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MM, Piano Performance: Solo Piano

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 a dual degree with an advanced certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy are also available. 

Degree Name: Piano Performance: Solo Piano

Academic Plan Code: MUPP

Academic Sub-Plan Code: SPI

Degree: MM

Credits: 36

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 6 
Fall: January 6

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5424

Admissions Requirements

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 Fall semester performance applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must submit their application materials by January 6 and complete their audition by the first weekend of March. 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

Résumé/CV

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.

GRE

Not required.

Transcripts

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.

Letters of Recommendation

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

Proficiency in English
Audition

For the continued safety of all involved, Piano Studies will accept Spring 2022 auditions in two ways.

  1. Applicants may submit video auditions via the GetAcceptd protocol. Audition videos may be submitted at any point after the application for admission. Those who submit videos prior to the audition video deadline of February 27, 2022, will be given priority in consideration for scholarships and teaching appointments.
  2. Under current NYU and public health guidelines, applicants may request an in-person audition (subject to NYU approval).

See the Auditions section for details.

All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition.

2. Apply

Application

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 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 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

Decision

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

Audition Details

For the continued safety of all involved, Piano Studies will accept Spring 2022 auditions in two ways.

  1. Applicants may submit video auditions via the GetAcceptd protocol. Audition videos may be submitted at any point after the application for admission. Those who submit videos prior to the audition video deadline of February 27, 2022, will be given priority in consideration for scholarships and teaching appointments.
  2. Under current NYU and public health guidelines, applicants may request an in-person audition (subject to NYU approval).
    •    Request an in-person audition by emailing Dr. Yoojung Kim
    •    Include the following information for yourself and one (1) guest for in-person access: first name, last name, email address, phone number, and audition date
    •    You and your guest will each receive an email from NYU Campus Safety with instructions to upload your proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
    •    Once approved to be on campus, you and your guest will be required to use the Daily Screener to enter NYU buildings on the day of your in-person audition. You must also bring a copy of your confirmation email from NYU Campus Safety.
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    NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email from NYU Campus Safety or cannot complete the Daily Screener, you will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings. Unapproved guests will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings.
    •    NYU follows prevailing guidance from the CDC, New York State and New York City Health Departments, and NYU’s medical consultants. NYU reserves the right to adjust and/or cancel in-person auditions if public health circumstances change or evolve. For the latest information on NYU’s COVID actions and policies, please visit the NYU Returns hub.

Audition Dates

  • Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022
  • Friday, February 18, 2022
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022
  • Sunday, February 27, 2022: Video audition deadline

Required Repertoire

Applicants for the Master's in Piano Performance Solo Concentration 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. We do not accept original compositions. Applicants with questions should contact Dr. Marilyn Nonken.

  • Baroque (to ca. 1750)
  • Classical (ca. 1750–ca. 1830)
  • Romantic (ca. 1830–1899)
  • Modern (1900–1945)
  • Post-1945 (1945–2022)

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. Marilyn Nonken: marilyn.nonken@nyu.edu.

For video auditions, individual works may not be edited, and it is preferred that all repertoire be recorded in a single take.