Piano Performance

Piano Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
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 degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Audition Requirements

  • The applicant will perform three pieces from contrasting style periods (e. g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth-Century). The selections must be memorized. If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your audition selections, please contact Dr. Reynerson.
  • There will be sight-reading at the audition as well
  • Please bring your repertoire list to the audition, including solo and collaborative works. Indicate on the list which of these works you have publically performed.
  • To schedule an audition please contact Dr. Reynerson.  (The audition does not necessarily need to be on the dates advertised for the undergraduate auditions.)

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements


Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8) 
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3) 
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)
ConcentrationPerformance Concentration (Code: 558M)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32
  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings 

Courses offered each Fall Semester: 

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians 
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style 
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only) 

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 up to $8,500.