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Piano Studies

Prepare for your career as a professional musician with instruction in performance practices from four centuries of keyboard repertoire. Our world-renowned artist faculty represent diverse traditions of pedagogy and performance. Working with active concertizing and recording artists, you will develop your potential as a performer and gain real-world knowledge to help you succeed after graduation.

Bachelor of Music
Piano Studies

Explore rich liberal arts offerings as part of your professional musical training. Traditional coursework and innovative electives prepare you to navigate today’s musical landscape.


Master of Music
Piano Performance: Solo Piano

Hone your technique and knowledge of the repertoire, mentoring with world-renowned artists and taking advantage of unique performance opportunities.

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications


Master of Music
Piano Performance: Collaborative Piano

Learn to be a Music Director: Mentor with professionals, perform in musical theatre productions and the Broadway Orchestra, and collaborate with colleagues in Vocal Performance.

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

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Master of Music / Advanced Certificate
Piano Performance / Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Prepare for a career in academia as well as the concert hall, with coursework in performance practice and music education as well as professional mentorship.

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications


Advanced Certificate
Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Designed for mature artists seeking to move to advance their careers, this program provides enrichment and exposure for pianists at the pre- and post-doctoral levels.

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications


Doctor of Philosophy
Music Performance and Composition: Performers

Conduct cutting-edge research, perform on stage at NYU and throughout New York City, and study with world-renowned artists.

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News and Events

Steinhardt Piano Students Perform Monthly for Seniors

Early in 2022, the Steinhardt program in Piano Studies partnered with Sunrise East 56, an assisted living community on the upper east side, to bring live performances to seniors. Initiated by NYU Silver School alumna Alyssa Friedman, the program is a favorite among the residents.

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"An Investment in the Future": 23 Steinway Pianos Arrive at the Paulson Center

The grand pianos, along with more than 70 new Yamaha uprights, elevate Steinhardt's music and performing arts programs.

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Artist Master Class: Angelina Gadeliya

Angelina Gadeliya (“... rare ability to make music speak,” The Gazette) offers a masterclass to selected performers from NYU Steinhardt's Program in Piano Studies.

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Artist Master Class: Gilles Vonsattel

Gilles Vonsattel offers a masterclass by selected performers from NYU Steinhardt's Program in Piano Studies.

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Marilyn Nonken and Jeffrey Swann: The Spiritual in Music

Artist Faculty Marilyn Nonken and Jeffrey Swann, and members of their studios, perform piano music exploring themes of religiosity, spirituality, and faith.

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Edna Golandsky: The Transformative Power of the Taubman Approach

Edna Golandsky, founder of the Golandsky Institute and longtime associate of Dorothy Taubman, explains how the powerful principles of coordinate motion can prevent and heal fatigue, tension, and pain at the piano. 

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Marilyn Nonken: Syncopated Musings

This release event celebrates Marilyn Nonken's Syncopated Musings: Rags, Concert Waltzes, and Novelties for the Pianoforte by Scott Joplin and His Collaborators.

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Artist Master Class: Eduardus Halim

Eduardus Halim (“absolutely magnificent,” American Record Guide) offers a master class to selected performers from NYU Steinhardt's Program in Piano Studies.

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Artist Faculty Recital: Kyle Walker

Artist Faculty member Kyle Walker performs music of Rameau, Beethoven, Smith, Price, and Coleridge-Taylor.

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Adam Tendler Awarded Yvar Mikhashoff Prize

Artist Faculty Member granted prestigious prize in recognition of extraordinary contributions to contemporary music.

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Incoming Doctoral Student Wins Concert Artists Guild Competition

Incoming doctoral student in Piano Studies Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner has been named a winner of the 2022 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

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Rave Review for Piano Studies Alum

Ukrainian born Piano Studies alumna Milena Zhivotovskaya received a rave review for her work, "Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano" and more.

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Chandra Xu elected to National Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa

Chandra Xu, a senior majoring in Piano Performance and Journalism, has been elected to membership in the national honor society of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Brielle Perez a Prizewinner in Camerata International

Brielle Perez has received second place in the solo senior division.

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"Staging the Musical Identities of Asian America"

Piano Studies student Michelle Li conducted an independent study exploring Asian American identity and its relation to music and music-making. Watch her perform "Tree Without Wind" by Huang Ruo.

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Manuel Laufer receives grant from Canada Council for the Arts

The Piano Studies Artist Faculty member and his duo partner received $25,000 to commission and record new works.

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Dr. Marilyn Nonken Publishes Book

The director of our program in Piano Studies publishes "Identity and Diversity in New Music."

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If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Manuel Laufer.