In the Piano area at Florida State our goal is to help students find and achieve their potential at and through the piano, with Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Music degrees in piano performance and degrees in related fields who study piano as their principal instrument. The mentoring process is focused around the weekly private lessons; you will also have weekly studio classes, monthly piano area concerts, duo piano lessons, chamber music coachings, lessons in accompanying both singers and instrumentalists, classes in piano literature classes and pedagogy, and master-classes with visiting artists.
Our students have many opportunities to perform, from Piano Forums to degree and elective recitals,as well as community settings that include churches, private homes and retirement communities. There are 2 concerto contests each year, and solo competitions including an annual Competitive Festival open to all pianists, whose themes recently have been music of Chopin (2010) and of Liszt (2011) to celebrate those composers’ anniversaries. Pianists also take part in a College-wide competition each year to perform in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
We have over 240 pianos with an exciting variety of performance instruments that includes a Fazioli and a Blüthner as well as Steinways from both New York and Hamburg in our 5 performance halls. Our two full-time piano technicians and 2 graduate interns also oversee our other keyboard instruments including 4 harpsichords, 2 clavichords, a fortepiano, a continuo organ and a concert organ.
All major and principal students study with our internationally renowned, resident faculty, who are as dedicated to their students as to their performing. The numbers are kept low enough that each student is known to the entire piano faculty, in a supportive environment.