Music - Piano Performance

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Master On Campus
12 months
33648 USD/year
33648 USD/year
15600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Music Department at University of Hawaii at Manoa offers two degrees in Piano Performance: a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (BM), and a Master of Music - Piano Performance(MM).


Our Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance offer pianists intensive training for performing careers as soloists, chamber musicians and collaborative artists, and provides qualifications for post-secondary and private studio teaching. The culminating experience for both degree programs is a full-length memorized public recital.

Music - Piano Performance opportunities at UHM are plentiful. The Piano Faculty offers Piano Studio Classes where all piano majors meet weekly in Orvis Auditorium to perform for each other in a friendly and nurturing environment for constructive feedback. 

Piano Repertory Labs are lunch time recitals, four per semester, that are open to the public. Pianists are also encouraged to compete in our annual University of Hawai‘i Concerto Competition for an opportunity to perform a concerto with the University of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra at the Neal Blaisdell Center Concert Hall. 

Students may enroll and participate in a plethora of ensembles. Piano related ensembles include Chamber Music, Piano Vocal Collaboration, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. The University of Hawai‘i’s Music Department is well known for its multitude of ethnic ensembles.

Our recently renovated and spacious practice rooms are climate and humidity controlled, featuring many new Steinway and Petrov pianos providing piano students ample time for practice.

Our piano students have opportunities to engage in Honolulu’s vibrant piano scene. The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Hawai‘i, and other arts organizations regularly engage noteworthy pianists. 

Students are encouraged to become members of the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association (HPTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Hawai‘i Music Teachers Association (HMTA) who organize an annual state convention as well as a biennial Pianomania, a multi-piano collaborative event.

In addition to Piano Studies, the University of Hawai‘i Music Department provides training in applied music, music theory, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, conducting, and music technology.

Multicultural Global Experience

Committed to being the leading indigenous serving university in the country, University of Hawaii at Manoa proudly delivers a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, with a long history of adherence to the principles of sustainability and the essence of aloha—truly like nowhere else on earth.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Ensemble
  • Bibliography & Library Resources in Music
  • Seminar in Music Literature
  • Graduate-Level Applied Music
  • Graduate Recital
  • Studies in Music Theory: Advanced Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible, an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. 
  • Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, admission is competitive.  Meeting minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Music - Piano Performance
University of Hawaii at Manoa