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Piano Pedagogy, M.M

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (WUR) , MI,
The Master of Music in piano pedagogy is a 32-credit program for experienced pianists, designed to enable them to explore approaches to teaching piano, to expand their knowledge of repertoire and technique, and to further their personal performance skills and musical understanding. 


Assessment takes place during the week prior to the first semester of graduate study (Fall, Winter and Summer). Students are encouraged to review the preparation materials posted on the department web site prior to taking the assessments. Students may also contact the history and theory faculty for guidance about preparation materials and expectations.

Students whose work on the assessments indicates that they need further preparation should consult with the appropriate faculty and, at the beginning of the following semester, retake the portions of the assessments that were not satisfactory. Following the retake, students who have still not successfully completed the assessment will be required to complete remedial work prescribed by the department. Students whose work is satisfactory may then enroll in graduate history and theory courses for which they had not yet qualified. Any courses taken as part of the remedial work are not graduate courses and do not count toward the graduate degree. Students who still do not qualify after the remediation may be recommended for dismissal from the program.

Regardless of the results of these assessments, students may enroll in MUS 500 or any other music or music education graduate course during their first semesters. Enrollment in graduate-level music history and theory only is monitored by these assessments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • Seminar in Baroque and Classical Music
  • Seminar in Music from 1800 to Present
  • Analytical Techniques in Tonal Music
  • Analysis of post-1900 Music
  • Theories of Rhythm and Meter
  • Learning Theory for Studio Teachers
  • Piano Pedagogy I
  • Piano Pedagogy II
  • Piano Repertoire I
  • Piano Repertoire II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in music from a regionally accredited institution or proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for foreign educated applicants.
  • Two years of music theory, one year of music history, and piano performance ability, OR background equivalent to these requirements
  • Applicants must submit a written statement of professional goals.
  • Applicants must schedule and perform a successful audition that shows an appropriate level of prior experience and potential for success in the program.
  • For piano pedagogy, contact Professor Tian Tian (

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1027 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1027 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1027 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1027 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    738 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 738 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Rochester Hills

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
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