The Keyboard Area emphasizes a comprehensive curriculum of solo performance, pedagogy, accompanying, and chamber music within a broad array of degree programs. Our students receive thorough training and guidance from renowned faculty giving each student the attention they need. Students have many opportunities to perform not only as soloists, but also in chamber music ensembles coached by faculty as part of the curriculum. Master classes provide an opportunity for collective feedback on the progress of the ensembles and time for the assembled faculty and students to discuss specific topics of interest.

Piano Pedagogy Emphasis

Piano Pedagogy Emphasis is designed to help pianists and teachers develop skills in the art of teaching piano and in operating a financially successful independent teaching studio. Curriculum is structured to the study of teaching materials and approaches for students at all levels and in all age groups from preschool children to adults in retirement. Pedagogy classes are interactive and include teaching demonstrations by faculty and students, guest lectures and field trips to independently owned music schools for observation.


Keyboard Faculty Accomplishments

  • Performed nationally and internationally with such renowned ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, and have collectively been featured on over 20 compact disk recordings.
  • Received numerous Grants and Honors (Fulbright Grant, Meet the Composer Grant, Harold Bauer Award at Manhattan School of Music).
  • Studied with renowned teachers (Mieczyslaw Munz, Gustav Leonhardt, James Tocco, Artur Balsam, Seymour Lipkin, Malcomb Bilson, and Regina Horowitz).
  • Won national and international piano competitions (McEloy piano competition, Lysenko International Music Competition, Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, Milosh Magin International Piano Competition).
  • Performed with internationally recognized musicians (Metropolitan Opera star Rose Bampton, violinist Harold Byers, jazz trumpeter Malachi Thompson, Patti Labelle, and the Supremes).
  • Presented workshops, sessions and facilitated master classes at many National, State and Local Teacher Conferences including the Music Teachers National Association Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the MTNA Collegiate Symposium.



Students who choose this track work with faculty across multiple music disciplines. Here is a link to the faculty in music.

Richard Van Dyke, DMA
Lecturer, Piano
Keyboard Area Coordinator
(859) 572-5792

Annual Winter Conference

Founded in 2009 by Dr. Diana Belland, the Northern Kentucky Winter Pedagogy Conference has drawn local music teachers to the NKU campus to discuss important topics pertinent to music education. This conference has been co-sponsored by Northern Kentucky University Music Program, Northern Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the Ohio Music Teachers Association – Southwest District. Additional funding for this conference has been received through grants from the Music Teachers National Association through the NKMTA and OhioMTA-SW. Featured presenters included Dr. Michelle Conda, University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Dr. Irina Voro, University of Kentucky, Gail Berensen, Ohio University and Dr. Lian Tan, Miami University of Ohio, as well as other local nationally recognized music teachers.