Piano | Kent State University

Celebrating the distinction of Kent State’s all-Steinway school, the dedicated and distinguished faculty in the Piano Division proudly provide students with top-quality training on the finest instruments in a nurturing and educational environment. Our students are eager to learn and grow, and many go on to successfully secure admission and awards at prestigious graduate schools and employment at various arts institutions, among other opportunities.

A dynamic and engaged Faculty

Donna Lee, Coordinator of the Piano Division - With degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, Juilliard School and University of Maryland, pianist Donna Lee enjoys a varied career as a teacher, soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. During the summer, Dr. Lee is the co-director of Kent's Piano Institute and is on the artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Jerry Wong, Coordinator of Collaborative Piano - A graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Wong is an active teacher, performer and collaborator. Recent engagements as a clinician, adjudicator and lecturer have brought him to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sichuan Conservatory, and Indiana University, among others. 

Programs and Courses

Kent State University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, performance and music education, including a new graduate level concentration in collaborative piano. Enrolled students study privately with our esteemed faculty, with many opportunities to work collaboratively with musicians from the across the School of Music. Specialized literature, pedagogy and other courses are also offered to add breath and depth to the curriculum. 

Masterclasses and Unique Learning Opportunities 

The Piano Division offers many unique opportunities to students enrolled in the program and the greater Northeast Ohio community

Kent Keyboard Series 

A staple of the classical music scene in Northeast Ohio, the five-concert Kent Keyboard Series brings many of the countries pre-eminent performers and pedagogues to Kent State University. These artists perform in Ludwig Recital Hall and also regularly hold masterclasses for our students. Recent guests include Eduardus Halim, Cahill Smith, the Westhuizen Duo, Sandra Shapiro with violinist Ivan Ženatý, Peter Takács, and many other since its inception in 2001. More information about the current season can be found by clicking here

Teaching Institute Program 

A pedagogy initiative, this unique opportunity offers the chance for undergraduate and graduate piano majors to work with pre-college students from across the region in a lesson environment. 

Piano Institute 

For 10 days each summer, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music becomes the home of 14 highly talented piano students in grades 7 – 12. Students attending the Institute work with Kent State University faculty and renowned guest artists.  More information can be found by clicking here


For more information, please contact Dr. Donna Lee, coordinator of the piano division, at dlee3@kent.edu or 330-672-9241.

For more information about the new collaborative piano concentration, please contact Dr. Jerry Wong at jwong1@kent.edu or 330-672-9243.