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EMU Keyboard Professors:


Why study piano, organ, or harpsichord at EMU?

We understand how music has shaped your life thus far. We are committed to helping you unlock your potential to become the whole musician you've dreamed of becoming.

EMU Music offers:

  • Opportunities to study with professors who are active performing artists regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Teachers who are committed to high standards and individualized attention at weekly lessons and studio classes
  • Significant performance experiences in student recitals, studio recitals, degree recitals, and outreach performances at community venues
  • Multiple collaborations with soloists, chamber musicians, and small and large ensembles
  • Additional coaching at guest artist master classes and joint studio classes
  • First-class guest artist performances
  • Cutting edge improvisation studies, including the annual Improvisation Symposium
  • Excellent instruments, including two Steinway B's in the Alexander Recital Hall and a Steinway D in Pease Auditorium, two concert organs, an exquisite French double harpsichord, and several other practice harpsichords and organs.
  • EMU is actively striving to become a Steinway School
  • A friendly, supportive atmosphere among peers in the studios


Developing your personal artistry is key to piano studies at EMU. Piano majors all receive one-hour weekly private lessons from a tenured faculty as well as a one hour studio class, where students perform for each other. Additionally, our many keyboard guest artists provide master classes. Trang Symposium

Students are expected to practice a minimum of 2 hours per day for 2 credit lessons and 4 hours a day for 4 credit lessons. Students must pass a gateway jury to study piano at the upper level. Students are encouraged to study piano literature and take piano pedagogy courses in early childhood piano and studio piano so that they become effective music educators. EMU early childhood piano pedagogy courses are based on Music Learning Theory.

EMU is actively seeking to become a Steinway School, which means that over 90% of our pianos will be manufactured by Steinway & Sons, internationally recognized as the premiere provider of the most expressive and versatile instruments in existence. We recently took delivery of a new Steinway O for our piano major practice corridor. View video.


EMU organs

Aeolian-Skinner Organ III/59 [Electro-pneumatic] 1961 in Pease Auditorium

Gabriel Kney Organ III/34  [Tracker] 1982 in the Organ Recital Hall

Practice rooms:
Ruhland, II/3 (tracker) c. 1982
Kuhn, II/10 (tracker) 1957
Schantz II/15 (EP) c. 1971

Practice rooms:
Ruhland, II/3 (tracker) c. 1982
Kuhn, II/10 (tracker) 1957
Schantz II/15 (EP) c. 1971

Off-campus organs
Holy Trinity Chapel - Noack II/12  [Tracker]
Faith Lutheran Church – Moeller II/13 (EP)


Keith Hill II - German Baroque (2000)
Challis II (c. 1940)
Sutherland spinet I

The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources