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Master of Music in Performance

Concentration in Piano

This program is designed for accomplished pianists who intend to pursue careers as performers or teachers. Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue doctoral work in piano.

Entrance Requirements

  1. An audition is required prior to admission. An audition in person is preferable, but if this is not possible a sound recording may be submitted. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the ability to perform major works from standard piano repertoire in at least three differing styles. A complete list of piano repertoire should be submitted at the time of the audition.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with piano as the principal instrument and course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, musicology , and piano literature must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen 510 3
Music Theory Elective Music Theory 500-level or Music General 520: Styles 3
Musicology Electives Musicology  500 level 3
Piano Mus Perf 580 8
Piano Literature Seminar Mus Kbd 520 6
Advanced Piano Pedagogy Mus Kbd 540 or 550 2
Ensemble Mus Ens 500 level 2
*Music Elective   4
Graduate Recital Mus Gen 501 2
Total 33
*A maximum of 2 Ensemble hours may be counted as Music Electives.
Students are required to enroll in lessons concurrently with Mus Gen 501 Graduate Recital.

Final Requirements

  1. Graduate Recital.
  2. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.


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