Programs - Piano Studies

MM in Piano Performance with a Concentration in Solo Piano

Acquire the Diverse, Competitive Skills to Succeed as a Professional Musician

Degree: Master of Music in Piano Performance: Solo Piano

Full-time or part-time


Start Date:
Fall, Summer, or Spring semester

Application Deadline:
January 6 (Fall and Summer)
October 1 (Spring)

Develop your skills as a musician and a solo performer. In this master of music program, you will receive intensive, conservatory-style training and attend master classes with leading artists. You will perform regularly both on and off campus, in recitals, ensembles, salon evenings, showcase concerts, and more. 

A concentration in Collaborative Piano Performance and dual degree with an advanced certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy are also available.

What you'll learn
  • A level of excellence in performance that makes it possible for you to enter the field of professional piano performance
  • Knowledge of the repertoire written for piano from the 18th-21st centuries, and of the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, informing the performance of that repertoire
  • A technique that will make it possible for you to perform standard and contemporary repertoire in a fluent and stylistically appropriate manner, and maintain an injury-free career as a pianist
  • The myriad ways that, as professionals, you can share your expertise at the piano and knowledge of the repertoire with your audiences, students, and colleagues, recognizing your role, not only in performing, but in educating audiences about your art form and its history

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. You can complete this degree in three or four semesters of full-time study. 

In addition to the MM program, we also offer an Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and a dual degree incorporating both the master's and certificate degrees.

How you'll learn

Core Courses, Private Lessons, and Performance Practice Electives
You will work with your advisor to tailor the curriculum towards your personal interests and career goals. The 36-point (or credit) program of study consists of private lessons, chamber music coachings, and courses in piano literature and historical performance practices, as well as seminars in music history and practical research methodologies.The degree recital is accompanied by the Graduate Colloquy, a course designed to prepare young artists and scholars for entry into the field.

Study Closely with Internationally Renowned Performers and Pedagogues
You’ll work closely with our renowned artist faculty, professionals who perform regularly at venues in New York City and around the world, from the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, and IRCAM to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. You will learn about the repertoire in two semesters of Piano Literature, study performance practices of all eras, and participate in our year-long master class series.

Performance Opportunities 
As a graduate student in this program, you will have numerous performance
 opportunities: degree recitals and chamber ensemble performances; intimate salon evenings; showcase concerts; festivals such as “Déjà vu: The Art of Transcription,” “Music and Madness: Robert Schumann and His Contemporaries,” and “The Festival of Spanish and Latin-American Piano Music;” and “Tutte Le Corde: Piano Music After 1970.” The pianists of NYU Steinhardt are also sought after to play in traditional ensembles, the Baroque collegium, the New Music and Dance Ensemble, the NYU Symphony, and the NYU Composers Ensemble; at a host of on-campus venues; and on series including Steinhardt at Septodont, and the NYU Tandon Piano Series. 

There are also many professional possibilities for pianists working at NYU:

  • Voice lessons and performance classes
  • Accompanying repertoire classes for strings, winds, and brass
  • Collaborating on student degree recitals
  • Performing at various NYU concerts and functions
  • Teaching private lessons and keyboard skills
For more information about this MM program, please contact

Marilyn Nonken
Program Director