M.M. in Piano: Chamber Music & Accompaniment


The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the M.M. degree in Piano: Chamber Music & Accompaniment. In all cases a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his or her academic advisor. Customized tracks, including substitutions for required and elective courses, are encouraged but must be planned in advance with the advisor and will require the approval of the Music Department Graduate Committee.


I. Audition Requirements

  • The candidate should perform three major works demonstrating musical and technical ability and a grasp of styles from eighteenth through twentieth centuries, at least one of which is memorized.
  • The candidate will be expected to sightread one or more accompaniments.
  • The candidate will be expected to transpose a simple lied or other art song into keys up to a minor third above or below.
  • The candidate will be given, two hours before they are to be heard, two works as described below; the candidate shall prepare them and then be permitted a brief consultation with a vocalist or instrumentalist prior to performing them for the examining faculty.
    • A nineteenth century lied or comparable work, or an instrumental solo piece
    • A nineteenth century aria, or instrumental concerto, or comparable work


II. Recital Requirements

  • The student shall have prepared a recital of solo piano works which must be performed by memory.
  • The student shall have prepared the equivalent of one and one-half recitals, composed of chamber music and vocal and instrumental accompaniments. This is regarded as a minimum requirement during residency.


III. Course Requirements

559/560 Piano (4 semesters) 16
2 courses chosen from:
525-529 Music History Survey 8
515/517 Studies in Music History
2 courses chosen from:
609/610 Fugue 8
607/608 Contemporary Music Materials
555 Studies in Music Theory
513 Performance Specialties (2-4)
Language Requirement (see V. below)

1 Solo Piano Recital
1 and 1/2 recitals of Chamber Music, and vocal and instrumental accompaniments

Total 32-36


IV. Additional Requirements

In addition to the normal course requirements, the student will be required to take at least two courses in Performance Specialties (Music 513).  These courses are given for two hours credit and can be arranged in one of two ways:

  • By enrolling in MUS 513 as announced by members of the piano faculty at the beginning of the semester. This course meets once a week for two hours.
  • By consulting a member of the piano faculty and enrolling in a tutorial (MUS 600) for work in a specific area, in which case the student would work for one-half hour per week on a private basis.


V. Foreign Language Requirement

No requirement except vocal accompanist: one foreign language (usually French, German or Italian). Diction exams in all three languages for vocal accompanists.