Piano Performance

Piano Performance Faculty

Dr. Rodney Reynerson
Keyboard Area Coordinator
Professor of Piano
Room 416, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6466
Dr. Bair Shagdaron
Professor of Piano
Room 414, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6465

Mission Statement

The Master of Music in Performance degree in the Hayes School of Music is based on the pillars of performance, entrepreneurship, scholarship and pedagogy, relevance, and wellness. These fundamental pillars support musicians in developing versatility and leadership for successful and independent performance careers in the 21st century. Close mentorship between the student and the faculty is central to the program, which facilitates exceptional opportunities to excel in the art of music.

Degree Course Requirements


Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 to 35 - varies by concentration - see below. 

Course Requirements for students who entered the program before Fall 2022 can be found here.

Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (2+2+2+2 = 8)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend on concentration (2)
  • MUS 5120: Music Research for Performers (2)
  • MUS 5130: Seminar in Music History, Culture, and Analysis (4)
  • MUS 5140: Performers Symposium (1+1+1+1 = 4)
  • MUS 5150: Artist Portfolio (1)
  • MUS 5960: Community Engaged Performance (1)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (1)
ConcentrationPerformance Concentration (Code: 558M)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32
  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5022: Applied Area Pedagogy (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Recital Requirements

  • A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the applied area faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital. 
  • The recital will contain compositions from at least two style periods. The recital will consist of forty to fifty minutes of memorized solo literature. 
  • If the student chooses to give a lecture recital, at least twenty-five minutes should be memorized performance. 

Assistantships and Scholarships

View general Assistantship and Scholarship information

Piano Assistantships

Duties may include accompanying student recitals and ensembles.

The stipend for an academic year will be $8,500 for a 20-hour per week assistantship.