Audition & Program Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Prescreening required; must be video recording.

For Prescreening:

  • The applicant must submit their prescreening online, and it must contain 45 minutes of music representing different styles and historical periods. Repertoire can be divided out into separate videos if desired.
  • Submit an outline of applicant's pedagogical background. This should include a description of the levels of students taught and the format of instruction (e.g. class or private teaching), as well as repertoire, methods, and materials used in teaching.  
  • Respond to the following short essay questions:
    • In what ways does Romantic music depart from the music of the Classical period, and in what ways does it represent continuity? 
    • What musical experience has had the most profound effect on you and why? 

If reviewed favorably, the applicant will be invited to a final virtual audition round.

For Final Audition:

If invited to the final virtual audition round, the applicant will perform for and interview with a music faculty jury. Candidates are expected to prepare 45 minutes of music appropriate for the doctoral level. Solo selections should represent various styles and historical periods from the standard repertoire. Typically, the audition will last approximately 30 minutes. Candidates will be required to submit their audition repertoire in advance. 

Additionally, further pedagogical materials may be required for applicants invited to the final virtual audition round. A video of sample teaching segments may be requested. 

Other Degrees

Master of Music: Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Doctor of Musical Arts: Piano Performance