M.M. - Piano Pedagogy and Performance

Graduate Admissions

Audition Days

 Friday, January 31, 2025 (morning only)
Saturday, February 1, 2025 (afternoon only)
 *Saturday, February 15, 2025 (all day)
  • Graduate Applications: The deadline for all degree programs and specializations is December 15, 2024.
  • Required Auditions: All required auditions, whether in-person or video, must be completed by 5 p.m. February 15, 2025.
  • Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships: All graduate applicants are automatically considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships. No separate application is required. 
  • Summer MM-Music Education Fellowships: The priority consideration deadline is May 1, 2025.
*Preferred graduate audition day 

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Begin by applying online at http://go.unl.edu/gradapp.

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete your application.
  • You will be asked to upload scanned copies of your transcripts showing all postsecondary coursework completed, including all studies for which credit was granted (e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/admissions/requirements#transcripts. We require: Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale.
  • Students whose native language is not English or who have not previously earned a degree from an institution at which English is the official medium of instruction must enter their TOEFL or IELTS score and upload a copy of their score report. Official scores should be sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english. We require: TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5 overall band score.
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. For each recommender, click the Submit Recommendation Request button to send a letter request to your reference writer. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required; four recommendation letters are recommended.

3. Submit your application and pay the application fee of $50 ($25 if you are currently an active student at UNL). After you’ve clicked “Submit,” validated your information, and paid the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the application was successfully submitted, and providing you with a link to the "2023 Graduate Audition/Creative Materials & GA Information Form” to submit information regarding graduate assistant preferences.

4. Prepare the required “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirements” (see below).

Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements: To assist candidates in achieving success in the required audition, the following requirements have been set by the area.  Please refer to the instructions below in knowing how to prepare.

 • Prepare three pieces in contrasting styles from memory.


Master of Music

Option III - Piano Pedagogy and Performance Emphasis

AreaCourseCredit HrsTotal Credits
Applied Music MUAP 902- Piano   9 hrs
Pedagogy/Literature     15 hrs
Pedagogy: MUSC 824 - Piano Ped I 3 hrs  
  MUSC 825 - Piano Ped II 3 hrs  
  MUSC 826 - Piano Ped III 3 hrs  
  MUSC 827 - Piano Ped IV 3 hrs  
Literature: MUSC 876 - Piano Lit OR 3 hrs  
  MUSC 877 - Piano Lit Seminar 3 hrs  
Core Courses     11 hrs
  MUSC 836 - Intro to Grad Studies 2 hrs  
  History and Theory 9 hrs  
  Theory: (3 or 6 hrs)    
  History: (3 or 6 hrs)    
Other Music Courses     4 hrs
  MUEN 845 Grad Ensemble and/or MUEN 852 3-4 hrs  
  MUSR 69-Recital Attendance (4 semesters) 0 hrs  
Recital MUSR 98   0 hrs
    TOTAL: 39 hrs

18 of the hours must be in courses for Graduate Students only.

The recital is normally completed in the third semester.