UND Piano Program
The UND piano program is nationally and internationally recognized for it's perforance activites and community outreach. It prepares students for a professional career in the field of music.
The piano faculty have substantial experience in solo, concerto, collaborative piano and chamber music performances with broad knowledge in music literature, music theory, piano pedagogy, music business and entrepreneurship.
- Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
- Bachelor of Musical Arts (Piano)
- Bachelor of Music Education (Piano)
- Master of Music in Piano Performance
- Master of Music in Collaborative Piano
- Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy
- Ph.D. in Music Education (Piano Pedagogy)
UND Piano Program offers:
- Undergraduate scholarships, graduate assistantships and graduate tuition waivers.
- Specialized instruction in solo and collaborative piano performance, piano accompanying, chamber music, piano literature, piano pedagogy, music business and entrepreneurship.
- Opportunities to engage into collaborative piano on and off campus
- Opportunities to engage into teaching through partnership with Popplers Music Inc.
- Opportunities to perform in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall which features an Imperial Bösendorfer piano with 96 keys.
- A state of the art keyboard piano laboratory with new 15 Clavinova digital pianos.
- Recitals and master classes with world-renowned guest artists.
- Performance opportunities throughout the region supported by the UND Piano Program and Project 88.
- Help on preparing for auditions, festivals, graduate schools, and competitions.
Schedule a Visit
Prospective students can schedule a visit with keeyboard faculty and receive a free sample lesson (Skype lesson is available). To schedule a visit, contact the Department of Music at 701.777.2644 or UND.music@UND.edu.
UND Piano Alumni Outcomes
Colleen Hathaway (MM in Piano Performance '15)
Why did you decide to attend UND?
When I first decided to go to UND, I entered as a music major, but was not entirely sure that was what I wanted to do. I knew I would have plenty of options at UND if I decided not to pursue music. But I mainly decided to attend UND because I received a scholarship and a tuition waiver, and most of my older brothers and sisters graduated from UND and enjoyed the school.
What did you like about the UND Piano Studio?
The UND piano studio was where I met some of my best friends (and my husband!). We were all going through the same challenges with juggling classes, piano, and life, and we were all there to support each other like a family. Every major has its own challenges, and, as pianists, who typically spend a lot of time practicing alone rather than in an ensemble, it was nice to be able to have fellow piano students to share our struggles with and offer encouragement to. Not only that, but it was nice to know that you would always have friends to perform in front of that would give you honest feedback. As someone who gets very nervous when I perform, it helped to have the members of the piano studio, whom I became very close to, in the audience, cheering me on and challenging me to do my best, and I was happy to do the same for them.
What advice do you have for future piano majors?
Practice time is very important. You will have a certain amount of time to practice every single day and it is imperative that you make it a priority. Enter into college with the mindset that you will be spending a LOT of time at the music building. So take the time to figure out when is the best time for you to practice and put it in your schedule. This will help you find a balance between school and leisure time and make your life more enjoyable!
Farren Rowan (BM in Piano Performance '15)
Piano Instructor at Valley City State University
Daniel Ewens (BM in Piano Performance '15)
Parish Liturgical Music Coordinator at Sacred Heart School
Joshua Gratton (BA in Music/Entrepreneurship/Economics '17)
Piano Sales Manager at Popplers Music, Inc.
Caleb Faul (BA in Music and Philosophy '17)
Graduate Philosophy Major Student at Stony Brook University in NY
The UND Piano Program has invited many renowned musicitions from all over the world.
- Professor Edward Auer (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music)
- Professor Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)
- Professor Guigla Katsarava (Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, FRANCE)
- Professor Mihaela Tomi (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Mannheim, GERMANY)
- Professors Helen Sim and Ningwu Du (Xinghai Conservatory of Music, CHINA)
- Stefano Greco, Yoonie Han, Hyperion Knight (Steinway Artists)
- Takeo Tchinai (Japanese Left-hand Concert Pianist)