Piano, Master | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
12 months
24791 USD/year
24791 USD/year
10829 USD/year
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The history of the University of Kansas Piano Area is also a musical history of the state of Kansas itself. 


About this Degree

The first University of Kansas Dean of Fine Arts, William MacDonald, was a pianist who established the Department of Music in 1884 as well as founder and first president of the Kansas Music Teachers Association. In 1923 Donald Swarthout, a pianist and conductor, was appointed Dean of Fine Arts until 1950 and served as President of the Music Teachers National Association and Director of the KU Concert & Chamber Series, which became the foundation of the arts programming for the Lied Center. The appointment of the renowned composer and pianist Carl A. Preyer in 1903 marked the beginning of a distinguished roster of musicians who have served as faculty members of the KU Division of Piano.

A list of former faculty members since 1934 includes Jane Abbott, Dennis Alexander, Richard Angeletti, Jan Chiapusso, Leon Fleisher, Malcolm Frager, Claude Frank, Thomas Gorton, Gary Graffman, Christopher Hepp, Byron Janis, Stephen Kort, Roy Hamlin Johnson, Robert Koenig, John Perry, Menachem Pressler, Carole Ross, Angelica Morales von Sauer, Ramon Salvatore, Flora Silini, Martha Stacey, Nelita True, and Robert Ward.


The University of Kansas has graduated many piano students whose career aspirations have led them to musical success in professional, business and academic venues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology and Theory
  • Advanced Applied Music
  • Electives
  • Chamber Music/Concerto Recital

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Scanned copies of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended
  • Email addresses of three (3) references for letters of recommendation
  • Repertoire list - Performance applicants
  • Scholarly writing sample: Organ, Church Music, Musicology and Music Theory applicants
  • PDF files or links to three (3) original scores (and recordings if available) - Composition applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24791 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24791 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    24791 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24791 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10829 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10829 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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