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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Future Students

All students who wish to study piano or organ at Kansas State University must audition for the keyboard faculty. The audition establishes the

  • student's technical preparation,
  • demonstrates musicianship skills,
  • current level of performance skills, as well as the
  • student's potential to succeed in lessons and final juries.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact one of the keyboard faculty with any questions about repertoire for the audition and music study at K-State. While a student may have been admitted to K-State, admission into one of the music degree programs with a keyboard major is determined by the keyboard faculty.

Non-music majors are welcome to audition; if they qualify for study, lessons will be offered as studio space is available. Undergraduate scholarship audition dates will be listed as soon as they are announced. Additional scholarship audition times may be arranged by appointment during the rest of the academic year.

View piano audition requirements

Vew organ audition requirements

International and out-of-state students

Recordings (DVD and CD) are accepted in lieu of audition but mostly from international and out-of-state applicants; for others, a personal audition is preferred. Please send all recordings (complete with e-mail address and intended major) to Dr. David Pickering, Keyboard Division Chair, at the following address:

Dr. David Pickering
Keyboard Division Chair
Kansas State University
134 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, Kansas 66506

Dr. Pickering may also be reached by e-mail (dpickeri@ksu.edu) or by phone at 785-532-3830.