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.

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
    • submit by January 15 for a recorded audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

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