Music Performance - Piano

  • Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance)
  • Major

The piano is your expressive medium - you love music and desire to share it with people. Unmask your potential and build the technical foundation to breathe vitality and beauty into your musical vision. Embark on your journey to pianistic excellence with our renowned, dedicated faculty.

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Music Music Performance - Orchestral Instrument Music Performance - Organ Music Performance - Guitar Music Performance - Voice

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Program Overview

Compelling music-making requires broad stylistic knowledge, musical depth and advanced technical skills. Our piano students achieve all of the above through weekly, focused one-on-one sessions with primary teachers in addition to regular group studio sessions. You will learn effective practicing methods, use these to develop increased strength, speed and finesse, and apply your new abilities to your creative goals.

Stetson pianist students will master diverse repertoire from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first while developing a thoughtful process for interpreting new works. You will gain technical facility that will allow you to explore an ever broader and more nuanced palate of piano sounds and expression. Our faculty will design an individually tailored study program to help you launch every aspect of your pianism and musicianship to the next level.

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Program Benefits

A stunning campus and exceptional music facilities, including 65 practice rooms, two Steinway concert grands, and a Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand, will inspire you to practice, study and enjoy life. Study organ or harpsichord as a secondary instrument to expand your musical background and repertoire knowledge. You will have many opportunities to perform in the Stetson Piano Scholars Festival as well as the school's weekly recital series, gain critical performance experience to hone stage presence, compete for the chance to perform solo with the Stetson Symphony Orchestra, experience thrilling concerts at our Great Pianists at Stetson series and participate in master classes by internationally renowned visiting artists.

Stetson piano students often pair their passion for music with a significant minor in another subject, culminating in the Bachelor of Music with Outside Field degree. Numerous choices for outside subjects result in successful careers, whether in music or other fields. Some choose Business, with its unique option to stay a 5th year to finish with an additional M.BA By studying at Stetson, you will acquire the tools you need to empower the next phase of your musical and life journey, wherever it leads you.

Faculty

  • Sean Kennard, BM, Curtis Institute of Music, MM, Juilliard School, PSD, Mannes College
    • DMA, Yale University (anticipated 2020)
  • Tammy Miller, MA, University of Central Florida
  • Edit Palmer, MFA, UCLA, Franz Liszt Conservatory
  • Hannah Sun, MM, Juilliard School

Career Significance

By working towards a Stetson music degree in piano you will acquire a vast skill-set essential to achievement in every field of life - creativity, charisma, eloquence of thought and expression, time management, self-analysis, discipline, problem-solving, fine motor skills, artistic collaboration and much more. Our degree programs prepare Stetson grads to achieve success and fulfillment in numerous fields. Many go on to prestigious graduate programs worldwide, renowned performing careers and faculty positions in universities and schools across the country.

Career Outlook

The demand for talent is always high, and students graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, whether in composition, performance or theory, will discover career paths aligned to their specific talents and capabilities. Some students go on to more in-depth study in graduate programs, and some find their calling by bringing music to their communities and schools. The Career Insight tool is built on a national database of job openings, postings and requirements, but for many students in Stetson's School of Music, career connections are made during their course of study and through their practice and performance, and with the guidance of their faculty and colleagues. Approximately one-third of positions related to performing arts and teaching ask for a Bachelor's degree, and nearly half of all openings are for candidates with one to two years of experience — a good indication there is demand for music graduates.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.

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