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Master of Music: Piano Pedagogy and Performance Studies

(Non-thesis degree)


In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the School of Music requires an acceptable audition either in person or by taped performance, and submission of repertoire lists as evidence of previous study. 


Required Core – 9 credits

  • MusC 521 Musical Analysis (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • MusH 504 Special Topics
    • MusH 510 History of Jazz
    • MusH 518 Classic and Romantic Music
    • MusH 519 Twentieth Century Music
    • MusH 520 World Music
  • MusX 511 Bibliography and Research (3 credits)

Required Major Courses (17 credits)

  • MusA 524 Individual Instruction: Piano (8 credits)
  • MusA 591 Recital (0 credits)
  • MusA 555 Performance Practices (1 credit)
  • MusT 536 Pedagogy & Materials: Keyboard I (2 credits)
  • MusT 537 Pedgagoy & Materials: Keyboard II (2 credits)
  • MusT 538 Practicum: Class Piano Teaching (2 credits)
  • MusT 538 Practicum: Studio Teaching (2 credits)

(Notes: The recital shall, as approved by the supervisory committee, consist of at least three pieces, of contrasting style periods.  Additionally, a 40-minute lecture-demonstration, which includes a comprehensive oral exam, on a topic related to piano pedagogy is required during the second year of study.)

Two credits in any combination from: (2 credits)

  • MusA 515 Accompanying
  • MusA 565 Chamber Ensemble

Electives (3-4 credits)

Electives are selected by the student in consultation with the supervisory committee. Selection must include, in addition to the required core courses, one course in either music history and literature (MusH) or music theory (MusC). Piano Repertoire is recommended and should be taken for one semester if it is not included in the undergraduate transcript.