The Graduate degree with a Concentration in Keyboard Performance Specialist & Pedagogy

The Music, MM Keyboard Performance Specialist & Pedagogy concentration equips today’s pianist with the ability and knowledge for a successful multi-pronged career as a teacher and performer.  Usually spread over two academic years of study this cutting-edge concentration allows the student to customize a program to meet their unique interests and needs.


Applicants must meet the requirements established by the ECU Graduate School and complete its admission process. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from an ECU approved institutionally accredited college or university or an international university deemed to have equivalent credentials as determined by one of our pre-approved foreign institution evaluation servicers, and a minimum average grade of 3.0 in all previous course work. As part of the admission process, all applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music theory with an acceptable evaluation on an examination administered at the time of the audition. Applicants for this degree are expected to audition on the piano. Repertoire guidelines here.

The Curriculum

The core requirements for the master’s degree (courses required of all music graduate students) are outlined in the Graduate Catalog (see university catalog). In addition to instruction in piano and group and studio pedagogy students complete two minor areas of their choice in consultation with their advisor. Minor areas include but are not limited to accompanying, organ, harpsichord, jazz and conducting. Other electives are available in virtually all classical music disciplines. The School of Music offers a wide array of performance opportunities in solo, chamber, vocal accompanying, and large ensembles. Opportunities abound to collaborate with other students in chamber music and student recitals and to participate in master classes with a wide array of distinguished guest artists. The degree is awarded after the candidate passes a comprehensive oral examination that includes the presentation and defense of a special project.

For more information on this concentration contact:
Dr. Keiko Sekino

For more information about School of Music graduate programs contact:
Dr. Jay Juchniewicz, Coordinator of Graduate Studies