Piano | School of Music | Kent State University

Celebrating the distinction of Kent State’s all-Steinway school, the dedicated and esteemed 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 talented and eager to develop their skills. 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 has been on the artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina since 2005.

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 distinguished faculty, with many opportunities to work collaboratively with musicians from the across the School of Music. Specialized literature, pedagogy and other courses are offered to add breadth 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


Students play for prominent guest artists in masterclasses. Distinguished clinicians have 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 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, Logan Skelton, Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, Thomas Schumacher 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 gain experience working with pre-college students from across the region in a lesson environment. Kent State's piano faculty provide insight and guidance. 


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.