In association with the Vocal and Instrumental Performance programs, we provide pianists with performance opportunities and practical collaborative experience in ensemble playing, score reading, and accompanying for auditions and rehearsals. Our pianists fortify their leadership skills at the piano through work with the NYU Broadway Orchestra, mainstage musical productions, chamber opera, song repertoire classes, and coursework devoted to developing collaborative techniques. Degree recitals focus on solo and collaborative repertoire of the student's choice.
A concentration in Solo Piano Performance is also available.
Degree Name: Piano Performance: Collaborative Piano
Academic Plan Code: MUPP
Academic Sub-Plan Code: CPI
Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.
Fall: January 5
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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.
All performance applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must submit their application materials by January 5 and submit their prescreen videos by December 15. 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 February 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.
Proficiency in English
See testing requirements.
Students applying for Collaborative Piano are required to submit pre-screening videos prior to being invited to audition remotely. All pre-screening submissions must be uploaded to GetAcceptd.
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.
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 remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. 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 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.
Pre-Screening Instructions and Requirements
Those applying for the Masters degree in piano Performance (Concentration in Collaborative Piano) are required to submit a video pre-screening submission by December 15. In this process, five short videos will be uploaded via the GetAcceptd protocol.
Applicants will submit five separate videos. Each video should include an introduction and performance of a single composition (or excerpt).
- Please clearly say your name, the city you are from, and the composer and title of the work you are going to present.
- Four collaborative selections should be included. Depending on your area of specialization, they may include instrumental chamber works (no more than 5 performers, including piano); classical song or opera arias; or popular/musical theatre songs (ballads, pop-rock, or compositions from composers such as George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Leonard Bernstein.)
- One solo piano selection must be included demonstrating your technical, interpretive, and expressive strengths.
Pre-screened materials will be reviewed by the Artist Faculty. If a live audition is granted, you will be sent an email invitation, with details about required audition repertoire. Your live audition will include sightreading, as well as performance of prepared repertoire.