Students with an interest in keyboard instruction and performance can draw upon a comprehensive program of study designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and avocational goals. Music majors and minors, as well as non-majors as space permits, may enroll for private instruction in piano, organ, harpsichord, fortepiano and carillon. Regular opportunities for performance include weekly studio class meetings, student afternoon recitals, monthly keyboard division recitals, and performances for visiting guest artists.
Piano study at The University of Montana at both the undergraduate and graduate level is designed to provide enriching and stimulating experience. A well-rounded and intensive curriculum includes piano literature, piano pedagogy, jazz studies, advanced keyboard harmony, accompanying classes and piano ensembles. Our Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree is designed to prepare pianists for a successful career as a performer and teacher. With a dedicated and nationally recognized faculty who are committed to performing and teaching, our students receive instruction and guidance from those who practice what they teach.
The School of Music boasts two beautiful Steinway concert grand pianos, including a new Steinway D Concert Grand. In addition, there is a Steinway D Concert Grand and a Yamaha CFIII Concert Grand Piano with Disklavier technology located in the Dennison Theatre, our large concert hall adjacent to the music building. The School of Music has a large complement of Steinway grand pianos available for student use, and piano students earn access to the dedicated grand piano practice rooms and classroom facilities. There is also a Korg digital piano laboratory with computer stations for composition and digital effects processing.
Organ, Harpsichord, Fortepiano, Carillon
The music building contains a pipe organ in the recital hall, two pipe organ practice rooms, and period instruments including a fortepiano and a harpsichord available for student use. The clock tower in Main Hall on the University of Montana campus is home to one of only three carillons in the Pacific Northwest. The school has a practice carillon in the music building, and students taking lessons can perform in the tower at noon on weekdays. The organ student will benefit from a complete series of organ courses from literature, pedagogy and service playing to organ construction and design.
Celebrate Piano Series
The Celebrate Piano Series attracts illustrious keyboard guest artists and clinicians to campus for residencies and visits. These nationally recognized performers present master classes for students, serve as teachers for our annual Keyboard Festival, and perform in solo recitals. Recent artists include Anderson & Roe, Spencer Myer, Duo Turgeon, Stephen Beus, Lydia Brown, Margery McDuffie Whatley, Barbara Blegen, Jennifer Hayghe, and Bernadine Blaha and Kevin Fitzgerald. The Celebrate Piano Series also includes the wildly popular Pianissimo! and Poco Pianissimo! concerts. In addition, guest artists perform each year with such ensembles as the University Symphony Orchestra, The String Orchestra of the Rockies, and Missoula Symphony Orchestra.