Music Performance - Piano, MM

Offered in: Chicago

The goals of the Piano program are to prepare the student for the many facets of a diverse performance career (soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician) and to provide the student with the musical skills and pedagogical background to become a productive teacher.

The graduate program's objectives are to:

  • Develop and refine technical and musical abilities through the study and performance of challenging works from the traditional and modern repertories.
  • Provide ongoing solo and ensemble performing experiences; expand the student's knowledge of the family of keyboard instruments and relevant performance practices.
  • Introduce principles and methods for teaching adult students, from beginning through advanced levels, including instructional techniques for group piano classes.
  • Provide opportunities to investigate musical topics and repertories in academic courses.

No prescribed technical or repertory requirements are in place for graduate students. The four semesters of applied study are directed toward building strengths, addressing areas of weakness or deficiency, and preparing a recital program of major works from the piano repertory that is at least 60 minutes in length and encompasses at least four stylistic periods (including at least one 20th or 21st century work). For further information, consult the program requirements in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook.

Students may elect to earn the Cognate in Collaborative Piano, a two-year sequence of background courses and practica in vocal and instrumental collaboration, by completing PERF 461 VOCAL COLLAB FOR PIANISTS,PERF 462 PRACTICUM: VOCAL ACCOMP, PERF 463 INSTR COLLAB FOR PIANISTS, and PERF 464 PRACTICUM: INSTR ACCOMP. The sequence can be completed concurrently with the master's degree, and brings the total hours earned to 43. One year of the sequence may be taken in fulfillment of MM requirements, as indicated below.

Admission requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for audition requirements for piano.  

Requirements

The minimum passing grade in the major sequence (PIA 411 PIANO (MAJOR) through PIA 414 PIANO (MAJOR) and PIA 420 SOLO RECITAL) is B-.

MAS 401STYLE AND LITERATURE3
Music Academic Electives 19
ENS 405CHAMBER MUSIC (PIANO)2
MPE 430ADVANCED PIANO PEDAGOGY3
PERF 419INTRO TO HIST KYBD INSTRUMENTS3
Select one of the following options:3
VOCAL COLLAB FOR PIANISTS
and PRACTICUM: VOCAL ACCOMP
INSTR COLLAB FOR PIANISTS
and PRACTICUM: INSTR ACCOMP
PIA 411PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 412PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 413PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 414PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 420SOLO RECITAL1
PIA 400PIANO PERFORMANCE CLASS (four semesters required)0
Total Credit Hours40
1

Music academic electives will include at least one MAS (Music Academic Studies) course. Other 400-level courses from subject areas MCMP (Music Composition), MTA (Music Theory and Analysis), and MUHL (Music History and Literature) may be taken in fulfillment of this requirement.