Piano Studies

Welcome to Piano Studies

In Piano Studies at NYU Steinhardt, we develop performers with distinctive artistic profiles, skilled as solo and collaborative players and fluent in musical styles from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The innovative BM and MM programs draw dedicated musicians interested in intensive conservatory-style training. The advanced certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy draws post-masters students interested in the pedagogical traditions that inform contemporary performance practices, and the dual degree allows graduate students to complete the MM and Certificate in just four semesters. The PhD in Piano Performance attracts successful pianists who wish to develop an area of specialization in preparation for distinguished performing careers, university teaching, and scholarly publication. All of our pianists enjoy the diverse offerings of a highly eclectic music department within the academic setting of a major research university.

Piano students:

  • work closely with renowned artist faculty
  • perform in solo recitals, concerto performances, chamber recitals, master classes, honors recitals, studio classes, and salon evenings
  • record in NYU Steinhardt's state-of-the-art Dolan Studios
  • participate in our nationally-regarded Artist Master Class Series; guests have included Garrick Ohlsson, Stephen Drury, Ursula Oppens, Nicolas Hodges, Jerome Lowenthal, Jerome Rose, Alan Feinberg, Andre Laplante, Yael Weiss, Julian Martin, Sarah Davis Buechner, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Peter Takacs, Craig Sheppard, Nina Lelchuk, Logan Skelton, Marioara Trifan, Douglas Humpherys, Peter Hill, Malcolm Bilson, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeremy Denk, Xak Bjerken, John O'Conor, Victor Rosenbaum, and Sarah Rothenberg.

Additional events showcasing NYU Steinhardt pianists include festivals such as "The Festival of Spanish and Latin-American Piano Music," "Tutte le Corde: Piano Music After 1970," and centennial celebrations commemorating Franz Liszt, Erik Satie, Enrique Granados, and Vladimir Horowitz, among others. Our pianists regularly perform at NYU's Septodont Auditorium as well as the Bern-Dibner Library and the Tandon School of Engineering

The Department of Music and Performing Arts offers a warm, collegial atmosphere in which pianists enjoy the support of a dedicated faculty and their peers. Our unparalleled reputation, faculty, and location in the heart of New York City provide students with the opportunities and contacts necessary to launch successful professional careers in the concert hall, the academy, and the music business. The department also offers elective training in Music Technology, Music Education, and Music Business to best prepare our pianists personally and professionally for rewarding careers in today's extraordinary and ever-changing musical universe.


Piano Studies: BM, MM (Concentrations in Solo and Collaborative Performance), Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Dual Degree (MM Solo Concentration and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy), and PhD in Music Performance
Dr. Marilyn Nonken, Director Piano Studies