Master of Music in Piano Performance

Department of Piano

Designed for students seeking thorough preparation for careers as soloists, chamber musicians, accompanists, and teachers. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in piano and have taken two courses in advanced piano literature.


The Master of Music in Piano Performance requires a minimum of 32 credits. Coursework to include:

  • Private piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, and/or chamber music lessons
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Piano Ensemble
  • Musicology, Music Theory, and/or Composition
  • Piano Literature
  • SMTD electives

Final Project

The presentation of a recital.

Students may elect to pursue a double-major in Performance & Chamber Music, which may be completed in two years.

Audition & Interview Dates

For requirement details, please see the Degree Requirements and Term-by-Term Layout for Current Students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the SMTD Graduate Application by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1 for a live audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

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Christopher Harding Chair, performance
Matthew Bengtson piano literature, fortepiano
Amy I. Cheng chamber music
Katherine Collier performance, collaborative piano
John Ellis pedagogy and performance
Arthur Greene performance
Robert Grijalva piano technology
Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn piano pedagogy
Martin Katz collaborative piano, voice literature
Lydia Qiu coordinator of accompanying
Logan Skelton performance