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Piano

The University of Maryland School of Music offers two different programs for graduate pianists: a solo piano program (MM and DMA) and the Collaborative Piano program (MM and DMA.) All graduate piano applicants (solo and collaborative) must submit a prescreen recording in order to be accepted for a live audition.

International Applicants: The School of Music’s English proficiency requirements are different than the university’s requirement. Graduate applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit a passing TOEFL score in order to be scheduled for an audition. This requirement will be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in the United States or another approved English-speaking country. Waivers will only be granted if at least three years of the undergraduate education took place at an English-speaking institution. Graduate degrees or performance certificates or diplomas will not exempt an applicant from submitting a passing TOEFL score. Please go here for more specific information.

The School of Music will allow all graduate applicants whose overall TOEFL score is 90 or higher to audition, but in order to be considered for admission a fully passing TOEFL score must be submitted no later than February 15, 2018. Auditions will not be scheduled for applicants with an overall TOEFL score lower than 90. 

All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements (please find more detailed application information here):

  • Transcript(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief essay

  • Repertoire list

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 22, 2017.

 

Solo Piano

Prescreen Requirements (MM and DMA)

Please submit a recording of 10-15 minutes worth of music that is representative of your ability. You must include a minimum of two contrasting styles. You may submit excerpts of a longer work, so the total amount of music submitted on the recording does not go over 15 minutes. The recording must be a video recording, and please make sure it shows your hands on the keyboard. The prescreen recording should be submitted online as a part of your music application.  

Live Audition Requirements

The piano division requires a live audition in order to be considered for admission. Requests to submit a recorded audition in place of a live audition are historically granted for applicants living internationally at the time of our auditions and will be considered on a case by case basis. Please keep in mind, a live audition is viewed more favorably than a recorded audition. Consideration for assistantships is given only for applicants who perform a live audition.  

Master of Music

Please prepare a solo program of at least 45 minutes (of which approximately 15 minutes will be heard by the auditioning committee) representing a variety of styles and historical periods, equal in difficulty to a Bachelor of Music solo recital.

Doctor of Musical Arts

Please prepare a solo program of at least 60 minutes (of which approximately 15 minutes will be heard by the auditioning committee) representing a variety of styles and historical periods, equal in difficulty to a Master of Music solo recital.

Assistantship Information for Solo Pianists

The primary source of funding for graduate students in solo piano is through assistantships. We offer assistantships in teaching and in accompanying.

Teaching assistantship - In order to be considered for the teaching assistantship, please include information in your resume about your teaching experience. 

Accompanying assistantship - In order to be considered for an accompanying assistantship, please upload a statement of your collaborative experience, a collaborative repertoire list, and a video recording of one of the following:

  • One movement of any Mozart or Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonata
  • Three contrasting lieder

Substitutions may be possible with permission only. Please contact Professor Larissa Dedova if you wish to provide a recording of something different.

 

Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music Emphasis
(we will provide musicians for you to accompany)

A prescreen recording is required for all collaborative piano applicants (MM and DMA). The prescreen recording must be submitted online as a part of your music application. The requirements for the prescreen recording are:

  1. A solo piece
  2. A collaborative piece

Live Audition Requirements

For those invited for a live audition, we will ask you to submit any changes to your audition repertoire. We will provide musicians for you to accompany, and will coordinate rehearsal time with the musicians prior to your scheduled audition time.

Master of Music

  1. A work for solo piano which best demonstrates the applicant's musicianship and keyboard technique
  2. A group of five songs, representing three different languages, and one operatic aria. Please be prepared to sing and play one of the vocal selections.
  3. Two contrasting movements from an instrumental sonata or work originally written for solo instrument and piano
  4. A demonstrated sight-reading proficiency

Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A 60-minute program that includes solo repertoire, and vocal and instrumental repertoire representing various styles and languages. Please be prepared to sing and play one of the vocal selections. 
  2. A demonstrated sight-reading proficiency

 

Graduate Audition Requirements

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