BM in Piano Performance

BM in Piano Performance

Prepare for a Career as a Professional Musician

This bachelor of music program combines a conservatory-style sequence of music theory, history, and piano literature courses with a full liberal arts education in the cultural capital of the world. Private lessons with our renowned artist faculty, master classes with internationally regarded performers and pedagogues in our Artist Master Class Series, chamber music coachings with members of leading ensembles, and performance opportunities at venues throughout New York will provide you the training to succeed as a professional musician. 

What You'll Learn
  • Music history
  • Music theory
  • Aural comprehension
  • Keyboard skills
  • Piano literature and performance aesthetics
  • Electives in music business, music technology, jazz, composition, conducting, and music education 

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

A Full Liberal Arts Education in a Conservatory Setting
The curriculum for this undergraduate degree consists of 130 points, or credits: 40 in liberal arts and 90 in music. In addition to eight semesters of private study with our artist faculty and core courses in music history, theory, aural comprehension, and piano literature, you will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, including introductory study of the humanities, social sciences, science, and quantitative reasoning. You'll have the opportunity to take elective classes in other areas of music such as music business, music technology, music education, and secondary lessons in jazz, composition, and conducting, while participating in chamber music every semester.

Performance Opportunities at NYU and Throughout New York City
You'll have opportunities to perform, as a soloist and collaborative pianist, on campus and around New York City. In addition, you'll participate in our Artist Master Class Series, weekly classes with internationally regarded artists and pedagogues. You will be evaluated each Spring in juried performances and present full recitals your junior and senior years. 

Dual Degree Option: BM Music Performance/MA Music Education

We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.

Degree Details


Contact Us

Marilyn Nonken
Program Director