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.

Prerequisites

  • 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.

Required Courses

8313

Intro to Graduate Study I

2

8314

Intro to Graduate Study II

1

8455

Studio Instruction

8

8753

Piano Repertory I

2

8754

Piano Repertory II

2

73xx

Music History elective*

3

72xx

Music Theory elective*

3

72xx or 73xx

Music Theory or Music History elective

3

8970

Graduate Recitals (1+1)***

2

8846

Chamber Ensemble

2

7xxx-8xxx

Electives**

2

 

Total

30

Additional Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam General Info
  • See degree specific guidelines on this page to the right
  • 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 is a solo recital; the other is a performance of a concerto with orchestra or second piano.