Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.


Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.


Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.


Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Piano Preparatory Department

About the Department

The Piano Preparatory Department at SMU is a community music program designed to bring outstanding piano education to children ages 6 - 18. We are also a learning laboratory where SMU graduate students complete their teaching practicum. They work as Piano Preparatory faculty while learning the profession of piano pedagogy.

We offer comprehensive music instruction through a unique, time-tested combination of group and private piano lessons.

The department has three primary goals:

  • To achieve musical excellence while developing in our students confidence, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility.
  • To nurture students' ability to learn the language of music.
  • To open for exploration the world of music for our students through the study of classical piano, music theory, and history.

Spring 2014 Calendar for Performance Classes Groups 4-9

Piano Preparatory Department May Recitals

Chase Dobson, student of Alfred Mouledous and member of the Piano Preparatory Department at SMU, will have his  First Piano Concerto premiered by Lucille Chung with Dallas Symphony Orchestra next season! For information on the performance and to acquire tickets, click here.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



Welcome to the Division of Music

About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies





Faculty and Staff

Dallas Resources

Student Resources

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

2014 SMU Music Educators Workshops

SMU Institute for Piano Teachers

SMU Institute for Young Pianists

Piano Preparatory Department

Programs of Study


Student Achievements

Departmental Policies and Procedures

Student Practice Expectations