Thank you for your interest in Piano Studies at UALR!
This page will provide you with helpful information and answers to questions you may have regarding piano lessons. Music study at UALR can take several forms. For undergraduates, this includes the BA Music Major, the BM Music Major, the Music Minor, or elective study in music. For graduate students, this includes the Master of Education degree with an emphasis in music, or the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MAIS) degree with an emphasis in music.
For elective piano study, no audition is required. Beginners should enroll in Piano for Non-Majors, MUAP 1150, to start lessons. Students with previous piano training who read treble and bass clef and play hands together at the level of having taken one year of lessons may enroll in private lessons in MUPR 1126 or 1226, by permission of instructor. However, admission to the BA Music Major as a piano principal, or the BM degree as a piano major, private lessons in MUPR 2226 and higher, is by audition only. Auditions are scheduled by appointment during the Fall and Spring semesters, and summer. The technique and repertoire requirement for auditions is explained below. Prospective BA music majors whose principal instrument is piano should prepare a short program according to the following guidelines:
- Two contrasting pieces. Each piece should represent a different historical style (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth Century).
- At least one of the selections should be performed from memory.
- Students are encouraged to present music that shows their highest technical proficiency. The minimum repertoire standard for admission as a piano principal is the Intermediate/Moderately Difficult level, comparable to the following list of pieces:
One of the Little Preludes by J.S. Bach
Sonata in G, L. 84/K. 63 or
Sonata in F, L. 75/K. 78 by D. Scarlatti
Sonatinas by Diabelli, Kuhlau
7 Variations on “Nel cor piu non mi sento”
or “6 Variations on a Swiss Song” by Beethoven
An easier Song Without Words by Mendelssohn
An easier prelude by Chopin, such as Op. 28 #4, 6, or 20
A selection from Schumann’s Album for the Young, Op. 68
To a Wild Rose by E. MacDowell
A selection from 15 Children’s Pieces, Op. 27 by Kabalevsky
such as #11 Sonatina, or #8 Etude
A selection from Mikrokosmos, Vol. III by Bartok
A selection from Pour les Enfants by A. Tansman
BM audition requirement in piano at UALR:
The audition program must be performed from memory, and consist of 3 pieces, including:
1) A contrapuntal Baroque composition equivalent in difficulty to a three-voice fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach, such as a sinfonia, or the c minor, d minor, or B-flat P&F from WTC I, or a gigue from one of the French suites.
2) a sonata-allegro movement from a Classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, or Beethoven
3) a Romantic work, such as Brahms “Edward” ballade, Liszt Consolation #2 in E or #3 in D-flat, Chopin Waltz in A-flat Op. 70 #2 or comparable works; an etude by Chopin or Moszkowski, or a work from the Impressionist or Contemporary period such as Debussy prelude “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” or Villa-Lobos “O Polchinelo” or the Khachaturian Toccata or comparable works.
Major and minor scales and arpeggios in 4 octaves; some sight-reading.
BM piano applicants should also submit a list of piano repertoire studied (during the previous four years). The level of difficulty of the audition repertoire performed for the BM must be at the early advanced or higher level.
Students applying for scholarship aid are advised that those auditions (audition dates), held separately by the Scholarship Committee in October and February, are competitive. Repertoire should exceed the minimum level of difficulty for serious scholarship consideration. Please contact us at the Music Department if we can be of further assistance as you prepare for college. We welcome your involvement in our program!
Dr. Linda Holzer
Professor of Music
Coordinator of Classical Piano Studies; Piano;
Piano Pedagogy; Aural Skills; Perspectives on Careers in Music
Phone: (501) 569-8436
For a summary of degree requirements in classical piano, please consult the Guidelines for Piano Principals.