The piano program at Georgia Southern University serves the needs and interests of pianists in a variety of ways. Members of the piano faculty are specialists in various areas, including performance, pedagogy, collaborative performance, and group teaching. Students audition for permission to enroll in private instruction.

Music majors declaring piano as their primary instrument may pursue the Bachelor or Master of Music degree in Performance, Music Education, or Composition. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts or Minor in Music may also fulfill degree requirements in part through private piano instruction.

Studies in Accompanying, Piano Literature, and Pedagogy round out the pianist’s experience. Students develop collaborative playing skills in a supervised setting. Piano Literature courses offer students the opportunity to explore the wealth of music written for the instrument while gaining understanding about various performance practices, styles, and composers. The Piano Pedagogy program prepares students for piano teaching by providing the tools necessary to work with students of various age groups, backgrounds, and levels of difficulty. Students also have access to a Yamaha Disklavier, an instrument that integrates digital technology with a traditional acoustic piano.

Though designed for music majors, non-music majors with little or no background in piano may request permission to enroll in Group Piano classes. While the ability to read music is strongly recommended for participation in these classes, no prior keyboard experience is necessary. These classes meet in a 16-station state-of-the-art piano lab that offers many options for creative activity. Students may work both individually and in groups during class. All keyboards feature a vast array of sequenced sounds, rhythm patterns, and accompaniment styles. Built in disk drives also allow students to record multiple tracks and save their creations on floppy disks or flash drives.

Degree Programs
Degree Term Course Requirements
Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Choral 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Instrumental 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Performance – Instrumental 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Performance – Piano 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Performance – Voice 4-Year Plan
Music Minor – Applied Music N/A
Music Minor – Music History and Literature N/A
Music Minor – Music Technology N/A
Master of Music – Composition 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Conducting 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Music Education 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Performance 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Music Technology 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Other Opportunities – Second Discipline in Music Technology N/A


Graduate Program
The M.M. in Music Performance gives students an opportunity to work extensively with a teacher/mentor to improve their technical and interpretative skills and to broaden their solo performing repertory. Students take supporting courses in the literature of their instrument or voice type, advanced analysis, and the history of music. The capstone is a full solo recital that demonstrates proficiency in performing a broad range of musical styles.


Piano/Keyboard Faculty
Name Title Email Profile
Murray Murray, David Dr. Professor, Piano;
Head, Keyboard Area
pearsall_tom_small Pearsall, Tom Dr. Professor
Group Piano / Piano
Rocker Rocker, Karla Dr. Academic Professional
Coordinator of Collaborative Piano


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Last updated: 9/6/2016