MM - Piano Accompanying Concentration

The Master of Music (MM) degree with concentration in piano accompanying gives primary attention to the development of accompanying skills and artistry; secondary, but significant emphasis is placed on an acceptable demonstration of keyboard performance at the master’s degree level. The accompanying concentration includes preparation in the area of instrumental and vocal literature in relation to the need for piano accompaniment in the area of performance development.


Students must have completed a bachelor's degree in music in piano performance or its equivalent, as well as contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation. All candidates must complete a satisfactory audition. Deficiencies, if noted, must be satisfied before admission to candidacy for the degree.

Program Requirements

The Master of Music degree with a concentration in piano accompanying requires the completion of a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours, including two accompanied full-hour degree recitals (one vocal and one instrumental recital in either order). In addition to the core requirements for all MM programs, students must complete the coursework listed below. The program requires a total of 33 credit hours.

Course Title Hours
Core Required for all MM Concentrations
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours from the following in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Courses Required for Concentration
Graduate Piano Study—12 credit hours from the following12
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Piano (repeatable)
Applied Piano Accompanying
Applied Piano Accompanying
Support Courses
MUSP 580Piano Pedagogy2
MUSC 726Voice Literature3
MUSC 685String Literature & Materials2
Graduate Recital
MUSP 871Graduate Accompanying Recital: Vocal1
MUSP 872Graduate Accompanying Recital: Instrumental1
Total Credit Hours33


All degree candidates in the School of Music must pass an oral comprehensive examination. The oral comprehensive examination for thesis candidates includes a thesis defense.

Applied Learning

Students in the Master of Music - piano accompanying concentration are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by giving two graduate accompanying recitals, one for voice ( MUSP 871) and one for instrumentalists ( MUSP 872).