Degree Requirements

Master of Music: Piano Performance and Pedagogy

The MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy requires the successful completion of 18 units (2-year residency) of credit, which focus on teaching, performance and academic study. 

Sample Course Plan

Always check with the Program Coordinator for program requirements.

Year 1

Fall

Winter

Spring

Applied Lessons (461)

Applied Lessons (461)

Applied Lessons (461)

Piano Repertoire (313-1)

Piano Repertoire (313-2)

Piano Repertoire (313-3)

Piano Studies*

Music Studies Elective

Music Ed 435 Psychology of Music Performance**

Piano Pedagogy (315-1 or 459)

Piano Pedagogy (315-2 or 459)

Piano Pedagogy (315-3 or 459)

Recital Hour (340)

Recital Hour (340)

Recital Hour (340)

 

 

Recital (480)

Year 2

Fall

Winter

Spring

Applied Lessons (461)

Applied Lessons (461)

Applied Lessons (461)

(415-1) Advanced Piano Pedagogy

Advanced Piano Pedagogy (415-2)

Advanced Piano Pedagogy (415-3)

Piano Studies*

Piano Studies*

Elective or Internship in Teaching

Music Studies Elective

Music Studies Elective or Internship in Teaching (420)

Recital (480)

Recital Hour (340) 

Recital Hour (340)

Recital Hour (340)

*Choose from Chamber Music (CONDUCT 491), Interpretation of Vocal Repertoire (VOICE 453), Studio Ensembles­ Piano Trios (PIANO 492), Duo Collaborative Coaching (PIANO 429), Harpsichord or Organ study (PIANO 458), Alexander Technique (MUSIC 350) and/or Advanced Accompanying/Recital Prep (PIANO 452).

**One Music Education elective at the 400-level required; It is recommended to take MUS_ED 435: Psychology of Music Performance

Admission to Candidacy

Students are admitted to the Bienen School of Music as applicants for the Master of Music degree, but are not candidates for the degree until they have passed the requirements for becoming a candidate. Admission to candidacy for the Master of Music in Piano is confirmed by playing a qualified jury for the faculty by the end of the third quarter in residence. 

Piano Recitals

Students register for Recital (480) for zero credit in the quarter that the recital is given. A permission hearing is required for all piano recitals. The studio professor or a faculty-designated substitute must attend and pass the student on the recital. Students who do not present their recitals during their residency should pursue Recital Continuation. 

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Questions?

Contact Graduate Services: 
musicgradservices@northwestern.edu 
847-491-5740