The Master of Music in Piano narrows focus and is designed to introduce you to independent research at the graduate level building on your skills and knowledge acquired during your undergraduate study.

Our program offers enriching experiences in chamber music, large ensembles, contemporary and early music ensembles, piano pedagogy and literature, and more.

The MMus in Piano prepares you for a professional career in music and to transition to further study at the doctoral level.


  • Excellent performing ability
  • Bachelor of Music degree, or equivalent
  • Undergraduate music history (Music 120/121 and 220/221), theory (Music 100/101, 200/201, and 300), and repertoire (Music 136 and 236), or their equivalents


The thesis will be one full-length solo recital of advanced repertoire.


You must complete a total of 33 credits in

  • 520A Introduction to Music Research - 3 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 521D Seminar in Performance Practices - 3 credits (Ref. 2)
  • 535C Song Interpretation - 4 credits (Ref. 3)
  • 561A Piano Chamber Ensembles - 2 credits (Ref. 4)
  • 593A Music Performance (Piano) - 6 credits (Ref. 5)
  • 549 Thesis - 6 credits (Ref. 6)
  • Music Elective(s) - 6 credits (Ref. 6)
  • Non-music Elective (300-level or higher) - 3 credits (Ref. 7)

  1. Music 520A must be taken in the first term of graduate study. Students who have had a similar course previously may be exempted from this requirement: please see the Student Advisor or Graduate Advisor. If exempted, students must substitute three 500-level elective credits.
  2. Music 521D must be taken in the first year of study.
  3. Music 535 (Song Interpretation) is 4 credits. It may alternately be taken for 6 credits as Music 532C, Advanced Studies in Music History and Musicology - Song Interpretation with the permission of the instructor. This course is to be taken in the second year of study.
  4. Music 561A is to be taken in the second year of study.
  5. Music 593A is to be taken through both years od the MMus degree.
  6. Students shall register in Music 549 beginning in the summer session following the first year of study, and remain registered in it through the completion of the program.
  7. Normally courses at the 500 level, although courses at the 300- and 400-level to a maximum of 6 credits may be included with approval, provided they are not required for the BMus degree in piano performance. Courses below the 300 level may not be counted toward graduate-level credit. Students may enrol in 500-level seminars in Music History, Music Theory, and/or Ethnomusicology with the permission of the instructor. Students who have not studied song interpretation in undergraduate programs may consider Music 442: Song Interpretation as an elective in the first year in preparation for Music 535.

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