The Keyboard Performance program is designed to develop your instrumental technique and stylistic vocabulary so you can excel in a variety of musical contexts, both on stage and in the studio. You’ll gain essential musical skills through a combination of ensemble performance and private lessons tailored to your interests and personal goals. Whether you’re into rock, pop, R&B, Latin, classical or jazz, you’ll have the support of experienced faculty to help you develop your unique artistic identity and create the music you’re most passionate about.
By building a solid foundation in music theory, sight-reading, aural skills, scales, chord voicing, composition and arranging, you’ll graduate prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths as a professional keyboard player.
Ready For The Real World
As a Keyboard Performance major you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment that directly mirrors the music industry. You’ll gain stage experience through the many playing opportunities on campus and around the Minneapolis–St. Paul area. You’ll also learn how to use synthesizers and keyboard technology to enhance live performances and to produce music for your own studio projects. You’ll learn tour management, how to book your own shows, and how to market and promote yourself as an artist. And through our job board, you can find gigs with original bands and commercial groups.
You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. With access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music and arts scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.
Teaching For Tomorrow ℠
To succeed as a professional keyboard player, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of the music business. That’s why our Keyboard Performance degree program focuses on developing your creativity and musicianship while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to accomplish your goals and establish your career.
With a comprehensive education that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll be ready to make and sustain a life in music.
Your Career Path
Graduates of the Keyboard Performance program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:
- Professional Keyboard Player
- Touring Musician
- Session Player
- Music Director
- Sound Designer
- Music Teacher
- Private Lesson Studio