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CWU Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239
music@cwu.edu

Piano Studio

In order to study Piano at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Piano Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should be sure to visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for very important transfer student considerations.

Piano keys imageThe piano studio provides a supportive yet challenging environment in which students can develop as artists. This program at Central is designed to give students the opportunity to develop to the fullest as pianists, teachers and individuals. Students are enrolled in a variety of music degree programs. A student’s performance ability, musicianship and musical/aesthetical values are at the core of each degree. Careful attention is paid to performance preparation and to technical understanding and training with success in performance being given the highest priority. 

A relaxed and fluid technique is considered a necessary preliminary to expressive musicianship: students are expected to maintain a rigorous practice ethic, working to develop technical mastery of their instrument. They are guided in the search to find their own musical voice, and afforded numerous opportunities to become comfortable expressing themselves in performance situations. CWU's piano studio provides students with immersive study, weekly lessons and multiple performance opportunities.

Opportunities:

  • Teaching Experience
  • Performance
  • Competitions
  • Ensembles

There is a strong sense of support and community in the piano studio. Pianists are motivated to perform often and are given the opportunity to perform new repertoire in various stages of development. As a result, piano students are able to achieve new levels of excellence while performing challenging repertoire.

With an abundance of Chamber music opportunities piano students are constantly involved in giving ensemble and duo recitals. Each year, our piano professor, in chamber music classes, coaches numerous piano-chamber groups in rehearsal and towards performance. As developing young professionals, piano students learn how to prepare for rehearsals and to come to understand the values of pianistic and interpersonal communication so necessary for a successful chamber performance.