Jury Requirements for Master of Piano Performance (MUS896)


Piano Performance majors must enroll for a total of 4 credits of MUS896. These credits can be taken at any time and can substitute for 850A as lesson credits after the student has completed 6 credits of MUS850A. There will be a required jury at the end of each semester in which students are enrolled in MUS850A or MUS896. A complete recital, with the required recital approval, may substitute for a jury in any semester. In order to remain a performance major the student must achieve a minimum average grade of 3.0 on each jury. Any student not achieving this minimum grade will be put on probation as a performance major and will be given one semester to remove that probationary status. Each faculty member attending the jury will provide written comments and a jury grade. The student’s final jury grade will be an average of all the grades given by the faculty attending the jury.


  • Keyboard composers before 1770 and Classical Period.
  • Romantic, Late Romantic, and Impressionistic Periods.
  • Contemporary Period.

All repertoire will be decided in consultation with the student’s major professor according to the professor’s assessment of the needs and abilities of the individual student.

The jury examination will take place during exam week and will be 20 minutes in length. Repertoire will consist of two complete compositions chosen from any two groups listed above. All groups must be represented over the span of two juries. It is the prerogative of the faculty present to hear only portions of the repertoire as time allows. The student must complete a jury report/comment form for each faculty member present and bring it to his/her jury. This form will become a part of the student’s permanent record.

In order to complete the requirements for the Master of Music in Piano Performance the student must perform a complete public recital. The recital program should include major works representative of the various periods in piano literature. Repertoire will be decided in consultation with the student’s major professor. The recital should be at least 60 minutes of music.

At least two weeks prior to the scheduled recital date the student must successfully complete a recital approval.

Following the recital performance the student must provide a program, signed by his/her major professor, to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. A student who fails to complete this step cannot be certified for graduation.