M.M. in Piano: Solo Performance


The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the M.M. degree in Piano: Solo Performance. 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 two of which are memorized.


II. Recital Requirements

  • A minimum of two recitals in public performances, as described below:
    • One solo recital
    • One chamber music recital
  • The candidate must perform a concerto in a public performance, either as a part of the chamber music recital above, or on a separate occasion. The accompaniment may be on a second piano.
  • One of these programs should include a composition written in one of the recent compositional styles.
  • All piano solo compositions performed on the required two recitals, as well as the Concerto, must be played from memory.


III. Course Requirements

Same as M.M. in Performance requirements.


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.