Earn your MA in Piano

The piano area at the UI School of Music is vibrant with artist-teachers who are active as soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists, clinicians, authors, and lecturers. Dedicated to a comprehensive and versatile educational approach, the we offer intensive instruction. The graduate program is among the most substantial in the U.S. and prepares students for rewarding careers in both teaching and in performance. The piano area is known for the personal attention students receive, supporting the individual musical interests of each student within the program of study.

The University of Iowa School of Music and its brand new state-of-the-art Voxman Music Building offers excellent facilities for pianists. We offer one of the best maintained stable of over 90 Steinway grand pianos, extraordinary recital and recording spaces, world-class acoustics, and beautiful rehearsal spaces. Our teaching assistants enjoy large offices, which are only shared with one other TA.

Requirements and program planning

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This information is intended to assist in your course planning but is not intended to serve as an official guide to graduation requirements. To confirm progress toward graduation, you should consult your advisor.

  • Introduction to Graduate Study in Music (MUS:5300), 2 semester hours

      Review of Undergraduate Theory (MUS:5200): Required of all graduate students who do not pass the advisory examination in music theory. It must be taken before completing 6 semester hours from the following list of theory courses. This course does not count toward graduate degree requirements.

      Students exempt from MUS:5200 through the advisory examination in music theory must complete 6 semester hours from the following:

      • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
      • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
      • Jazz Theory (MUS:4730), 3 semester hours
      • Tonal Analysis (MUS:5235), 3 semester hours
      • Non-Tonal Analysis (MUS:5236), 3 semester hours
      • Analysis of Popular Music (MUS:5237), 3 semester hours
      • Special Topics in Theory and Analysis (MUS:5240), 3 semester hours
      • History of Ideas in Music (MUS:6210), 3 semester hours
      • Theoretical Approaches to Music (MUS:6211), 3 semester hours
      • Theory Pedagogy (MUS:6215), 3 semester hours
      • Advanced Tonal Theory and Analysis (MUS:6250), 3 semester hours
      • Advanced Non-Tonal Theory and Analysis (MUS:6251), 3 semester hours
      • Advanced Theory and Analysis of Popular Music (MUS:6252), 3 semester hours

      Select from the music history courses in the following list. Only one 4000-level course (taken at the University of Iowa or equivalent transferred in from another institution) may count toward the 6 semester hours required:

      • Music and Gender (MUS:4320), 3 semester hours
      • Medieval and Renaissance Music (MUS:4325), 3 semester hours
      • Baroque Music (MUS:4330), 3 semester hours
      • 18th-Century Music (MUS:4335), 3 semester hours
      • 19th-Century Music (MUS:4340), 3 semester hours
      • 20th-Century Music (MUS:4345), 3 semester hours
      • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
      • American Music (MUS:4355), 3 semester hours
      • Jazz Matters (MUS:4360), 3 semester hours
      • Studies in Film and Music (MUS:4610), 3 semester hours
      • Teaching Music, History, and Culture (MUS:6305), 3 semester hours
      • Topics in Musicology (MUS:6310), 3 semester hours
      • Historical Approaches to Music (MUS:6312), 3 semester hours
      • Topics in Ethnomusicology (MUS:6314), 3 semester hours
      • Foundations of Ethnomusicology (MUS:6315), 3 semester hours
      • Renaissance Music Notations (MUS:6326), 3 semester hours
      • Music Editing (MUS:6375), 3 semester hours

      • Major Piano (MUS:6021), 8 semester hours
        • Note: 4 semesters required, 2 semester hours each
        • Applied lessons are taken each semester until the recital requirement is completed; requests for exceptions must be approved by the piano area.
      • Ensemble requirement; 4 semesters chosen from the following:
        • Piano Accompaniment (MUS:3480), 1 semester hour
          • Note: Required unless permitted by the piano area to advance to MUS:7401.
        • Piano Chamber Music (MUS:3481), 1 semester hour
          • Note: 1 to 2 semesters
        • Chamber Music Residency Program (MUS:3489), 1 semester hour
        • Special Studies in Piano Accompaniment and Chamber Music (MUS:7401), 1 semester hour
          • Note: 2 semesters required
      • Piano pedagogy; 2 courses required from the following:
        • Methods of Teaching Piano (MUS:3400), 2 semester hours
        • Special Studies–Piano Pedagogy (MUS:3990), 2 semester hours
        • Piano Pedagogy I (MUS:5400), 2 semester hours
        • Piano Pedagogy II (MUS:5401), 2 semester hours
      • Piano literature; 2 courses required from the following:
        • Piano Literature I (MUS:5410), 2 semester hours
        • Piano Literature II (MUS:5411), 2 semester hours
        • Special Studies Piano Literature (MUS:7400), 2 semester hours

      • Major Piano (MUS:6021), 8 semester hours
        • Note: 4 semesters required, 2 semester hours each
        • Applied lessons are taken each semester until the recital requirement is completed; requests for exceptions must be approved by the piano area.
      • Ensemble requirement; 4 semesters chosen from the following:
        • Piano Accompaniment (MUS:3480), 1 semester hour
          • Note: Required unless permitted by the piano area to advance to MUS:7401.
        • Special Studies in Piano Accompaniment and Chamber Music (MUS:7401), 1 semester hour
          • Note: 2 semesters required
        • Piano Chamber Music (MUS:3481), 1 semester hour
          • Note: 1 to 2 semesters
        • Chamber Music Residency Program (MUS:3489), 1 semester hour
        • Piano pedagogy; 3 courses required from the following:
          • Methods of Teaching Piano (MUS:3400), 2 semester hours
          • Special Studies–Piano Pedagogy (MUS:3990), 2 semester hours
          • Piano Pedagogy I (MUS:5400), 2 semester hours
          • Piano Pedagogy II (MUS:5401), 2 semester hours
        • Piano literature; 1 course required from the following:
          • Piano Literature I (MUS:5410), 2 semester hours
          • Piano Literature II (MUS:5411), 2 semester hours
          • Special Studies Piano Literature (MUS:7400), 2 semester hours

        • MA Recital (MUS:6900), 2 semester hours

        Both committees, selected by the student and approved by the applied teacher, shall consist of three members. Both committees must include the major applied teacher and at least one other faculty member from the piano area.

        Performance track

        The solo piano master's recital must consist of at least 50 minutes of memorized repertory.

        Pedagogy track

        The master's recital must be either:

        • A solo piano recital consisting of at least 50 minutes of memorized repertory
        • A lecture recital with at least 35 minutes of memorized solo piano repertory and at least 50 minutes in total duration.

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        Add a minor

        Any student admitted to a graduate degree program in the School of Music may add a theory pedagogy minor by completing the required courses.

        Key Change

        Key Change Piano Revolutionaries

        Annual 7-concert series performed by UI distinguished piano faculty and their students, as well as guest artists from across Iowa.

        Piano Sundays

        Piano Sundays

        Performances by UI School of Music faculty and students in the Senate Chamber at the Old Capitol Museum. Concerts are played on the museum's 1878 Steinway concert grand piano.

        Piano faculty

        Portrait of Alan Huckleberry

        Alan Huckleberry

        Title/Position
        Piano
        Professor
        Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
        Portrait of Réne Lecuona

        Réne Lecuona

        Title/Position
        Piano
        Professor
        Piano Co-Area Head
        Doreen Lee

        Doreen Lee

        Title/Position
        Collaborative Piano
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        Ksenia Nosikova

        Ksenia Nosikova

        Title/Position
        Piano
        Professor
        Piano Co-Area Head
        Portrait of Tammie Walker

        Tammie Walker

        Title/Position
        School of Music Director
        Professor of Piano

        Practice and perform

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