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Piano Studies


The piano concentration curriculum emphasizes interpretation, musicianship, thorough grounding in established solo and collaborative repertoire, music theory, music history, and piano education.

Past graduates are presently enjoying careers:

  • On college music faculties
  • As faculty members/directors of music preparatory schools
  • Accompanists
  • Church musicians
  • Music educators
  • Established private studio teachers

Performance Opportunities

The piano program includes regular masterclasses and performances by internationally acclaimed pianists, such as Yakov Kasman, silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Traditionally, Tarleton has maintained a relationship with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Performance and professional opportunities are available on campus with Music Teachers National Association and Music Educators National Conference. Additional cultural and performance opportunities are nearby in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex.

Program Objective

  • Provide an intimate environment for talented pianists.
  • Provide intense one-on-one teaching of the highest quality.

Coursework Highlights

The Piano Studies concentration option offers several career-focused courses, such as:

Class Number Class Name
MUSI 1116 Aural Skills I
MUSC 1311 Music Theory I
MUSI 3226 History of Music I
MUSI 3229 World Music
MUSI 4211 Piano Literature
MUSI 4248 Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles
MUSI 4251 Piano Pedagogy

Facilities and Features

Dr. Spotz and students gathered around a Steinway Grand Piano

Instrument Collection

The piano program instrument collection includes

  • two nine-foot concert Steinway grand pianos
  • the Waggener Memorial Organ – a tracker two-manual pipe organ
  • a Richard Kingston harpsichord
  • and several Steinway grand pianos

that are designated for piano majors to practice on.

Female student playing a grand piano on stage in the Fine Arts Center

Performance Spaces

The piano program is part of the Department of Fine Arts, housed in the elegant Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, one of the top performance venues among colleges and universities in the Southwest. This multi-purpose fine arts complex contains three theatres:

  • a 243-seat recital hall
  • an 805-seat auditorium
  • and the workshop theatre
Dr. Leslie Spotz playing piano

Experienced Instructors

Dr. Leslie Spotz, Professor of Piano at Tarleton State University, has been the recipient of numerous awards as an outstanding educator. Dr. Spotz enjoys an international performing career that spans four continents and four decades.