The largest area within the School of Music, representing 18% of its students, the Piano Area prepares students for professional careers including solo, chamber and collaborative performance, accompanying, and teaching.
Its internationally trained faculty, seven of whom are Steinway artists, offer students diverse and rigorous instruction and preparation for performance. In the past few years, students have won major prizes in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition, the MTNA Piano Competition and the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, among other prestigious competitions.
Opportunities abound for students to expand their performance skills and comfort through solo recitals, orchestral performances and master classes. Past guest artists include Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlssen, Angela Hewitt, and Peter Frankl. Through the school's Piano Preparatory Program, Piano Outreach Program to low-income students and newly-formed Piano Conservatory for gifted young pianists, students have numerous opportunities to test-drive teaching methodologies in supervised learning environments.
An all-Steinway university, the School of Music has some of the finest performance pianos and facilities in the country. Students take private lessons on New York and Hamburg Steinways in faculty offices and choose between several concert Steinway grands in three major performance halls. Practice rooms are equipped with Steinway grands for piano performance majors.
Along with other successful careers paths, many graduates go on to prestigious national graduate programs such as Stanford University, USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, The Peabody Institute, University of Michigan, Mannes College, NYU, Eastman School of Music, Boston University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
BM student Michael Stewart won first place in the 2012 American ProtÃ©gÃ© International Concerto Competition, winning the opportunity to perform in New York's Carnegie Hall.
Recent MM graduate Josh Wright made it to #1 on the Billboard Classic Traditional Chart, beating out Andrea Bocelli, in April 2011.