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When you graduate with your degree in music performance from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a successful career in many professions such as:

  • Concert Pianist
  • Music Teacher
  • Performer
  • Musician

Download the Piano Performance Brochure
Download the Piano Performance 4 Year Degree Plan

The Program

  • Combines theory and practice providing a degree that prepares students for a wide range of work
  • Develops a unique skill set through a variety of learning opportunities
  • Hands-on time with two premier instruments: a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano or our Schlicker tracker organ
  • Log hours in our state of the art recording studio under a former professional studio owner
  • Opportunity to join the Best Semester Program where students study music for a semester in Nashville learning the ins and outs of professional performance

The Professors

  • Hold a wide range of musical expertise
  • One has over 20 years of experience owning/running a recording studio business
  • Desire to see you succeed in the pursuit of your music career
  • Have extensive national and international connections in the music industry

The Preparation

  • SNU graduates hold the knowledge to get great jobs or continue their education
  • Our professors open up their circle of influence and network to help students land their dream jobs
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Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music 
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248

703-437-0700 Phone
703-437-6312 Fax


Christy Kiespert
Christy Kiespert - Music Performance, Piano alumni from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Currently: Runs her own piano teaching studio

Responsibilities: Teaches piano lessons to about 50 different students ranging in age from kindergarten to adults. Each student takes weekly lessons that range from 30 to 90 minutes, performs for their peers during a monthly studio class and participates in two recitals per year. In addition, Kiespert runs a week-long piano camp for 1st through 5th grade students each summer.

In Her Words: “SNU was an integral part of the journey He had for me. The staff, faculty and students there were willing to serve Him in ministry as part of their daily interaction with me. In particular, my private piano instructor, Dr. Steve Betts, was a constant source of wisdom and grace. His faithfulness to serve God planted seeds that are still sprouting in my life.”

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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