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Degrees for pianists include the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

The piano program at the University of Central Arkansas is outstanding in the southern United States. Thirty minutes from the capital, Little Rock, and the Ozark Mountain parks, UCA has produced pianists who have won top prizes in the East-West Artist Auditions in New York City, the Clara Wells International Piano Competition, numerous regional competitions, and have gone on to study at Eastman, Peabody, Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris, and Manhattan School of Music, to name a few.

Expectations are high for the students, who have the opportunity to study with a variety of world class teachers. There is a strong camaraderie among student pianists, both undergraduate and graduate, who come from as far away as Canada, China, Japan, Greece, Malaysia, Bulgaria, as well as the mid south. There is ample opportunity for performance majors to participate in Master Classes, university, local, and regional competitions, as well as weekly student public performances.


Christine Franklin (applied piano, collaborative piano, piano pedagogy)

Christy Huskey (applied piano, collaborative piano, piano pedagogy)

Kazuo Murakami (Coordinator – Collaborative Studies and Accompanying, applied piano, chamber music)

Neil Rutman (Piano Area Head, applied piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature)

Terrie Shires (applied piano, collaborative piano, piano pedagogy)


Applicants for the BM or Master of Music in Piano Performance must prepare three works by memory from the list below by either live audition or video submission.

* An etude of virtuosity by either Chopin, Liszt

* A major work from the Baroque period

* A major work from the Classical period

* A major work from the Romantic period

* A major work from the French Impressionists or the later 20th century

Performance majors auditioning by video are required to take a virtual sight reading exam.  In addition they will be sent a work to be learned in one week, after which a second virtual hearing will be scheduled to perform the work.

Applicants for the BME, BA with Piano Emphasis, BM in Piano Pedagogy, and one semester Foreign Exchange pianists must prepare the following audition material:

*  Major and minor scales, hands together in all keys

*  Major and minor arpeggios hands together in all keys

*  Two pieces from the classical standard repertoire in contrasting styles, memorized.


A sight reading exam will be given at the audition.


Audition dates are posted on the Music Department webpage. To inquire about an audition at another time, or a special exception or question regarding the above requirements please contact Dr. Neil Rutman.