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The undergraduate and graduate keyboard programs are designed for those who wish to develop their performing skills within a multi-faceted School of Music. Students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of their instruments' classical literature through study, coursework, and participation in the rich concert life of the Twin Cities. A graduate program in piano pedagogy is also offered which includes supervised teaching experiences within the school.

Chamber music, accompanying, and collaborative efforts are a high priority with the piano faculty. Supporting this philosophy is the graduate program in accompanying/coaching, established in 1992.


Keyboard Faculty

Lydia Artymiw
Alexander Braginsky
Kyung Kim
Michael Kim
Paul Shaw

Collaborative Piano
Timothy Lovelace

Dean Billmeyer


Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Competition

The Mechelke Scholarship Competition is open to undergraduate piano majors in odd-numbered years (2015) and graduate piano students in even-numbered years (2016). The next competition will take place in the Mechelke home in spring of 2017. Download the Application Form (coming soon).  Learn more about this competition and the reward.