Keyboard Studies

Mercer KeyboardsThe Townsend School of Music is committed to developing musicians with the highest level of musicianship and artistry. Within the keyboard area, students experience a multitude of opportunities in both solo and collaborative experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. The School embraces the ideal of student-faculty engagement by structuring small classes which reinforce personal interaction. Classes focusing on piano skills, pedagogy, literature, sight-reading and ear training are part of the core curriculum in the keyboard area. Students receive private instruction from an esteemed artist faculty and have the opportunity to gain extensive performing experience through regular music school recitals, studio classes, chamber concerts, and degree recitals.

Music majors completing a piano degree often continue into excellent Master and Doctoral programs to further studies in performance, collaborative piano and teaching at the collegiate level. The creation of a new graduate degree in collaborative piano emphasizes Mercer's commitment to the development of well-rounded pianists who are prepared for success in today's professional field of music. Chamber music holds an important position in the School and opportunities for collaborative performance are encouraged.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (Performance or Education)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in an Outside Field 
  • Master of Music (Performance, Collaborative Piano, Church Music and Choral Conducting)

Keyboard Studies Faculty

Dr. Jack Mitchener, Chair of Keyboard Studies, Director of Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music, Professor of Organ

Dr. Ian Altman, Associate Professor of Piano

Elizabeth Pridgen, Associate Professor of Piano, G. Leslie Fabian Piano Chair in Music 

Dr. Carol Goff, Helen Wall Rich Professor of Keyboard Performance and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano, musicianship , Professor Emerita of Piano 

Collaborative Staff Accompanist 

Anne Armstrong, Accompanist 

Gail Pollock, Accompanist, Class Piano

Cynthia Smith, Accompanist 

For further information, please contact: Dr. Jack Mitchener at (478) 301-2750 or