Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Master | Samford University | Homewood, United States
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Piano Performance and Pedagogy

12 months
924 USD/credit 28644 USD/year
924 USD/credit 28644 USD/year
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The Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Samford University prepares rising artist/teachers to be professional performers, scholarly musicians, and inspirational teachers.


Emphasis is placed on cultivating musical artistry and pedagogical professionalism, together with developing one’s research skills. The degree requires two recitals and an oral comprehensive examination.

Students of the Piano Performance and Pedagogy program from Samford University study with experienced and diverse faculty, perform individually as well as with chamber and large ensembles, and gain exposure to international concert artists and pedagogues. Instruction occurs through individual private training, master classes, seminars, workshops, and a 60-hour teaching internship. 

Students have opportunities to present research at local & national conferences, serve in leadership roles, and mentor undergraduate students through structured coaching/masterclass settings.

Chamber Ensembles

Pianists perform in a variety of ensembles including the Jazz Band, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and small chamber ensembles. Not only do these ensembles perform on campus but also offer opportunities to travel both nationally and abroad.


Students are prepared to compete in local, regional, and national piano competitions and festivals. Additionally, prospective graduate students are eligible to participate in Samford's annual Morris Piano Competition and Festival as well as in the annual concerto competition.

Guest Artist and Masterclasses

Samford invites concert artists to interact with students, providing essential networking experience with industry professionals. Over the years, Samford has hosted some of the world’s best artists including Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Vadym Kholodenko, Jeremy Denk, Robert Plano, Gabriela Montero, and Marina Lomazov.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in Music
  • History and Application of Performance Practices
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Investigations in Piano Literature
  • Piano Pedagogy Materials & Methods
  • Contemporary Trends in Piano Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Audition Expectations:
  • Solo piano performance (memorized) of at least 30 minutes in duration. Should include literature from at least three contrasting style-periods;
  • Sight reading as provided at the audition;
  • Interview to discuss educational & professional goals.
  • Scholarships available through the Annual Morris Piano Competition. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28644 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 924 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    28644 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 924 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Homewood

850 - 1300 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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