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The Master Of Music, Piano Pedagogy is designed for those who can demonstrate appropriate performing ability and possess an appropriate undergraduate degree. Applicants without a degree in piano can be admitted to the piano pedagogy program only if they demonstrate equivalent background in piano and if no more than twelve credits of remediation would be required.

All degree requirements must be completed within six years. A single one-year extension may be granted for cause.

Learning Outcomes

• Perform in a musically expressive manner and demonstrate the proper characteristics involved in, and related to, musical production.
• Demonstrate familiarity with musical literature and stylistic characteristics (NASM, PDE).
• Develop information literacy by displaying critical thinking and listening skills through written critiques of performances concerning artistic expression, performance practice, selection of repertoire, conducting technique, and supportive notes for recitals (NASM, PDE).
• Work in collaboration with other musicians, using proper rehearsal and performance techniques with accompanists and/or instrumental and choral ensembles, and demonstrate conducting skills.
• Be prepared for future career opportunities.


• 3 credits of music history (MHL)
• 3 credits of music theory (MTC)
• 9 credits in individual lessons at the advanced level:
• 6 credits in keyboard literature
• 3 credits of concentration electives
• 2 credits of recital components

Completion of a comprehensive exit examination is also required.

For more detailed information about the curriculum and what modules are available, please visit the website:

Further Study

Graduates have gone onto further their musical education at institutions including:

• Curtis Institute of Music
• Eastman School of Music
• Indiana University,
• The Juilliard School and others.

Visit the M.M. Music Performance - Piano page on the West Chester University website for more details!




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