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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

Keyboard Studies

The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a thorough academic foundation and encourages creativity, developing aesthetic awareness in students at every level.  The keyboard department strives to develop the unique interests of all keyboard majors and to expand their horizons.  Our undergraduate and graduate students receive personal attention and are provided with the tools to develop, sharpen, and expand their keyboard skills through performing, teaching, composing, and studying of standard literature.  Our outstanding faculty is committed to nurturing students on a one-on-one basis.

Piano students receive weekly private lessons, and participate in weekly studio classes.   Our comprehensive curriculum supplements the keyboard studies with diverse music courses including those in literature, history, theory, conducting, jazz studies, as well as accompanying.

There are numerous performance opportunities for students, whether their emphasis is piano or organ.  Our piano students earn valuable experience participating in chamber music ensembles and accompanying in applied studios or in one of our ensembles.   Master classes, workshops, and lectures by visiting artists are an added bonus in our students’ learning experience.

Our Goals

Our goal is to provide students the guidance and encouragement to advance in their musical careers.  In today’s competitive world, it is crucial to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to succeed.  Our faculty is devoted to helping students find the program that better meets their educational and professional needs.

Scholarships and Assistantships

            There are many sources of scholarships available to students depending on the result of the audition.  All applicants need to complete their online applications to the university and audition before May 1 of the academic year to be fully considered for scholarships.  Students pursuing a graduate degree may be eligible for a graduate assistantship.  The amount of the awards varies according to the student’s talent, and potential contribution to the department.  Students accepted into the Honors College receive full tuition and housing.

Personal Attention

            With approximately 275 students, the music department offers a low 4:1 student-faculty ratio, small classes and frequent one-on-one instruction.  Every student works closely with his or her mentor, a faculty member who serves as the student’s artistic and academic advisor.

Degrees Offered and Audition Requirements

  • Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Piano Performance
  • Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Piano Pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education (With Certification) ~ Piano Principal
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance
  • Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy

All applicants applying for an undergraduate degree must complete a successful audition that includes the following repertoire:

-Three memorized pieces in contrasting styles (Baroque, Classical, romantic, Impressionism, 20th or 21st Century)

-Major and minor scales and arpeggios


All applicants applying for a graduate degree must complete a successful audition that includes the following repertoire:

-A 20-30 minute audition that includes at least three works from different style periods.  All selections must be memorized


Students interested in an undergraduate or graduate degrees in Piano Pedagogy degree must also complete an interview with the keyboard faculty.

For additional information please contact:

             Dr. Luis Sanchez

            Associate Professor of Piano

            Steinway Artist

            Office: 903-886-5287

            E-mail: luis.sanchez@tamuc.edu