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There are many great jobs playing piano or organ in churches. Some are full-time positions, but most pianists do this along with other activities. Depending on your interests, a variety of SFA's music degrees might help you reach this goal.

One of the most common approaches would be to earn a Bachelor of Music in music education with a piano concentration. This will hone your keyboard skills while also preparing you for all-level (kindergarten through twelfth grade) music teaching.

If you don't think you want to have a classroom-teaching job along with your church position, consider the concentration without teacher certification training and pursue the piano pedagogy certificate. This would allow you to teach a private piano studio along with the church piano/organ position. Any combination of these activities can work well together and provide a good income.

Bring your playing skills to the highest level possible by pursuing a BM in performance with a piano concentration. You still can earn the piano pedagogy certificate with this degree. We also offer a master's degree in performance.

No matter which of these programs you pursue, you'll get to work with our world-class faculty professors in piano and organ and have real-life experiences collaborating with other musicians.


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Physical Address:
Wright Music Building
Room 150

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962