Master of Music in Piano Performance

Through continued development of performance skills and overall musicianship, this degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in performance or teaching, or doctoral study.

Performance opportunities include recitals, weekly studio class, and chamber music. Most student elect to take courses in pedagogy and qualify to teach in the Community Music Program. The program is supported by a wealth of carefully maintained grand pianos as well as a digital piano lab, two harpsichords and a fortepiano. Annually, distinguished pianists provide masterclasses to MU piano students, including recent guests Boris Berman, Malcolm Bilson, Anne Epperson, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Ian Hobson, and Ralph Votapek.


  • Bachelors degree in Piano (or demonstrated equivalent) 
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours 
  • Senior recital 
  • 1 upper-level music history course 
  • 3 credits of 18th-century counterpoint 

If an applicant does not meet the required prerequisites, then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree requirements.

Additional Requirements 

  • Comprehensive Exam Info 
  • See degree specific guidelines on this page 
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree. 
  • A minimum of three credits each are required in both theory and history. 
  • Electives may be 7000-level or higher music or non-music courses, chosen with consultation with the advisor 
  • One recital is a solo recital; the other is a performance of a concerto with orchestra or second piano. 


Instructor, Collaborative Piano
208 Fine Arts Building
Instructor, Collaborative Piano
256 Fine Arts Building
Professor, Piano
Coordinator, Piano & Keyboard Area
141 Fine Arts Building