Piano studies at California State University, Stanislaus provide exceptional artistic performance and pedagogy training in a personalized, focused, and nurturing environment. The Piano Performance degree includes weekly 60-minute lessons as well as courses in piano literature, piano pedagogy, accompanying, and chamber music. The curriculum is designed to give students a well-rounded background in essential musical skills to enable them to become practicing musicians and effective teachers and to prepare them for further study at the graduate level.
Department facilities include high-quality newer Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, and Boston pianos that are available for student practice. Piano majors perform frequently in the Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall, which houses two outstanding Steinway concert grand pianos.
Here's what students currently enrolled in the piano program are saying about their experience studying at CSU Stanislaus:
Geoff Baker-Matson, junior majoring in piano performance:
"While studying piano at CSU Stanislaus, I have learned efficient practice approaches that have led me to greater success than I have ever had before."
Prospective Piano Majors
Students interested in majoring in Piano Performance at CSU Stanislaus should prepare to audition during the year prior to admission with two works in contrasting styles from memory. A suggested minimum difficulty level for audition repertoire would include selections from Bach Inventions, Mozart Sonatas, or Chopin Nocturnes.
Contact the Music Recruitment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-667-3844 for information about audition dates or to schedule a visitation or free sample lesson. Students who perform for entrance auditions are automatically considered for a talent-based scholarship, which is a four-year award for entering freshmen, and a two- to three-year award for transfer students.
Prospective students are also encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Chan, Keyboard Studies Coordinator for further information.