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 B.M. and M.M. programs draw dedicated musicians interested in intensive conservatory-style training. The Ph.D. 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. 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, interstudio showcases, studio classes, and salon evenings
  • participate in our nationally-regarded Artist Master Class Series; guests include Barry Snyder, Carlo Guaitoli, Garrick Ohlsson, Ursula Oppens, Nicolas Hodges, Jerome Lowenthal, Jerome Rose, Alan Feinberg, Andre Laplante, Yael Weiss, Alan Gampel, Julian Martin, Sarah Davis Buechner, James Giles, Peter Takacs, Logan Skelton, Dianne Birr, Douglas Humpherys, Peter Hill, Malcolm Bilson, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeremy Denk, John O'Conor, Victor Rosenbaum, and Sarah Rothenberg.

Additional events showcasing NYU Steinhardt pianists include festivals such as "Passion and Madness" (featuring Schumann and his contemporaries), "The Festival of Spanish and Latin-American Piano Music," "Tutte le Corde: Piano Music After 1950," and "Bach Night," featuring performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier.

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: B.M., M.M. (Concentrations in Solo and Collaborative Performance) and Ph.D. in Music Performance
Dr. Marilyn Nonken, Director Piano Studies