Piano studies at TCU are a vital part of the total curriculum of the School of Music. With its long-standing reputation as a strong keyboard school, TCU offers a varied and wide-ranging program to students of many different levels of ability. Piano majors have the opportunity to study with a faculty of internationally known artist/teachers, under a variety of program options. Pedagogy, as well as performance, is offered as a major at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. An excellent group piano program, under faculty instruction, meets the needs of less advanced students.
In addition to the various degree programs available, the School also offers a program for exceptional pianists who seek a conservatory approach rather than the traditional course of study leading to an academic degree with a performance major. This is the Artist Diploma – available to both pre-baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students.
PianoTexas (formerly the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute) functions as a valuable ingredient of the piano area and reflects the desire of the University community to maintain a program that is both first rate and world class. TCU has been an active partner with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since its inception in 1962. Serving as the site for the preliminaries and semifinals, it seemed appropriate that an educational component of the Competition should develop at TCU and evolve into a highly successful annual event.
Students attending Texas Christian University have at their disposal a first-class university, a splendid library, large and small ensembles in which to perform, and specialized studies to meet individual interests and needs. Every facet of music from opera to jazz studies is present. The city of Fort Worth provides a wealth of cultural activity through its superb art museums, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth Ballet, the Fort Worth Opera (the oldest in Texas), and other concert series. The city has become an excellent forum for piano recitals through its exposure to and support of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and also because of the active chapter of the Piano Teachers Forum.
For further information about the TCU Piano Program, contact:
Division Chair, Piano
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500 - Fort Worth, Teas 76129