Piano Auditions & Interviews
Applicants to Master of Music in Chamber Music (Piano), Master of Music in Piano Performance or the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy & Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Upon an affirmative evaluation, an audition may be scheduled.
The pre-screening recording requirement is waived for current University of Michigan undergraduate piano majors applying to the M.M. program.
Memorization is required. In addition to requesting an audition date on the online application, submit a complete alphabetized repertoire list that includes specific pieces from larger works and a list of all undergraduate and graduate theory courses that you have completed.
Applicants must meet all repertoire requirements listed above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.
Applicants to the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree will have a pedagogy interview at the time of the audition in Ann Arbor in addition to the performance audition detailed above.
At the audition, you will be asked to fill out a Teacher Request Form, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This is an important form, but it is not given to the piano faculty until after your audition, to avoid preferential adjudication. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the School, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition.
Before auditioning, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. After your audition, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice on your form, unless that teacher has given permission to second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.
Admission to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is based upon evaluation of your application as a whole, and also your audition evaluations. Admissions decisions are made by the Office of Admissions and Student Services and are generally decided within five to seven weeks after your audition. All auditionees are considered for merit scholarships (provided they audition before the final date of consideration; please see Scholarships/Financial Aid for updated information) with decisions being made and sent to applicants by early April. Admitted students may receive several letters from different offices at the University of Michigan concerning scholarships and need-based grants and loans; be sure to be in contact with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Admissions Office concerning your total award package.
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