Students of the Keyboard Area at the University of Northern Colorado have access to an array of exciting opportunities within and beyond the School of Music. UNC piano students benefit from the regular schedule of recitals and master classes by internationally acclaimed guest artists, such as Frank Weinstock, Marina Lomazov, Anton Nel, Robert Weirich, Stanislav Khristenko and Douglas Humpherys.

In addition to many concerts and performance opportunities, the School of Music hosts the annual three-day Colorado Piano Festival and Colorado Piano Pedagogy Symposium.

Regular chamber music coachings are available with UNC’s complement of world-renowned faculty in both the instrumental and vocal areas. Piano students also have the opportunity to compete to perform with the UNC Symphony Orchestra. Piano and Keyboard students are continuously encouraged to perform and participate in musical events on national and international stages.

Through the personalized advising system at UNC, faculty works closely with each student to design an individualized plan of study that prepares students for professional success.

Excellence in Performance and Education

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts - Music
  • Bachelor of Music - Education
  • Bachelor or Music - Instrumental Performance

Graduate Degrees

  • Graduate Performance Certificate
  • Master of Music - Instrumental Performance
  • Doctor of Arts - Music Performance

Learn more about Undergraduate and Graduate Music Degrees at UNC.

Classes in the Keyboard program may include:

  • Applied Lessons
  • Class Piano
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Keyboard Literature
  • Accompanying and Coaching
  • Chamber Music
  • Supervised Practicum in College Teaching

Career options for graduates of the Keyboard program include:

  • Performer
  • Accompanist
  • Music Educator
  • Graduate School
  • Vocal Coach
  • Chamber Musician

Students who wish to pursue a degree in Music must submit an application for admission into the School of Music and successfully complete an audition, in addition to applying for admission to UNC.

Learn about the Audition & Application process to UNC and the School of Music.

How to Apply

For more information contact faculty. To schedule a visit to the School of Music contact Melanie Poston at (970) 351-1921 or email

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“In the terminal degree of my education in music, UNC has opened up my eyes to how many opportunities there are both now, and after I graduate. I have started every semester with the attitude that I already know what I am going to contribute to the world through music, and every semester I have had multiple professors take individual interest in the skillset I have to offer and inspired me to open new doors that broaden my resume and musical fulfillment.”
Jesse Pierson, DA (2017)

Faculty & Staff

The Keyboard area at UNC boasts an international faculty from China, Poland, South Africa and Namibia that collectively has performed and taught on five continents. These artist-pedagogues are dedicated to guiding and nurturing the artistic and intellectual development of keyboard students through in-depth experiences in musicianship, performance and scholarship.

Lei Weng

Keyboard Area Head, Piano
Associate Professor of Music

Justin Krawitz

Piano and Piano Pedagogy
Assistant Professor of Music

Dana Landry

Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Piano
Professor of Music

Debra Throgmorton


Willem van Schalkwyk

Piano and Opera/Vocal Coaching
Assistant Professor of Music

Adam Piotr Żukiewicz

Assistant Professor of Music