Areas of Study

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Keyboard Studies

Piano students at NIU study privately with William Goldenberg, JeongSoo Kim, and William Koehler. Organ and harpsichord students study privately with James Brown. Jazz piano students study with Willie Pickens and Robert Chappell.

Bachelor's degree options for keyboard majors include Performance, Music Education, Jazz Studies, Composition, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Master of Music programs are available in Performance, the Individualized specialization (which would include Jazz Studies), and Music Education. We also offer the post-master's Performer's Certificate.

Applied keyboard instruction is provided in a variety of private and group settings. In addition to several chamber groups featuring keyboard instruments, students may be assigned as a member of the NIU Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. Keyboard majors also participate as accompanists for instrumental and vocal music majors each semester. The NIU School of Music has several opportunities for jazz performance, and these ensembles are available to any student by way of audition.