Piano

The Piano Division offers top-quality training and mentorship with nurturing faculty 

Kent State is an all-Steinway school. Offering programs in composition, education, performance and more. 


Faculty

Donna Lee, Coordinator of the Piano Division
Andrew “Drew Le, Coordinator of Collaborative Piano
Theron Brown, Jazz Piano
Hana Chu, Instructor and Collaborative Pianist

Private Lessons and Studio Classes

Weekly lessons provide students with an in-depth study of repertoire, technique and pedagogy with a master artist-teacher.

Studio classes are held weekly.

  • These classes give students the opportunity to perform for each other and receive valuable feedback.
  • Masterclasses are sometimes presented by guest artists during this time. 
  • Special topics of interest to pianists and other special events are also held during this time. 

Performance Opportunities

  • Piano undergraduate and graduate majors perform in both solo and collaborative recitals, either their own and/or working with other musicians on their recital.
  • Ensembles: Many large ensembles, including the bands, choir and orchestra, require pianists on most concerts. 
  • Off-campus opportunities include area churches and performances on regional music series. 

Special Features of the Piano Division

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

Masterclasses
Students often play for prominent guest artists in masterclasses. Distinguished clinicians have recently included Andreas Haefliger, Eduardus Halim, Juilian Martin, Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, among many others. 

Kent Keyboard Series 
A staple of the classical music scene in Northeast Ohio, the five-concert Kent Keyboard Series brings many of the country’s 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, Logan Skelton, Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, Thomas Schumacher and many other since its inception in 2001.

Teaching Institute Program 
A pedagogy initiative, this unique opportunity offers the chance for undergraduate and graduate piano majors to gain experience working with pre-college students from across the region in a private lesson environment. Kent State's piano faculty provide insight and guidance. 


Degrees and Programs Offered

Majors

B.A. Music Major B.M. in Composition
B.M. Music Education B.M. in Performance
M.M. in Performance M.M. in Performance: Collaborative Piano

Minors

Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

Question or Want More Information?

Contact
Liz Root
Recruitment Coordinator
eroot1@kent.edu | 330-672-2878


Scholarships, Financial Aid & Graduate Assistantships

Scholarship & Financial Aid

UNDERGRADUATE INFORMATION

Music majors are eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance from a variety of sources.

Several of these programs are administered directly by the School of Music, others are coordinated through Student Financial Aid. It is possible to receive combined assistance from more than one source. 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Awarded for outstanding musicianship upon recommendation of the audition committee at the time of acceptance to the School of Music. One audition applies to both acceptance and scholarship application.
  • Scholarships range in a variety of amounts per academic year and may be available for up to four years (eight semesters) provided students meet academic and performance expectations for renewal.
  • Most of these scholarships are awarded soon after our March audition date.

Questions about School of Music Scholarships?

Contact:
Dana Brown, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies 
dabrown@kent.edu | 330-672-9236


KSU ORCHESTRA SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Service scholarships awarded by the society in support of the activities of Kent State University Orchestra.
  • Awarded to exceptional candidates by the Orchestra Director.
  • Amount of awards vary according to talent and need and may be renewable.
  • May be awarded in addition to other School of Music Scholarships.
  • Continuation of the scholarship is based upon artistic development and fulfillment of service responsibilities.

Marching Golden Flash Award

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • $1,000 divided into two $500 installments between the fall and spring semesters.
  • Recipients must participate in ALL required activities of the Marching Golden Flashes.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Incoming Kent State University first-year students.
  • Past returning members of the Marching Golden Flashes.
  • Must be enrolled in classes at Kent State.
  • Open to students of ANY major at Kent State.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SCHOLARSHIP?

Email bands@kent.edu

Graduate Assistantships

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS OFFERED BY THE GLAUSER SCHOOL OF MUSIC  

The Glauser School of Music offers graduate assistantships in applied music performance, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, string quartet and theory. Appointments begin August of the academic year. 


STIPEND, TUITION WAIVER AND APPOINTMENT DETAILS

Stipend

  • All graduate assistantships (Master’s and Ph.D.) carry a stipend.
  • Ranges: $3,750-$10,000, depending on workload and degree level.

Tuition Waiver

  • Master’s Students: 8 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester

Appointment

  • Graduate assistantship duties are assigned as appropriate for the student’s area of study or expertise.  
  • Workload: 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time) per week.

Learn More and View Anticipated Openings

Audition Dates and Procedures

Auditions

Overview of Audition Dates, Procedures and Requirements

Explore how you can make the Glauser School your musical home!

Who needs to audition?

  • Undergraduate Students: All students interested in any Bachelor of Music (BM) and Bachelors of Arts (BA) programs need to audition in their major performance medium (voice or instrument).
  • Graduate Students: Only those interested in pursuing a Master of Music (MM) in Performance or Conducting need to audition for admission to their program of choice. Students pursuing Master of Arts (MA) programs only need to audition if interested in applied lessons.
  • Music Minors: Those interested in pursuing a Music Minor with a general or Jazz Studies concentration must audition in their performance medium. World Music Minor students do not need to audition for admission to that minor. 
  • Non-majors: Students in other majors need to audition in their performance area if they wish to take applied lessons. 

Audition Dates and Procedures

Spring 2021 Enrollment

  • Virtual Audition Only
  • Deadline to submit the Audition Application:
    •   Friday, January 11, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)

Fall 2021 Enrollment

  • Virtual auditions accepted during the fall 2020 semester.
  • In-person Audition Dates:
    •  Jan. 30*^: Application closes Wednesday, January 20, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    •  Feb. 15*^: Application closes Friday, February 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Mar. 13*: Application closes Wednesday, March 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Apr. 10: Application closes Wednesday, March 31, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
  • If none of the dates above work, a special audition date can be arranged. 
  • Please note: In accordance with the guidance of Kent State University, the School of Music continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All audition dates are subject to change.

*Prospective undergraduate students auditioning on this date will receive full music scholarship consideration.

^Prospective graduate students auditioning on this date will receive priority graduate assistantship consideration.


Follow these steps when completing your audition application

1. Click here to sign-up for an audition.

2. Audition Options

  • Virtual Audition 
    • Select "I wish to submit a recorded audition."
    • Follow the instructions for completing your recorded audition, making sure to follow the repertoire requirements for your performance medium (voice/instrument). 
  • In-person:
    • Select from the dates listed.
    • -OR-
    • Select "I am unable to attend a date listed above but wish to do an in-person audition. I will contact the School to set-up a separate date."

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION


Undergraduate Admissions and Auditions Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Piano Studies

Graduate Admissions and Audition Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements
Solo Piano and Collaborative Piano