Piano

Piano

The Music Department offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree. Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or theory.

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.

Faculty

Undergraduate Auditions

The gateway to pursuing a music degree is through auditioning for and being accepted into an applied faculty member’s private studio.

Piano candidates should be prepared to perform two works of contrasting styles that best represent the student's highest technical and musical achievement. Movements of a sonata, concerto, or other standard solo repertoire are preferred. Students should also be prepared to perform from memory the chromatic and all major scales. In addition, a sight-reading excerpt will be required during the audition.

Because of limited space, each professor may only be able to accept a select number of students into their studio each year. Your preparation for the audition is vital to your success.

We look forward to hearing you play for us. Thank you for including us in your musical journey.

The steps for applying to become a music major are:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Submit a Music Major Application.
  3. Ask your two references to submit letters of recommendation to Undergraduate Music Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Undergraduate Admissions.”
  4. To schedule an audition, please contact Tomoko Kashiwagi.

Graduate Auditions for Master of Music Degree or Certificate in Advanced Performance

The choice to pursue musical studies at the graduate level is an important decision in the continuing development of a musician’s skill. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and encourage you to make careful preparation for your audition/interview. This process is vital to your success. 

Students living further than 300 miles away from Fayetteville may submit a DVD with all of the materials listed below.  All requested audition materials should be labeled with the candidate’s name, major instrument, and MM emphasis to be pursued. Materials should be mailed to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions.”

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions.”
  3. To schedule an audition, please contact Tomoko Kashiwagi.

Piano Performance Majors Audition Requirements

Piano performance majors will perform a 45 minutes audition including repertoire from at least three of the four style periods comparable in composition and difficulty to the following examples (original compositions):

  • Baroque: a Prelude & Fugue, a Suite or another work by J.S. Bach (not a transcription), a sonata by Scarlatti
  • Classic: a Sonata, Fantasy, Variations, or Rondo by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • Romantic: a Song without Words by Mendelsson, a Ballade, Scherzo, or Sonata by Chopin, a Nachtstück or larger cyclical piece by Schumann, a piece from the Annees de Pelerinage or any etude by Liszt, an Intermezzo, Variations, or Sonata by Brahms.
  • Modern: a Sonata by Prokofiev, a Klavierstück by Schoenberg, a Prelude & Fugue by Shostakovitch.

Collaborative Piano Major Audition Requirements