Piano Program

Welcome to the piano program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. At UW-L we believe that the piano program is an opportunity for you to explore being a musician in all areas: solo performing, playing with other musicians, being able to hear quality musical performances and studying how to become a polished performer and piano teacher (pedagogy). Personal attention to the development of the person, and not just the musician, plays an important role in the program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


  • A minimum of 30 minutes a week
  • Opportunities to schedule extra lessons or extra coaching for accompaniments
  • Studio Projects have included recording in-progress performances with individual assessments throughout the semester, four-hand literature, and, in fall 2004, a mini-workshop on the mechanics of the piano presented by our UW-L piano technician.
  • Repertoire requirements include standard literature from two or three different stylistic eras. Repertoire selection is determined as a collaborative effort between student and teacher.
  • Over four years of lessons there is an attempt to balance your exposure to styles of music, from Bach and Beethoven to ragtime and Russian nationalists.

Solo Performance Opportunities

  • Piano Studio Classes held Weekly
  • Department Recitals (scheduled on Fridays the last half of the semester)
  • Master Classes (approximately once a semester)
  • Senior Recital (required for all majors in music)
  • Community Performances (about once a semester for piano studio)
  • Concerto Competition (performing with an orchestra, held in the spring)

Ensemble Performance Opportunities

  • Accompanying other students
  • Chamber Music Course Number (MUS 161)
  • Jazz Bands
  • Accompanying Choirs
  • As a member of the orchestra and wind symphony