presently enjoying careers on college music faculties, and as faculty members/directors of music preparatory schools, accompanists, church musicians, music educators, and established private studio teachers.