Keyboard Studies

Keyboard Studies

About the program

The Keyboard Studies faculty at San José State University is composed of internationally renowned performing artist/teachers who nurture and inspire future performing artists, music educators, and scholars at the highest professional levels. At SJSU, a substantial amount of individual instructional attention as well as ample performing opportunities allow students to experience unlimited growth as musicians.

All keyboard majors at San José State University receive 60-minute applied lessons each week, taught one-on-one by our faculty. Chamber music, collaborative piano, ensemble keyboard, and jazz classes are offered to prepare our pianists for versatile performing careers. In addition, piano majors complete courses in pedagogy, piano literature, and piano technique. Special courses are offered each year such as “Beethoven Sonatas and their Performance Practice," which focuses on the original intentions of the composer and offers performance and practice on historic keyboards, and “The Complete piano works of Maurice Ravel," which considers Ravel from an historical and cultural perspective.

Piano students at SJSU regularly come in contact with world-class artists who are invited by the School of Music and Dance to teach master-classes and perform for the students. In recent years, the roster has included legendary pianists Anton Kuerti, Charles Rosen, Menahem Pressler, John Perry, Ruth Slencynzska, Mack McCray, and Hans Boepple.

SJSU's Beethoven Center is home to a Historical Keyboard Collection that spans 300 years of keyboard history. Including clavichords, harpsichords, and fortepianos, the collection can be seen being performed in special concerts.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music, Performance
  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Music, Composition
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education
  • Master of Music, Performance
  • Master of Music, Music Education
  • Master of Music, 
  • Minor in Music

Faculty

Audition Information

Visit the Auditions page for details on the audition process.

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