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M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

The Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy program is among the most distinguished piano teacher training programs in the nation. A select group of students work closely with faculty members in a teaching internship that is broad-based and intensive. Download a sample Course of Study plan (PDF).

Students applying to the M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Graduate Audition Repertoire section of this website, submit video of their teaching, and interview with the piano pedagogy faculty.

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  Credit Hours
MUHI 6335 Introduction to Graduate Studies or MPSY 6340 Research in Music Psychology 3
MUAS 6010 Recital Attendance (four terms) 0
PERB 6001 Departmental Performance Class (four terms) 0
MUTH 6300, 6326, 6330, 6360 (select one) 3
MUHI (5000-6000 level) chosen with adviser's approval 3
PIAN 6200 Performance Study 8
MURE 6201 or 6202 Recital or Lecture Recital (with adviser's approval) 2
PERB 6112 or 6113 Improvisation or Advanced Improvisation 1
MUPD 5210 Class Piano Procedures 2
MUPD 5312 Survey of Pre-College Piano Literature 3
MUPD 6396 Piano Pedagogy I 3
MUPD 6397 Piano Pedagogy II 3
MUPD 6021, 6022 and 6122 Internship in Piano Pedagogy 2
Ensemble: Two terms*  0-2
Electives: Chosen with adviser's approval 1-3 
Total Hours 36

* Chosen from MUAC 6001, 6002, 6101, 6102; or PERE 6071, 6171; or other PERE course with adviser and instructor approval

Additional Degree Requirements

At least three (3) credit hours of the required coursework in MUHI, MUTH and/or electives must be from 6000-level courses that are not double-listed.

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