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. 


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

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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. 

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


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


Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

Question or Want More Information?

Glauser School Admissions
musicadmissions@kent.edu | 330-672-2172

Scholarships, Financial Aid & Graduate Assistantships

Scholarship & Financial Aid


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. 


  • 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?

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


  • 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


  • $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.


  • 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.


Email bands@kent.edu

Graduate Assistantships


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. 



  • 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


  • 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.

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Audition Dates and Procedures


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

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Please note: Live auditions will now be offered virtually. Prospective students will be able to meet with and play for faculty from their performance area on a specific day, at a specific time to simulate an in-person experience.

  • Recorded Virtual Auditions are accepted during the fall 2020 semester.
    • For undergraduate scholarship consideration, please submit your audition application and videos by March 13.
    • For graduate assistantship consideration, please submit your audition application and videos by March 1.
  • Live Virtual 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. 3: Application closes Wednesday, March 24, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
  • If none of the dates above work, a special audition date can be arranged. Request this on your audition application!
  • Percussionists: Prospective percussion students will only be able to submit Recorded Virtual Auditions. Requests Live Virtual Auditions will not be accepted. 

*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

  • Recorded 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). 
  • Live Virtual Audition :
    • 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."



Undergraduate Admissions and Auditions Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Piano Studies

Graduate Admissions and Audition Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements
Solo Piano and Collaborative Piano