The Master of Music with concentration in piano performance prepares students for a career as a concert performer either as a soloist, member of an ensemble or accompanist, and as a teacher of piano. Completion of the degree normally requires four semesters of full-time study. Graduate piano performance majors are required to give a one-hour lecture recital on a topic of their choice in consultation with the applied teacher and piano faculty.
Applicants should perform a 30-minute audition. All music must be performed from memory. Audition repertoire requirements include:
- One significant work, or prelude and fugue of J.S. Bach.
- One work of a Classical composer (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven).
- One significant work or group of works by a Romantic composer (Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mendelssohn) of at least five minutes duration.
- A significant work or group of works by an Impressionist and/or 20 th Century composer (Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Copland, Ginastera, Scriabin) of at least five minutes duration.
When a distance of 300 miles or more is involved, a student may submit an audiotape or videotape of his or her performance. In such cases, the applicant must begin by announcing his or her name, the date and nature of the audition.