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 when faculty schedules allow, may enroll for private instruction in piano, organ, harpsichord, and carillon. Regular opportunities for performance include weekly studio class meetings and student afternoon recitals.
Piano study at The University of Montana at both the undergraduate and graduate level is designed to provide an 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 new degree, the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, is designed to prepare pianists for a successful career as a performer and teacher. With a dedicated and 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 pianos in the recital hall: a newly rebuilt Steinway D Concert Grand, and a Yamaha CFIII Concert Grand Piano with Disklavier technology. In addition, there is a Steinway D Concert Grand located in the Dennison Theatre adjacent to the music building. The school has a large complement of Steinway, Yamaha, and Mason & Hamlin pianos for student use. Piano students earn access to the grand and upright pianos in practice and classroom facilities, as well as theKorg digital piano laboratory and Yamaha Disklavier upright pianos.
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, a harpsichord and a virginal. The University of Montana is home to one of only three carillons in the Pacific Northwest. The school has a practice carillon in the music building, and students can perform in the tower of Main Hall for Thursday noon concerts. The organ student will benefit from a complete series of organ courses from literature, pedagogy and service playing to organ construction and design.
The School of Music frequently attracts illustrious keyboard guest artists and clinicians to the campus for residencies and visits. These nationally recognized performers present master classes for students and appear in solo recital and as concerto soloists with such ensembles as the University Symphony Orchestra, The String Orchestra of the Rockies, and Missoula Symphony Orchestra.