Piano: Performance and Pedagogy, M.M.

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Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 32

Program Code: M725 Q511

Required Courses

Students with a deficiency in piano sight-reading will be required to enroll in Studio Accompanying until the deficiency is removed through testing.

Required Courses
Choose 8-12 hours in the following:8-12
Master's-Level Piano for Performance Majors 1
GRRE 5042Graduate Recital-Master of Music Degree2
or MUED 5652
Core Courses
Musicology/Music Literature
Choose any graduate level MUSC or MULI courses6
Music Theory
Choose any graduate level MUTH course 26
Choose one of the following:6-10
Choose 6-10 hours of electives 3
Choose a Piano Pedagogy and Literature emphasis
Total Credit Hours32

Students may not take less than 8 hours of PIAN 5020 and are not allowed to apply more than 12 hours of PIAN 5020 to the degree. Piano majors must enroll in PIAN 5020 for at least two consecutive 16 week semesters. 


Except for any Music Technology courses.


Two semesters of Instrumental Chamber Music may be applied to degree electives. 

Piano Pedagogy and Literature

Students interested in private and/or group piano teaching may develop an emphasis in the piano pedagogy degree program by devoting all of the music electives to study in that area (Choose from the courses listed below). If approved, a workshop for piano teachers may be presented in lieu of the recital performance.

MUED 5612Piano Pedagogy I2
MUED 5622Piano Pedagogy II2
MUED 5642Internship in Piano Teaching2
MUED 5652 12
MUED 5662Teaching Intermediate and Advanced Piano2

MUED 5652 must include a three hour public presentation in teaching techniques and materials for piano teachers. 

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 30 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.