School of Music

Keyboard Department

The Graduate Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Piano Pedagogy

The graduate program in piano pedagogy leads to the awarding of the master of music degree in performance concentration in piano pedagogy.

The following information is taken from the East Carolina University graduate catalog. It is abridged in order to highlight particular reference to piano pedagogy.


Applicants must meet the requirements established by the Graduate School and complete its admission process. Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor of music degree from an accredited institution, a minimum average grade of B in all  previous course work, and demonstrate an acceptable level of musical accomplishment through an audition.

As part of the admission process, all applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music history and theory with an acceptable evaluation on an examination administered at the time of the  audition or interview. Students with identified deficiencies may be required to remediate with appropriate courses.

For additional information about application for admission to the graduate degree program in piano pedagogy, contact the School of Music Coordinator of Graduate Studies,  Dr. Rachel Copeland (

Graduate curriculum in piano pedagogy

For a complete listing of courses required for the master of music in piano pedagogy see the catalog.

The master of music degree shall be awarded only after candidates pass a comprehensive examination that includes the presentation and defense of a final project. Additional information detailing specific requirements for the various degree programs can be  found in the admission requirements section of the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

Candidates for the master of music in piano pedagogy must fulfill one of the following recital options while in residence at East Carolina University: full solo recital or lecture recital. The performance of recital works and the lecture portion of the lecture recital must be approved by departmental audition. The nature of the lecture recital must be approved by the graduate committee.