Music Performance: Piano
WVU offers bachelor of music, master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in piano performance with emphasis in collaborative piano. These degrees offer students wishing to specialize in accompanying an opportunity to study and achieve undergraduate and advanced degrees in this highly demanding and lucrative professional field.
Students develop skills necessary for today’s market, including opera and art song coaching techniques, diction, and vocal and instrumental accompanying. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher. Our alumni are successful artists, performers, educators and teachers.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearMUSC 123B Applied Music: Piano MUSC 127D Applied Music: Saxophone MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - CCA MUSC 300A Band: Symphonic ENGL 101 Composition And Rhetoric
Senior YearMUSC 423A Applied Music: Organ MUSC 423B Applied Music: Piano MUSC 435A Repertoire:Piano MUSC 488 Recital MUSC 472 18th Century Music
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- WVU is among approximately 150 major universities across the country and throughout the world that use Steinway pianos exclusively.
- The WVU Creative Arts Center has four major performance spaces for musicians, including the 1,444-seat Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
- Students can compete for cash awards in the annual Keyboard Festival and Competition.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.