Piano Pedagogy

Oakland University

24 months
1027 USD/credit
1027 USD/credit
738 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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

  • 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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