College of Fine Arts and Design

Piano/Keyboard Studies


Piano Division Events

Saturday, April 26 - Tchaikovsky "Seasons" Concert, 7:30PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning

Tuesday, April 29 - Collaborative Piano Recital, 6PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning

The Piano/Keyboard program at UCO offers a Bachelor of Music degree and Masters of Music in Piano Performance, and minors in Collaborative Piano and Piano Pedagogy.

Piano/Keyboard Division News

About the Program

The Piano/Keyboard program at the University of Central Oklahoma provides students the opportunity to grow as a musician with accomplished and caring teachers. Students can participate in master classes with artist-in-residence and Van Cliburn medalist Valery Kuleshov, as well as with visiting internationally known and acclaimed artists. In the past, UCO has hosted Barry Snyder, Ann Schein, Jose Feghali, and Nelita True, just to name a few.

Student, Tyler King, performs a work by David Maslanka for the composer himself.

UCO Piano Student Performs for Master Class with Composer Maslanka

We not only prepare our students to become excellent soloists, but also give them opportunities for a variety of collaborative experiences.  Playing in the “ClavinOrchestra,” an ensemble of digital pianos directed by Dr. David Forbat, allows pianists to perform all styles of music from the orchestral perspective.  Students also can perform in chamber groups or collaborate with soloists.  Piano majors can pursue in a minor in Collaborative Piano, under the direction of Dr. Sallie Pollack.

Dr. Sallie Pollack works with student, Kangwa Mundende, in her collaborative piano class.

Coaching Session with Dr. Sallie Pollack

Under the mentoring of Fulbright Scholar Dr. Chindarat Charoenwongse, students will gain hands-on teaching experience in both private and group instruction. Through the Pedagogy minor, available to piano majors, students will complete all the work needed to receive National Certification through MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).

UCO is excited to house an ergonomically scaled keyboard for student use, one of very few in the state of Oklahoma.  These keyboards, which are sized slightly smaller than the average, allow students with small hands to practice with less tension and have more repertoire accessible to them.  UCO is also now home to a brand-new harpsichord, custom-made by Brad Bennight, and students can learn to play works in the Baroque or Early Music styles through the UCO Center of Historical Performance.

Standard Piano Size

Hand-span on standard-sized keyboard (6 1/2 inch octave)

Ergonomically Scaled Piano (reduced span)

Hand-span on 6 inch octave keyboard

*The left hand starts on the same bottom note in both pictures for comparison.


All students must audition to be accepted in the Piano/Keyboard program at UCO. We accept freshmen and transfers. For more information about auditions and scholarship opportunities, please click here.

For more information about the Piano/Keyboard program at the University of Central Oklahoma, please contact:

Dr. David Forbat

UCO Piano/Keyboard Division Head

(405) 974-5149