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Keyboard Studies

The UNO Keyboard Program is one of the most vital parts of the Department of Music at the University. Our Keyboard Studies program is directed by Dr. James Johnson, a Steinway artist, who is well known for both his piano performance career, and many years of fine teaching. An exceptional and active artist-faculty offers a broad range of instruction in keyboard arts. Weekly master classes and recitals offer virtually unlimited performing opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A variety of guest master classes are presented throughout the year to provide additional professional advice and exposure. Music Scholarships are available for music majors, with special scholarships available for piano majors.

A Casavant pipe organ, heralded as the best ever built by Casavant, is located in the Strauss Recital Hall and is available for students desiring opportunities in organ experiences. UNO Department of Music also boasts a beautiful Steinway D piano and a French double-manual harpsichord in the recital hall. The UNO Henningson Memorial, located next to the Strauss Performing Arts Center, houses a carillon built by the Paccard Founderie de Cloches.

The Department of Music also has a very active MTNA chapter (Music Teachers National Association) which provides some of the many competition opportunities for UNO piano majors. For more information about the UNO Department of Music, or about our various programs, contact Shellie Harden at 402-554-2177 or email to