Our renowned international faculty is committed to preparing students for a professional career in performance, both solo and collaborative. Our students consistently excel as winners in international and national competitions and are regularly accepted into the world’s finest graduate institutions and summer music festivals.
Because of our strong faculty, a rigorous musical education, plentiful performance opportunities, and the state-of-the-art facility of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, students will have abundant opportunities and the personal attention needed to develop their gifts. The SMU piano department has received substantial gifts for the purchase and maintenance of pianos, ensuring that our piano majors have plentiful practice time on the finest grand pianos. For the student pianist with smaller hands, SMU is one of only a handful of universities in the nation that offers the opportunity to study, perform, and teach on keyboards with narrower keys fitted into Steinway pianos (using DS standard sizes).
At SMU, students will encounter a rich musical experience on a beautiful campus within close proximity to the downtown Dallas Arts District. The world class Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Dallas Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and other arts organizations all interact with SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts to create a vital cultural life for them. Our 300 music students form a close-knit community for you to engage with, learn from, and enjoy university life.