The music major in piano performance is one of the most popular areas of study at music schools around the country. It gives students the skills to succeed in a variety of professional job opportunities in music, and it develops skills that are highly desirable in other fields as well. Students with performance degrees may aspire to teach piano privately or in groups in a variety of settings. Many also develop careers as collaborative pianists and perform in ensembles. Those who pursue advanced graduate degrees may ultimately obtain a college teaching position. Additionally, piano majors can be attractive candidates for medical schools and other professional school programs.
The University of Alabama offers a wider range of degrees for pianists than any other school in the state, and we strive to offer a dynamic program that challenges yet meets the needs of all students whether studying as an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral student. Our undergraduates additionally benefit from UA maintaining all of the resources necessary to sustain a thriving graduate program.
All piano students have many opportunities to hear professional performances from faculty and guest artists. Many visitors to campus also teach special master classes for UA students. Guest artists/teachers have included Barry Snyder, John Bloomfield, Robert Roux, Barbara Nissman, Stephen Hough, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Christopher O’Riley, Jerome Rose, John Perry, Natalie Hinderas, Nelita True, and others. Through our endowed fund we are fortunate to have world-famous musicians with us for extended residencies.
Beyond our regularly scheduled audition dates, piano faculty members are available to meet with prospective students, to hear them play informally, and to explain UA programs in more detail. Students and parents are invited and encouraged to be our guest on campus.