School of Music

Welcome to the Piano Studio!

Dr. Catherine Godes, Professor

Phone: 931-372-3715 | Email:

Office: 314 Bryan Fine Arts Building


Paul Thurmond, Lecturer 

Phone: 931-372-3329 | Email:

Office: 364 Bryan Fine Arts Building

The Piano Studio at Tennessee Tech is dedicated to achieving the highest artistic and professional standards for its students. Pianists at Tennessee Tech have excellent practice facilities and enjoy personalized, hands-on experiences.

The studio is directed by Dr. Catherine Godes, who integrates years of experience as a music educator, collaborative artist, scholar, and performer in her work with each student. Dr. Godes’ personal mission is to help each piano major develop strong technique and play with ease, strength and understanding.

The Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree (MUPE) offers pianists intensive training for performing careers as soloists, chamber musicians
collaborative artists, and provides qualifications for private studio teaching

The Bachelor of Music Education Degree (MUED) provides intensive training for pianists in the entering K-12 Teaching. The culminating experience for this degree is a public performance of both solo and collaborative repertoire.

The goals of the piano program are:

- to teach repertoire from all historical periods
- to provide an understanding of the performance practices within each work
- to provide a deep understanding of piano repertoire
- to develop a strong and natural technique
- to improve skills in sightreading and accompanying

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