UCA Piano Majors at Blanchard Springs Cavern with world renowned Piano Pedagogue, Aiko Onishi.



• Private Instruction

• Piano Chamber Music

• Accompanying

• Class Piano

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, and Manhattan School of Music, to name a few.

Expectations are high for the students, who have the opportunity to study with Carl Anthony, Kazuo Murakami, or Neil Rutman. 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. Degrees for pianists include the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance [3.1.2], the Bachelor of Music in Music Education [3.1.1] (Instrumental and Vocal tracks available) and the Bachelor of Arts in Music [3.2.1].



Christine Franklin (class piano)

Terrie Shires (class piano)


Applicants for the degree Master of Music in Piano Performance and BM in Piano Performance must perform THREE works from the list below by either live audition or video submission. Applicants for the BME, BA with Piano Emphasis, and one semester Foreign Exchange pianists must perform TWO works from the list below by either live audition or video submission.

* An etude of virtuosity by either Chopin or 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

All works must be performed by memory at the time of live audition or video submission.

International students are required to take a sight reading exam by Skype arranged by the Piano Faculty subsequent to the submission of their audition video above. They will then be sent a work to be learned in seven days and a second Skype audition will be held to perform that work.

Audition dates are posted on the Music Department webpage. To inquire about an audition, please  Dr. Neil Rutman.