Apr 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Piano, M.M.

Master of Music

The Hartt School offers a variety of majors within the Master of Music degree program. Curricula are designed to elevate student accomplishments to the highest possible professional levels. Applicants for this degree will usually have completed a bachelor’s degree in music from an NASM-accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school. The Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to decide if and when students have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants may be required to take a special examination to determine their level or preparation for one of Hartt’s degree programs.

Specific Undergraduate Prerequisites for the Following Programs:

Choral Conducting

Score reading
Figured bass realization
Keyboard skills
Tonal counterpoint

Music History

A minimum of 15 credits in music history and literature
A thorough background in European history

Music Theory

Tonal harmony and counterpoint
Tonal and post-tonal form and analysis
Instrumentation and orchestration
Keyboard skills and score reading

All curricula for the Master of Music require a minimum of 36 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. These credits normally are earned during four semesters of full-time study (minimum of 9 credits per semester, maximum of 13 credits); however, part-time study is possible. A maximum of 16 credits of studio or private lessons may count toward the degree. Normally, performance majors must complete two recitals for noncredit. Up to 4 credits in chamber music may be earned toward the degree, excluding Conducting. The thesis, if required, may be begun during the last (fourth) semester of full-time study or after the successful completion of 30 credits. The degree must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

Total credits for degree: 40-42

Major Area Piano (26 credits)

2 credits from the following:

Other Studies (14 credits)


  • Electives 0 credit(s)

Additional course requirements

Additional graduate course requirements if not completed previously at Hartt or equivalent courses at another university (advisor approval):


1Two recitals must be passed for a total of 2 credits in order to complete the program. Consult with your advisor.

2Requires permission from Program Chair or Division Director.

3HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613  (Graduate Music History Reviews) must be taken first if required per placement exam. These courses do not fulfill the requirements in music history.

4The following courses may be substituted for TH 553  without a waiver substitution: TH 550 , TH 551 , TH 552 , TH 555 , TH 560 , TH 570 , TH 635 , TH 670 .

5TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613  (Graduate Music Theory Reviews) must be taken first if required per placement exam. These courses, as well as TH 614 , do not fulfill requirements in music theory.

6APC 520  and APC 523  are not required if APC 420 and 423 have been completed at The Hartt School or if similar courses have been completed at another college.

HLM 611 , HLM 612 , HLM 613 , and TH 611 , TH 612 , TH 613 , and TH 614  do not fulfill requirements in music history or music theory.