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 professional music degree that prepares students for future careers as performers and/or teachers, and prepares them for performance study at the graduate level.
Balances music studies in performance, theory, and history of Western art music within the liberal arts context. This versatile degree offers graduates opportunities including graduate school and studying music in combination with other subjects.
Balances broad studies in music, including applied performance, alongside concentration in music industry, preparing the student for a career in music industry.
With All-Level Teacher Certification – the professional education degree, preparing the student to teach in the public elementary and secondary schools in Texas.
Tarleton piano majors have completed music graduate programs across the country. Graduates are presently enjoying careers on college music faculties, as faculty members/directors of music preparatory schools, independent studio teachers, collaborative pianists, church musicians, composers, accompanists, choir directors, and in the music industry.
Attractive financial aid packages are available for prospective students.
Tarleton is fortunate to have a generous endowment for piano scholarships. In addition, the Presidential Honors Program and Dick Smith Premiere Scholarships, with annual scholarships of $7,000-$9,000, are designed for those students with high academic standing. Tarleton piano students are often eligible.
Admission to the piano program is based on an audition consisting of 1) a performance of 2-3 pieces from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, or Twentieth-Century) and 2) academic records.
The curriculum emphasizes interpretation, musicianship, thorough grounding in established solo and collaborative repertoire, music theory, music history, and piano pedagogy. Piano majors perform a junior recital (twenty-five minutes) and senior recital (fifty minutes).
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.