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PIANO

Talented pianists from across the world are drawn to UMD to study with our piano faculty. The piano division is a highly competitive and selective program offering degrees in solo and collaborative piano.

The Program

The piano division offers a vast array of learning and performance opportunities that challenge our students to bring out their best. In addition to weekly studio classes, our students benefit from masterclasses with renowned visiting artists. Recent artists have included Gilbert Kalish, Boris Berman, Richard Goode, Joseph Kalichstein and Julian Martin.

Pianists have a strong presence within the School of Music. All of our piano students have opportunities to collaborate with their peers studying voice, strings and winds. These opportunities include collaborative work in chamber music, larger ensembles and opera rehearsals.

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities for piano students abound! These include the Piano Showcase concert, divisional recitals, the annual concerto competition and the School of Music commencement ceremonies.

Collaborative Piano

Offered to graduate students, our collaborative piano program is one of the very finest in the United States. Graduates have made their mark professionally in chamber music, accompanying, opera-coaching and faculty appointments throughout the country and beyond.

Facilities

Our faculty studios and practice rooms are equipped with well-maintained Steinway grand pianos and our school is recognized as an "All-Steinway School" by Steinway & Sons.

The International Piano Archives at Maryland is a unique possession of the university and a one-of-a-kind resource for our piano faculty and students. The largest and most varied archive of piano recordings in the world, it also includes the professional and personal papers of many celebrated pianists and thousands of documents and photos. It is available to scholars throughout the world who often come to do research, as well as to each of our piano students.

Our Faculty

Larissa Dedova

Professor & Division Coordinator, Piano

3130E The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-8686

Bradford Gowen

Associate Professor, Piano

3130B The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5520

Rita Sloan

Professor, Piano, Chamber & Small Ensembles

3128 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5527

Mayron Tsong

Associate Professor, Piano

3130A The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5075

Mikhail Volchok

Lecturer, Piano

3130D The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5536

Curriculum

B.A. (Solo Piano)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons 5 semesters 10 
Ensembles 5 semesters 5
Music Theory 5 courses 17
Music History 3 courses 9
Music Electives 10
General Education, Languages and Electives 69

B.M. (Solo Piano)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Senior Recital 8 semesters 18 
Ensembles 4 semesters 4
Chamber Music 2 semesters 4
Sight Reading 2 semesters 4
Accompanying 2 semesters 4
Music Theory 5 courses 17
Music History 4 courses 12
Conducting 1 course 2
Pedagogy 1 course 3
Literature 1 course 3
Music Electives 7
General Education and Electives 42

B.M.E. (Solo Piano)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons 7 semesters 14
Large Ensembles 7 semesters 7
Class Piano 2 semesters
Music Theory 4 semesters 14
Music History 4 semesters 12
Conducting 1 course 2
Music Education 12 courses 27
Education 4 courses 11
Student Teaching 2 courses 12
General Education 34 

M.M. (Solo Piano)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recital 4 semesters 10
Chamber Music 2 courses 3
Pedagogy 1 course 3
Literature 2 courses 6
Research Methods 1 course  3
Music Theory 1 course 3
Music History 1 course 3

M.M. (Collaborative Piano)

Course Duration Lessons
Lessons & Recital 4 semesters 12
Chamber Music 2 courses 3
Vocal Literature 1 course 3
Literature or Diction 1 course 2
Vocal Coaching 1 semester 3
Research Methods 1 course 3
Music Theory 1 course 3
Music History 1 course 3

D.M.A. (Solo Piano)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recital 3 semesters 10
Pedagogy 2 courses 6
Literature 2 courses 6
Research Methods 1 course 3
Academic Electives 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12 

D.M.A. (Collaborative Piano)

Course Duration Credits
Lessons & Recital 3 semesters 10
Pedagogy 3 courses 9
Literature 3 courses 9
Research Methods 1 course 3
Academic Events 2 courses 6
Dissertation Research 2 semesters 12