Piano Studies

Piano Studies FAQ


Q. How is my private piano teacher chosen?

A. Each Piano Major has the opportunity to select a private teacher. Begin by discussing this with your current teacher, who may be familiar with our Artist Faculty. Consider the Artist Faculty biographies online carefully, as each teacher has unique strengths and specializations. If you have not chosen a teacher by the time you enroll at NYU, discuss the possibilities with your advisor during registration, and she will place you with the best teacher for your needs and talents. Majors use an online form to sign up for private lessons.

Q: Will I be able to find practice rooms?

A: Yes. NYU Steinhardt has several floors of practice rooms in buildings closely situated along West Fourth Street. Many of these rooms, such as those in the state-of-the-art Kimmel Center, can be reserved online. Additionally, NYU Steinhardt has a unique system in which Piano Majors can schedule reserved practice room time each semester, which guarantees that the rooms with the “best” pianos are available to pianists when they need them.

Q: Will I be able to work with other major teachers in my discipline? If I'm a student of one teacher, will I be able to play chamber music for or perform in master classes of other teachers?

A. Yes. Each Artist Faculty member has areas of specialization, and it is not unusual for students of one teacher to coach with another, on particular repertoire. Additionally, the Artist Master Class Series allows students to work with internationally renowned teachers and performers, as well as other members of the Artist Faculty. In chamber music coachings, pianists collaborate with instrumentalists who play regularly in New York’s top ensembles, such as the New York City Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Festival Mozart Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Ensemble 21, and the Group for Contemporary Music.

Q: Can I double major?
A.Yes. However, it is a significant commitment. Incoming undergraduates begin majoring in one area: Piano Studies. After freshman year, they are encouraged to select a minor. If the student would like to develop that minor as a double major after the sophomore year, and is artistically, academically, and psychologically prepared for the commitment, the student and advisor consider the logistics of the double major.

It is not possible to double major in another area of music requiring the same specialization requirements as the Piano Major.

Q: Will I be able to take courses in other programs in the music department such as Music Ed, Tech, Business, or Therapy?

A.Yes. These programs welcome performance majors, although there are sometimes prerequisites. With the help of your advisor, you will discuss how to integrate these courses into your course of study.

Q: Are there a variety of solo and chamber music performance opportunities?

A. Yes. NYU Steinhardt offers pianists frequent opportunities to perform, in solo and chamber recitals, Salon Evenings, and Interstudio Showcases, as well as concerts presented by the NYU Symphony and Repertory Orchestras, NYU Wind Ensemble, the Steinhardt at Saklad Series, the Subway Series (a collaboration with Columbia University), and the Composer’s Ensemble. Students perform in spaces ranging from the grand Frederick Loewe Theatre to the Tenri Institute, a sophisticated gallery space. All Piano Majors are required to present two solo recitals. It is also common for pianists to take part in the exciting opera and musical theatre productions which take place each semester. View upcoming events here.

Q: If I've had prior formal music training in Music Theory, History, or Aural Comp, am I eligible to test out of any level?

A. Yes. Your performance on placement exams may grant you advanced standing in those classes. You should speak with your advisor and then the Director of Music Theory Studies.