Keyboard Program


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 (ECM), 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 UCSB's General Catalog. Information on applying to the undergraduate program can be found here


There are no vacancies or admissions for Solo Piano study in 2021-2022; no applications will be accepted and no auditions will be held in Solo Piano. Applications for MM Piano Accompanying and DMA Keyboard in Collaborative Piano will be accepted for 2021-22. 

Master of Music (MM)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Combined Master of Music/Doctor of Musical Arts (MM/DMA)
Learn more about the MM, DMA, and the combined MM/DMA Performance degrees in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog. Information on applying to the graduate program can be found here


Robert Koenig | Professor, Collaborative Piano, and Department Chair
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

Graduate Students


Piano Accompanying

Student Achievements

Information coming soon.

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)