Erin Kirk, PhD

Instructor, Music Theory and Musicology
Applied Faculty, Piano

Erin Kirk earned her doctoral degree from Claremont Graduate University while studying with Drs. Peter Boyer, Robert Zappulla, and Nancy Van Deusen. Dr. Kirk’s primary area of study was musicology, developing an interest in the music of Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.  Her doctoral dissertation, “Aaron Copland & Leonard Bernstein: The Twentieth Century Through the Eyes of the Masters” discussed the many writings and teachings of these great composers as they pertained to music and musicians of their contemporary era.  During her time at Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Kirk was awarded the Inaugural Fellowship for the School of Arts and Humanities.


Dr. Kirk graduated with honors from Biola University with her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with the great Jennie Wong.  Her primary focus was in solo piano, but she developed a love of chamber music and all types of collaborative piano, collaborating with faculty and students alike.  During her studies at Biola, Dr. Kirk was chosen to participate in master classes with such clinicians as Menahem Pressler and Howard Karp.  Dr. Kirk was also awarded a Teaching Assistantship for Theory courses, Musicianship, Form & Analysis, Counterpoint, and Orchestration courses. 


As an active collaborative pianist, Dr. Erin Kirk has performed in concert with many world-class musicians, including members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera Company. She has extensive international performance experience, appearing in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, China, Japan, Australia, and all over the United States.


Dr. Kirk has taught at California Baptist University since 2017, teaching courses in Piano, Theory, Musicianship, and Music History.  Dr. Kirk also maintains her own private piano studio.  Prior to joining the faculty at CBU, Dr. Kirk taught for 14 years at Victor Valley College, specializing in Theory and Musicianship courses, as well as Piano.  In addition, Dr. Kirk taught concurrently at California State University, San Bernardino, where she was the staff accompanist for nearly a decade, taught Class Piano, and helped prepare students for piano proficiency.


Dr. Kirk enjoys serving as adjudicator or clinician for piano events, regularly participating as a judge for competitions, festivals, and master classes, including MTAC and MTNA, local, regional and state competitions.  


Dr. Kirk is active in her home church, where she trains worship leaders, teaches Bible study, and champions community and global outreach initiatives.  She has traveled to Haiti twice over the last two years to bring aid to under-privileged families, and to teach music to children.



PhD Musicology Claremont Graduate University 2010

MA Musicology Claremont Graduate University 2004

BM Piano Performance Biola University 2000