MM in Music with Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy

No longer admitting to this emphasis beginning Fall 2020.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires successful completion of 30 credit hours.  Additional coursework required as determined by student and advisor, to include: Music History (3 credits), Music Theory (3 credits), Music History or Theory Electives (3 credits), Music or Non-Music Electives (2 credits).

Required Courses
MUS_H_LI 8313Introduction to Graduate Study2
MUS_H_LI 8314Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music II1
MUS_APMS 8455Studio Instruction (Taken three semesters for a total of 6 credits)2
MUS_I_VT 8681Advanced Piano Pedagogy I2
MUS_I_VT 8682Advanced Piano Pedagogy II2
MUS_I_VT 8683Piano Pedagogy Internship1
MUS_I_VT 8684Group Piano Pedagogy2
MUS_ENS 8846Advanced Chamber Ensemble (To include two ensembles for a total of 2 credits)1
MUS_GENL 8090Research in Music (If the student elects to do a recital, a recital hearing must be passed before presentation)1
or MUS_APMS 8970 Graduate Recital

Additional Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination (see School of Music website for additional information)
  • All courses must be at the 7000 or 8000 level, and at least 15 credits must be at the 8000 level
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree

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Admission Criteria


  • Bachelor's degree in Piano (or demonstrated equivalent)
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • 1 upper-level music history course
  • 3 credits of 18th-century counterpoint

If an applicant does not meet the required prerequisites, then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree requirements.

Note:  a senior recital and undergraduate courses in piano pedagogy or teaching experience are desirable, but not required for admission.


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School's website for the minimum qualifications for the MM in Music.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, auditions, and the application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.

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