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Stephen F. Austin State University

Piano Pedagogy

The School of Music, boasting more than 350 music majors, has assembled an outstanding faculty committed to the professional training of talented students in the areas of music performance, music education, music theory, music history/literature, and composition. The music building features an intimate recital hall, ensemble rehearsal halls, teaching studios, classrooms, and practice rooms for individual student development. Construction of a 30,000-square-foot addition to the music building was completed in 1999. The building contains a midsize concert hall, new rehearsal spaces for the choral and instrumental ensembles and a new percussion studio. The renovation of the original building houses practice rooms, teaching studios, classrooms and administrative offices. The school also occupies teaching areas in the Griffith Fine Arts Building and gives many concerts in the 1,000-seat Turner Auditorium.

Accreditation: The school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools and the Texas Music Educators Association.

Program of Study

Keyboard: Keyboard majors are offered extensive training in technique, repertoire, pedagogy and accompanying. Students may earn a degree in performance and/or an emphasis or certificate in piano pedagogy. Qualified students may teach in the SFA Music Preparatory Division. All keyboard faculty members continue to be very active in solo, concert and chamber concert performances.

Scholarships/Assistantships

The School of Music holds auditions for scholarships each spring for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The largest scholarship awards are offered during the Young Artists Scholarship Auditions (usually at the beginning of March). Scholarship awards up to $12,000 over four years are offered in each program area: keyboard, strings, voice and wind/percussion. Music Activity Scholarships also are available to qualified music majors for participation in major ensembles. Students should contact the school for scheduled audition dates or to schedule an individual audition time. Graduate assistantships also are available each year in the areas of band, choir, orchestra, class piano, jazz studies, trumpet, flute, voice, and concert coordination.

For more information, contact the School of Music at mdevine@sfasu.edu or 936.468.4602.