The UC Santa Barbara Keyboard Program offers a comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing professional performance focus within the context of one of the most outstanding universities in the nation. Students receive the finest training and guidance from a dedicated, internationally renowned faculty of artist-teachers, and the program thus provides a rich and rewarding learning experience in an atmosphere of artistic and academic excellence. Performance opportunities are an integral part of the Keyboard Program, and include solo and chamber music recitals, studio classes, and performance seminars, master classes by visiting artists, and the Faulkner Gallery Town and Gown Series. Students may also participate in piano ensembles, the Chamber Music Program, the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, and in early music and world music ensembles. In addition, students have numerous opportunities to contribute as accompanists for instrumental and vocal studios as well as for recitals and other performances, gaining diversified and invaluable concert experience in these important career areas.

Degrees Offered


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an emphasis in Music Studies 
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

Learn more about the BA with an emphasis in Music Studies and the Bachelor of Music degrees in the Music Department, Undergraduate Program section of UC Santa Barbara's General Catalog. Find more information on applying to the undergraduate program on the Undergraduate Students page.


  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
  • Combined Master of Music/Doctor of Musical Arts (MM/DMA)

The MM-only time-to-degree is two years. The DMA-only time-to-degree is four to five years (for applicants who have already completed a master's degree at an accredited university). If accepted into the MM/DMA combined program, the time to complete both degrees is five years (once your coursework and qualifying exams are complete, you receive the MM). Learn more about the MM and the DMA Keyboard emphases in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog. Find more information on applying to the graduate program on the Graduate Degrees page.


Robert Koenig | Professor, Collaborative Piano

Paul Berkowitz | Professor, Keyboard

Charles Asche | Senior Continuing Lecturer, Keyboard

John Ballerino | Continuing Lecturer, Collaborative Piano

Natasha Kislenko | Continuing Lecturer, Keyboard

Wesley Arai | Lecturer, Carillon

Notable Alumni

Adam Clark | Full Professor of Piano, Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro)

Anthony Do-Hoon Kim | Conductor of Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra ensembles, San Diego Youth Symphony

Brad Emerson | Instructor of Piano, Velocity Music Academy (Austin, TX)

Sergio Gallo | Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta

Tomoe Hayashi Tsai | Lead Accompanist, Houston Ballet Company

Patty Lee | Faculty member, Opus One Music Studio and Community School of the Arts (Bay Area, CA)

Kacey Link | Author of Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music (Oxford University Press)

Yumemi Masui Turk | Instructor, Turk Music Studio, Inc.

Philipp Richardsen | Associate Professor, Mokwon University (Daejeon, Korea)

Andrew Stewart | Instructor of Music, Goucher College

Sonia Tripathi | Instructor of Piano (former) at the Pittsburgh Center for Young Musicians

Benjamin Turk | Co-founder and Full-instructor at Turk Piano Studios 

Jerico Vasquez | Artist-in-Residence and Full Professor, Shorter University (Rome, GA)

Related Ensembles

Young Artists Piano Quartet

Chamber Music Ensembles

Piano Ensemble

Ensemble for Contemporary Music

Jazz Ensemble and Combos