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The Piano Program:

Contemporary Keyboard Training at CU Denver

The Piano Program at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) is focused on giving our students the skills and experiences necessary for tangible success in today’s world(s) of music.  The Piano Program is a destination for passionate keyboard students—a program that offers dynamic contemporary training for dynamic contemporary artists.

World-class Learning

Our piano instructors have diverse, high level performing and academic backgrounds.  Students can take piano lessons with faculty who have played everywhere from Dazzle to Carnegie Hall, Japan to Brazil; faculty who have recorded CDs as sidemen, as soloists, as band members, on indie and major labels; faculty who have written music for the screen, for the stage, and for the studio, in all styles; and most importantly, faculty who love to teach.  All CU Denver students—piano performance majors, singer-songwriters, music business, and recording arts majors—have the opportunity for both private piano instruction and lab classes. 

State-of-the-art Resources

Students can create professional quality tracks and charts in one of the best keyboard labs in academia—equipped with Roland keyboard stations, each with an iMac with Logic Pro, Finale, and various multi-media learning resources.  With an overhead mounted camera, projection and screen-sharing, students in the lab can have a birds-eye view of instructors at the piano.  CU Denver​ also has full-scale analog and digital recording studios, and an impressive assortment of vintage keyboards, from Moog to Rhodes.


Piano Performance majors benefit from the hands-on training of ensembles.  Our ensembles provide experience in a variety of styles that professional pianists encounter. 

Ensembles include:

        • Jazz Combo
        • Voz de la Clave (Latin Ensemble)
        • Claim Jumpers (Dixieland Ensemble)
        • Pop/Rock Ensemble
        • Chamber Ensemble
        • Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
        • Piano Trio Ensemble