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Master of Music in Piano

Major code: M725

Dr. Barbara Fast
  • Director of Piano Pedagogy
  • Area Chair
Dr. Edward Gates
Dr. Jeongwon Ham
Dr. Igor Lipinski
Dr. Jane Magrath
Dr. John Patrick Murphy
Stephanie Leon Shames

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Concentration and Code
(click for Coursework Requirements)

Piano Performance (Q506)

Piano Performance and Pedagogy (Q511)

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Application Deadline

For graduate piano degrees, online application materials will begin to be reviewed December 1. Due to coronavirus, the application deadline has been extended to Jan 3. You now have until January 3, 2022 to complete the application (along with all recordings and materials described below).

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Assistantships

There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.

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Application Procedure

Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) and all materials described below.

The members of the piano faculty will review all application materials. Candidates will be invited to audition based on the quality of the preliminary recordings, the candidates’ professional materials, if applicable, teaching credentials, and the completion of the application. Individuals invited to audition will be contacted by email to schedule a live, on-campus final audition. More details on the audition can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Prescreening application materials required for this degree

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Repertoire list of significant solo and chamber piano repertoire. This list should include works that you have rehearsed and/or studied (even if you did not perform them in public recitals).
  • Copies of program content for all solo recitals planned or performed, as well as solo piano performances
  • A memorized performance of at least 30 minutes of standard repertoire, including works of at least three composers representing three style periods.
    • Submitted to the online application. Audio or video files or links to online recordings may be submitted under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.
  • Applicants to the MM Piano Performance and Pedagogy are encouraged to include an online link of their teaching if it is available. One or several teaching segments of private lesson or group class may be included.
    • Submitted to the online application. Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

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Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
    • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
      • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
      • One letter should be from a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.

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Requirements for Final Audition

The members of the piano faculty will review all application materials described above. Individuals invited to audition will be contacted by email to schedule a live, on-campus final audition.

If invited to audition, the applicant should prepare 30 minutes of music from memory including works of at least three standard composers from contrasting style periods. For the audition, you will need to bring 5 copies of your audition program and 5 copies of the repertoire list described above in the Prescreening materials.

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Graduate Piano Audition DatesType
Friday, January 28, 2022
Audition date (any)
Saturday, January 29, 2022
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Friday, February 4, 2022
Audition date (any)
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Audition date (any)
Friday, February 11, 2022
Audition date (any)
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Audition date (any, last date for doctoral auditions)
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Audition date (masters or undergrad only)
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Audition date (masters or undergrad only)
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Audition date (masters or undergrad only)