The Graduate degree in Performance with a Concentration in Piano Performance

The School of Music offers a master of music degree in performance concentration in piano performance. Usually spread over a two year time frame, the degree program is designed so that the candidate  achieves a broad conceptual understanding of the major area through a synthesis of theoretical and historical information as well as the concentration on performance skills.


Applicants must meet the requirements established by the Graduate School and complete its admission process. Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor of music degree from an accredited institution, a minimum grade average of B in all previous course work, and demonstrate an acceptable level of musical accomplishment through an audition. As part of the admission process, all applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music history and theory with an acceptable evaluation on an examination administered at the time of the audition. For suggestions on acceptable audition repertoire, please contact Dr. John O’Brien in the Keyboard Department.

The Curriculum

The core requirements for the master’s degree (courses required of all music graduate students) are outlined in the Graduate Catalog (see the catalog). Also, all candidates for the master of music degree in piano performance shall participate in conducted or coached ensembles as directed by the keyboard faculty. The degree is awarded only after candidates pass a comprehensive oral examination that includes a presentation of a special project and its defense.