Piano Studies at Tarleton State University
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.
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.
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 music program at Tarleton is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
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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.