An audition is required for admittance into the Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy MM program. The following is a list of competencies expected of any admitted student.
- An ability to accompany songs in different languages (e.g., French, Italian, German, etc.)
- An ability to accompany an operatic aria
- An ability to play a number of sonatas at varying tempos
- An ability to sight read a vocal piece
Find out more about audition requirements for the Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy MM program.
Program Format & Curriculum
The Master of Music in Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy is a 39-credit master’s program. Courses are offered on Temple’s Main Campus and students are able to take up to six semesters to complete the program.
Courses you are likely to take as part of the Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy MM curriculum include the following.
- Baroque Keyboard Performance
- Listening/Learning Skills Piano
- Piano Accompanying Chamber Music
- Recital Accompanying
Learn more about the innovative curriculum comprising the Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy MM program.
Comprehensive Final Project: All candidates for the Master of Music degree must submit a list of all repertoire studied with their studio teacher while enrolled in the program. Students choose two stylistically contrasting pieces from their final recital program. The goal is to demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills gained during the course of study at the master’s level. Courses taken in research, theory, history, pedagogy and performance practice can inform the discussion of the particular works chosen by the student. Students choose to give either an oral presentation or submit a written document that addresses several of the following topics.
- Form and harmonic language of the piece
- Historical background of the work
- Aspects of the composer’s style
- Relationship to other keyboard works by the composer
- Performance practice considerations
- Specific technical problems and their solutions
- Other relevant information about the piece
Public Recital: Performance majors present a public recital as the culminating event for the master’s degree. Graduation recitals are typically one hour in length, presented on campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall, and adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members. Students must show evidence through Temple University transcript records of having taken private lessons up to the time of the graduation recital. Further details are available from the department chair.
Pedagogy Final Project: A final project will be required for completion of the degree. The student will write a research-quality paper of 15–20 pages based on important pedagogical theories and/or practices. The chair of the department and appropriate faculty with expertise in piano pedagogy will guide the topic of the paper and will grade the final project.
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