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The Hartt School

Piano

When you choose to study piano at Hartt, you will be immersed in a well-rounded, comprehensive course of study designed to prepare students for professional opportunities. 

About the Major

Hartt offers you the traditional music offerings, intense private lessons, a strong piano pedagogy component, and experience in accompanying.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Undergraduate Diploma
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance - Pedagogy Emphasis
  • Graduate Professional Diploma
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Artist Diploma

Admission and Audition Requirements

The Hartt School will not be hosting live auditions for 2021 applicants due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All applicants will be required to submit a recorded audition.

Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

 

Bachelor of Music

UNDERGRADUATE PERFORMANCE MAJORS

(All works to be performed from memory)

  • One prelude & fugue by J.S. Bach
  • The first movement of a Classical sonata
  • One Romantic work
  • One Impressionistic work or a work written after 1900
ALL OTHER UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS
  • Three contrasting works from different historical periods (preferably one piece to be performed from memory)

Please note: We have students who come to Hartt from across the United States and around the world. That is one of the things that makes a Hartt education so special. Some students are accepted and arrive having had extensive private study on their instruments. Others have had less experience (and perhaps less conventional training), but their natural abilities and great love of music allow them to make remarkable strides in a short period of time because of the expertise of our faculty.

Our requirements are sometimes quite specific to give applicants a sense of where they should be to enter a high-level conservatory environment. However, we encourage applicants to reach out to our faculty members to discuss audition repertoire. It may be that what you have prepared will suffice. Our primary goal is to identify potential, and if we feel that the potential is there, it is then our responsibility to provide each and every student with the tools to be successful.

If you would like to be in touch with a member of the faculty to discuss your audition repertoire, please write to harttadm@hartford.edu.

Master of Music & Graduate Professional Diploma

  • A Prelude & Fugue by Bach or a larger scale work by Bach containing a fugue
  • A complete Classical Sonata (excluding Beethoven Op. 14, 49, 79)
  • A large-scale Romantic work
  • An Impressionistic or post-1900 work

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

The audition repertoire should consist of a complete recital to include the following:

  • A large-scale work by Bach or a Prelude and Fugue containing a 4 or 5 voice fugue
  • A major Classical sonata
  • A major Romantic work
  • A major 20th century work
  • An étude of virtuosity

Keyboard Faculty

Gregory Babal
Assistant Professor of Piano; Traditional Piano
HCD Music
Instrumental Studies

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Frederic Chiu
Senior Artist Teacher
Instrumental Studies

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Margreet Francis
Assistant Professor of Piano; Program Chair: Piano; Dept. Head: Traditional Piano
HCD Music
Instrumental Studies

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Barbara Johnson
Hartt Academic Advisor; Suzuki & Traditional Piano; Artist Teacher of Piano
HCD Music
Dean's Office for Hartt
Instrumental Studies

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Irina Nuzova
Adjunct Piano Faculty
Instrumental Studies

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Kamilla Mammedova
Traditional Piano; Artist Teacher, Piano Department
HCD Music

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Paul Rutman
Professor of Piano
Instrumental Studies

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Anastasia seifetdinova
Piano Faculty
Instrumental Studies

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