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Advanced Certificate
Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Designed for advanced pianists seeking careers in academia as well as the concert stage, this advanced certificate goes beyond what you learned in your master’s program and combines theory and practice to help you improve your technique, interpretation, and repertoire. You’ll engage with long-standing traditions of teaching, as well as contemporary performance practices and aesthetics.

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Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

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You’ll participate in private lessons with NYU Steinhardt's artist faculty, elective courses in performance practice and music education, and The Art of the Piano: Pedagogy and Practice, a two-semester course designed specifically for the certificate program and culminating in a public recital. You can also pursue your certificate full or part time to fit within your busy schedule.

You’ll learn performance practices involving a repertoire spanning three centuries, pedagogical traditions that shape our approach to the instrument, and educational perspectives on the art of performance. 

Throughout your program, you’ll gain the skills necessary to pursue careers in academia or the concert hall, as well as participate in opportunities for solo and collaborative performance, ranging from recitals and chamber music to performances with the NYUO¹ and NYUO² orchestras.

Basic competence in music history and theory is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to take advisory exams in both areas prior to arrival; placements will be determined by interpreting the exam results in light of your educational background and the degree program for which you are enrolled. Remedial courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Marilyn Nonken at

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