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MM, Piano Performance/Advanced Certificate, Piano Performance and Pedagogy

This dual-degree program is designed for high-caliber performers seeking careers in academia as well as the concert hall. The master's portion of the curriculum focuses on performance opportunities, private lessons, chamber music, and advanced courses in piano performance practices. The advanced certificate is composed of pedagogy-centered courses and supplemented by lessons that explore the traditions and lineages that dominate the art of piano teaching and performance in America. 

Options for only the advanced certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and only the MM in Piano Performance: Solo Piano are also available.

Official Degree Title

Master of Music in Piano Performance with a Concentration in Solo Piano and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy


MM Adv Cert

Application Deadline

Fall Start:
January 6

Plan Code





Full-time or Part-time

Admissions Requirements

Basic competence in music theory and history is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to complete a music theory entrance exam and meet history coursework requirements. Based on exam results and review of the student's transcript, up to 8 points of remedial music theory and/or history coursework may be required. Remedial courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements. Detailed information about department music theory and history entrance requirements is available here

All Fall semester performance applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must submit their application materials by January 6. Once deadlines have passed, you may be considered for admission on a space-available basis and for talent-based scholarships if funds remain available. US students should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to be considered for student loans and other school-based scholarships.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

Pre-Screening Materials

Not required.


Scheduling an audition 

Applicants may schedule a live in-person audition or submit a video audition. Live in-person auditions and video auditions will be given equal consideration. Live in-person auditions will be held the first two weekends of February 2024.

Applicants requesting a live audition for fall enrollment must fill out this form by January 15, 2024.

Those submitting video auditions must submit their video through GetAcceptd. Audition videos may be submitted at any point after submitting your NYU Steinhardt graduate application. Fall applicants who submit video auditions by February 23, 2024, will be given priority in consideration for scholarships and teaching appointments.

Audition requirements 

Applicants for the Piano Performance/Advanced Certificate, Piano Performance and Pedagogy must present five works, selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Post-1945 eras. The following, sometimes overlapping time spans should be used as a reference. No two pieces chosen should be from the same time period or overlapping years. Original compositions may be offered as a supplement, but not instead of the Post-1945 requirement. 

  • Baroque (to ca. 1750)

  • Classical (ca. 1750–ca. 1830)

  • Romantic (ca. 1830–1899)

  • Modern (1900–1945)

  • Post-1945 (1945–2024) 

All works must be prepared in their entirety. All must be performed by memory, with exceptions on a case-by-case basis for certain contemporary compositions. Applicants with questions should contact Dr. Manuel Laufer at

Individual works may not be edited, and it is preferred that all repertoire be recorded in a single take.

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials to NYU Steinhardt, Office of Graduate Admissions, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6680.  Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in early April for Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.