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Graduate Bulletin

Piano Pedagogy, M.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1

Spring: December 1

Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who are able to provide insight into your abilities and talents, as well as comment on your aptitude for graduate study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University, which is based on a curriculum of 124 to 135 hours.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A degree in music is expected.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


All works are to be performed from memory:

1. A complete work by Bach (Well Tempered Clavichord, prelude and fugue, suite, toccata, etc.).

2. An entire sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.

3. A large Romantic work.

4. An Impressionistic or Contemporary work.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Students who wish to transfer credit should speak with their academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at www.temple.edu/grad/forms/documents/Transfer_Grad_Credit_05.pdf Transfer credits must be approved by the Advisor, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Due to the large number of applications for admission and the competitive nature of its music programs, the College admits only a portion of its applicants. In addition to the general admissions credentials required of all Temple University graduate applicants, Boyer College of Music specialized admission criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews, recommendations, departmental term papers, and standardized examinations) are very heavily weighted in Boyer College of Music admission decisions. Applicants may be rejected for admission for failing to obtain the required level of proficiency in any one area of the specialized admission criteria regardless of the level of success in meeting the Temple University general admission criteria. In addition to the level of success demonstrated in the above-mentioned criteria, a final admission factor is the College's Optimum Enrollment Policy. This Policy may preclude the admission of any student who meets the minimum requirements.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses (26 s.h.):

Music 8004: Piano for Pedagogy Major

Music 8014: Piano for Pedagogy Major

Music 8024: Piano for Pedagogy Major

Music 8084: Piano for Pedagogy Major/Recital

Music 8461- 8462: Piano Pedagogy

Music: Class Piano Pedagogy

Music 8477: Baroque Keyboard Performance Practice

Music 8478: Classical Keyboard Performance Practice

Music Studies 8701: Research in Music

Electives (4 s.h.) selected from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, or other graduate departments. Approval of advisor required.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

Diagnostic Entrance Examinations:

Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Theory, and Music History. Remedial coursework may be required.

Public Recital:

Fourth semester of lessons (Music 8084).

Comprehensive Listening Examination

Except as noted, all degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.

All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies must be completed by the 1st day of the month in which the student expects to graduate.

Independent Study Courses:

Independent study courses provide a special opportunity for graduate students to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the students' major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.

Professional Development Policy:

All students in the Boyer College of Music, in addition to the required subjects toward their degrees, are obliged to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. The Boyer College believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes, tutoring, teaching private lessons, coaching, participating in the distribution and inventory control of University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, performing at admissions and open house events, supervising performance classes, and other academically related activities.

All entering Master of Music students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Skills, and Music History prior to the first semester of graduate study. The purpose of these examinations is to determine weaknesses in undergraduate preparation. Depending on the examination results, students may be required to take one or more remedial courses. In these instances, the remedial courses will be graded on a "Credit / No Credit" basis and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for "Credit", meaning that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for "No Credit", meaning that the deficiency has not been satisfied). Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial course or section thereof to earn the grade of "Credit" and to satisfy the requirement. Students who earn a grade of "NC" (that is, having a class average below "B-") must retake that course or section until an average of "B-" or higher is achieved and a grade of "CR" is recorded on the official university transcript. Remedial courses are offered for undergraduate credit only, and may not count toward graduate degree requirements.

1. All entering MM students must take the harmony, counterpoint, and aural skills examination prior to the first semester of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). Students may take the test only once, and if they do not pass the test or any portion thereof, they must enroll in the remedial course(s) during their first semester of study. Depending on which section(s) of the examination are failed, the examiners will stipulate which sections of remedial coursework the student must take. The courses are "Diatonic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5001), "Chromatic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5002), "Counterpoint Review" (Music Studies 5003), and "Graduate Aural Theory Review" (Music Studies 5004).

2. Music History All entering MM students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Music History prior to registering for their first semester of graduate student, unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). If the student is unsuccessful in passing any portion of the Music History examination, the student may select one of two options. (Option A): Register to take Music History Review (Music Studies 5005 for 1 to 5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned to each of the following five periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Students may register for a maximum of 3 credits of Music History Review in any semester; thus, it is possible to extend the remediation over two semesters. (Option B): Students may study independently and retake the failed sections of the examination at the end of the first semester of study. Students may retake the examination only once, and if any section is failed a second time, they must take the assigned remedial sections in their second semester of study.

3. Conditions for Exemption The requirement to take the Examination in any of these areas is waived only for graduates of the Boyer College of Music who:

1) matriculate and enroll in the semester immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, and

2) received grades of "B-" or better in every undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be waived.

Graduate Private Lesson Policy:

Weekly one-hour private lessons are provided for all matriculated master's and doctoral performance majors in good standing, provided at least three additional credits of programmatically required graduate level study are taken simultaneously. A $200 per semester lesson fee (subject to change without notice) is charged for all private lessons. Tuition remission may not be used to cover the private lesson fee.

Performing Ensembles:

1. Touring-All students in touring performing ensembles are required to participate in all scheduled tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks in length, often take place immediately after termination of semesters. Students must arrange their schedules to accommodate this requirement.

2. Non-Credit Participation-With special permission, graduate students for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement, may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the department chair, and the Associate Dean.

Acceptable English:

All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.

1. Lessons: Private applied lessons beyond the four-semester requirement currently in effect for graduate performance students, may be extended with the permission of the jury, department chair, and the Associate Dean or Dean of the Boyer College of Music. Students withdrawing from recital requirement during the recital semester will receive an incomplete and must register for extended study for non-degree credit (course number: Music 5000 "Recital Extension" for two credits). Recital Extension must be taken each semester until the recital has been presented. This course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis only. At the satisfactory completion of the recital, the "Incomplete" for the recital course will be replaced by a letter grade and "Music 300 Recital Extension" will then be issued a grade of "CR." Credit derived from Recital Extension will not be counted toward degree requirements.

2. Recital Extension Fees: Tuition for these additional terms of private study will be the cost of two graduate credits plus a $400 Recital Extension fee. Graduate assistantships and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do not cover the Recital Extension fee.

3. Exceptions to Recital Extension-The exceptions to the Recital Extension Policy are as follows: a. Students who perform their recitals during the first three weeks of the spring semester are not required to register for Recital Extension that semester. b. Students who register for Recital Extension during the summer may perform their recitals during the first three weeks of the fall semester. However, if the student does not take Recital Extension during the summer, he or she may not present the recital in the fall semester-regardless of the date-without also registering for the fall semester of Recital Extension. 4. Failure to Present Recital-The degree status of students who are unable to present a recital after one semester of recital extension will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and the major advisor, who, in consultation with the major teacher and department, will determine whether or not the student may continue in the program. Inability to present the recital after one semester of Recital Extension may be grounds for dismissal from the degree program for failing to maintain reasonable academic progress.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

All candidates for the Master of Music degree must submit a list of all repertoire studied with their studio teacher(s) while enrolled in the MM program.

Students will choose two stylistically contrasting pieces from their final recital program.* They can choose to give either an oral presentation or submit a written document that will address at least several of the following topics:

            Form and harmonic language of the piece

            Historical background of the work

            Aspects of the composer’s style

            Relationship to other keyboard works by the composer

            Performance practice considerations     

            Specific technical problems and their solutions  

            Other relevant information about the piece

The goal of the paper or presentation is to demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills gained during the course of study on the Master’s level. Courses taken in research, theory, history, pedagogy, and performance practice can inform the discussion of the particular works chosen by the student.

If the student selects the oral option, the presentation will be scheduled during end-of-semester juries. At least two representatives from the graduate keyboard faculty will adjudicate the oral presentation. The session should last approximately 20 minutes with some extra time for questions from the faculty members following the presentation. Students can perform small sections of the work if germane to their discussion. Lecture notes with cited sources for information should be submitted to the keyboard office no later than ten days before juries.

The written document, if chosen, should be a research-quality paper of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced, and include appropriate references. This should be submitted to the keyboard department office no later than April 1 for a May graduation, or November 15 for a January graduation. At least two graduate faculty members from the keyboard department will read the paper and confer about the final decision. Students must follow the guidelines for academic honesty found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Each reader will grade the project as either “pass” or “fail.” If the student fails, he or she will not be allowed to graduate at the end of that semester.  Another document may be submitted after suggestions for improvement by the keyboard department faculty, or another oral presentation will be arranged and graded as before. If the student fails a second time, he or she will be dismissed from the degree program.

* Students enrolled in programs without a recital requirement, such as Opera Coaching and Accompanying can choose two contrasting works studied with their assigned studio teacher.


Public Recital:

Music 8084.  Performance majors present a public recital as the culminating event for the master's degree. Graduation recitals are typically one-hour in length, and are typically presented on-campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall. The student must show evidence through Temple University transcript records of having taken private lessons up to the time of the graduation recital. Students who wish to play a recital in the early fall should plan to register for and complete the final semester of lessons during the preceding summer months. Graduation recitals are adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Keyboard Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


James Short


Program Coordinator:

Professor Harvey Wedeen


Graduate Chairperson:

Professor Harvey Wedeen


Professor Harvey Wedeen


About the Program

The master's degree in piano pedagogy expands the resources, the skills, and the insights of pianists who wish to be teachers, either in a private studio or at an institution, and who--in addition to having a comprehensive knowledge about teaching children and adults at an elementary level--are equipped to teach intermediate and early advanced students.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Keyboard Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The Boyer College of Music has been ranked among the top 30 music schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Areas of Specialization:

While private lessons and ensemble participation are required each semester, a major concentration of the curriculum is the study and practice of the teaching of the piano. Included in this concentration are coursework and fieldwork through the College's preparatory division.

Job Placement:

The program prepares musicians for teaching careers, professional activity, or doctoral study.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may enroll in selected courses in music with permission, but may not take applied lessons until they have been fully admitted and matriculated.

Financing Opportunities

Boyer College offers a number of assistantships and academic internships to matriculated graduate students. Full awards carry a cash stipend plus full tuition remission for the fall and spring semesters. Partial awards also are available in values of 1/4 or 1/2 of a full award. Duties for assistantships and internships vary, but typically include teaching, tutoring, classroom assistance, research, artistic performance, and/or direct service related to academic programs. Applicants must submit an assistantship/internship application by March 1 to obtain priority consideration for an award. Applications are available online at the Graduate Financial Aid page of Boyer's website. Typically these awards are made only in the fall semester for up to two semesters, fall and spring. Awards may be renewed on an annual basis (typically up to one additional year for Master's students and up to three years for Doctoral students) based upon departmental needs as well as satisfactory academic and musical progress by the recipient.

May 2007