Applied Piano Classes

Schreiner’s music department is pleased to serve students through the teaching of applied (private) lessons and also offers a group piano class for beginners. The 1105-00 Applied Piano class meets once a week for a 30-minute private lesson.  This Applied Piano class, along with Schreiner’s Group Piano class for beginners, is ideal for the student who has always wanted an opportunity to study beginning level piano. Applied Piano 1105-00 is a unique opportunity to learn piano for college credit at the foundational level, even for those who have never studied piano before.

For music majors (both non-piano and piano majors) the 2105-00 Applied Piano class, called Piano Proficiency, is required. This course is tailored for the Music Education major. A prerequisite for this course is the ability to play and read piano music and college credit in basic music theory instruction.

For the advanced piano student, we recommend the 3105-00 Applied Piano class. This advanced class meets weekly for one, 60-minute, private lesson.


Students enrolled in lessons work one on one with faculty each week and cover the fundamental aspects of their instrument as well as prepare solo literature that is presented in performance on campus throughout the semester.

Donald E Crandall

Donald E Crandall
Professor of Music

Donald E. Crandall began studying piano at age four in Norwich, New York. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his Master of Music degree. In 1997, Donald Crandall received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Crandall’s instructional experience spans over 30 years to include time at South Shore Conservatory of Music in Hingham, Massachusetts; Powers Music School in Belmont, Massachusetts; University of Texas at Austin, and Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Dr. Crandall served as music director at Schreiner for 17 years and continues to teach Music Theory, Studio Piano, Group Piano, Piano Proficiency, and Sight-Singing and Ear Training. In the year 2000, Dr. Crandall was honored as a recipient of Schreiner University’s Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010, following his 13th year at Schreiner, Dr. Crandall was promoted to Professor of Music.  In 2011, he was awarded the Nancy and Cecil Atkission Professorship for three years.

Dr. Crandall is a frequent performer with the Symphony of the Hills orchestra and has served as featured soloist performing such works as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and I’ve Got Rhythm Variations. Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto “The Emperor,” Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto. He stays engaged in various community activities while performing entertainment music with Harry and the Hightones (swing music), Men in Black (country and classic rock-n-roll), The Mike Kasberg Quartet (jazz), and George Eychner’s Jazz Quartet.

Don Crandall, DMA
Professor of Music
Academic Affairs

Classes Taught
MUSC 1105: Applied Piano
MUSC 1110: Sight-Singing & Ear Training I
MUSC 1111: Sight-Singing & Ear Training II
MUSC 1203: Piano Fundamentals
MUSC 1304: Music Theory I
MUSC 1305: Music Theory II
MUSC 2105: Piano Proficiency
MUSC 3105: Adv. Applied Piano
IDST 1101: Freshman Seminar
IDST 3260: Aesthetic Experience


  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Music
    New England Conservatory
  • Bachelor of Music
    Ithaca College


  • Symphony of the Hills Orchestra
  • Harry and the Hightones (swing band)


  • Recipient of the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000

One of Dr. Crandall’s passions in life is driving his motorcycle through the Hill Country roads in Texas. When he is not on his bike or playing with the Hightones, you may find Dr. Crandall in the gym lifting weights. “But most of all, I enjoy teaching the discipline of music to my Schreiner students.” He began teaching at SU in 1997.