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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.


Master of Music
Piano Performance: Collaborative Piano
Musical Theatre

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.

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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.


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.


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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Beethoven the Contemporary: Highlights from Piano Studies 2020 Festival-Celebration

Perfect Truths: Beethoven & Ives

Marilyn Nonken (Director, Piano Studies) and Jeffrey Swann (Artist Faculty) perform the "Concord" and "Hammerklavier" sonatas.


Ode to Form

Featuring students Fares Al-Habboubi, Yuxuan Chen, Mina Kim, Annie Ziyao Huang, and Jonathan Yap.


Constant Influence: Beethoven & Prokofiev

Eteri Andjaparidze (Artist Faculty) and alumnus Markus Kaitila perform the last sonatas of Beethoven and Prokofiev.


News and Events

Ring in the New

NYU Steinhardt Piano Performance majors premiere seven new works written for them by Concert Composition students.

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.

Jose Ramos Santana Hosts "Around the Piano"

Presenting a virtual series featuring performances and interviews with today's top pianists.

Message from the MPAP Chair on Racism and Black Lives Matter

"It is time for us to take responsibility and to take concrete steps to make MPAP an academic performance community where diversity and inclusion are indispensable and at the core of our teaching, training, and learning."

Yoojung Kim in Recital

The Piano Studies Artist Faculty member performed throughout Korea in the fall.

Dr. Marilyn Nonken Publishes Book

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