With the training offered at UNT, pianists can develop their talent and broaden their music knowledge to become a solo guest performer with an orchestra, perform with a smaller group, or learn to be a church musician or recitalist. Many keyboard musicians also teach private lessons in schools or colleges.
Our alumni enjoy successful performance teaching careers around the world. They include:
- Anthony Molinaro — concert pianist, recording artist, composer and winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition
- Anastasia Markina — concert pianist, recording artist and winner of the first Bosendorfer International Piano Competition
- Petronel Malan — three-time Grammy Award nominee
- Gabriel Sanchez — Staff keyboardist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Click here for more information about the Piano Placement Exams.
We honor the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Professor Joseph M. Banowetz, who retired this year and died in early July. He began teaching at UNT in 1973 and over the years helped dozens of students create their first professional recording. His own recordings received two Grammy nominations and his book The Pianist's Guide to Pedaling has been published in seven languages. Most recently, he published The Performing Pianist's Guide to Fingering by the Indiana University Press (2021). A Verified Artist on Spotify, Prof. Banowetz had 232,154 listeners from 56 countries during December, 2021 and his total listeners now exceed 16 million.