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The Piano principal study is available in the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and Diploma of Music, and involves instrumental lessons, performance workshops and masterclasses.

Our piano staff come from around the world and have a proud history that has included luminaries such as Laurence Godfrey Smith, Alexander Sverjensky, Isador Goodman, Gordon Watson and Nancy Salas. Our current staff are performing and recording artists, international prize winners, jury members, lecturers and examiners.

Our students, too, have made their mark in major competitions and in the programs of the Australian National Academy of Music. Today, our Graduate Diploma, Master of Music and Doctoral programs attract increasing numbers of Australian and international students. Geoffrey Parsons, Richard Bonynge and Roger Woodward are counted among our alumni.

In addition to individual lessons and chamber music, students may study accompaniment, early keyboard, orchestral piano and repetiteur work. Solo performance opportunities include weekly concert practise, concerts, and regular masterclasses given by pianists such as Pascal Rogé, Louis Lortie, Arnaldo Cohen, Joanna MacGregor, Peter Donohoe, Paul Lewis and Lang Lang.

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Graduate opportunities

Piano students will develop as professional musicians who will reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession. Graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

Career pathways

− artist agent − arts administrator − audio engineer − chamber/orchestral musician − concert manager − concert soloist − conductor − contemporary musician − ethnomusicologist − event producer − festival or venue manager − jazz musician − music journalist − music producer − musicologist − orchestra manager − piano accompanist − private studio teacher − school music teacher

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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