Master of Music in Piano Performance

Piano Students

Piano at U.H. Manoa

The Music Department offers a Master of Music in Piano Performance (MM).

Our Master of Music in Piano Performance offer pianists intensive training for performing careers as soloists, chamber musicians and collaborative artists, and provides qualifications for post-secondary and private studio teaching. The culminating experience for the degree is a full-length memorized public recital.

The Piano Faculty consists of Dr. Jonathan Korth, Dr. Thomas Yee, Bichuan Li, Rosy Wang and Wendy Yamashita. We are dedicated to achieving the highest academic, artistic and professional standards for our students.

Performance opportunities at UHM are plentiful. The piano faculty offers studio classes where all piano majors meet weekly in Orvis Auditorium to perform for each other in a friendly and nurturing environment for constructive feedback. Piano repertory labs are lunch time recitals that are open to the public. Pianists are also encouraged to compete in our annual University of Hawai'i Concerto Competition for an opportunity to perform a concerto with the University of Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Students may enroll and participate in many ensembles. Piano related ensembles include Chamber Music, Piano Vocal Collaboration, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. The University of Hawai'i's Music Department is also well known for its numerous Pacific and Asian ensembles.

Our recently renovated and spacious practice rooms are climate and humidity controlled, featuring many new Steinway and Petrov pianos providing piano students ample time for practice.

Our piano students have opportunities to engage in Honolulu's vibrant piano scene. The Honolulu Symphony, Honolulu Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Hawaii, and other arts organizations regularly engage noteworthy pianists. Students are encouraged to become members of the Hawaii Piano Teachers Association (HPTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Hawaii Music Teachers Association (HMTA), who organize an annual state convention as well as a biennial Pianomania, a multi-piano collaborative event.

In addition to piano studies, the University of Hawai'i Music Department provides training in applied music, music theory, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, and conducting.

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Additional Information for Out-of State Piano Students (American Citizens)

For information on establishing residency in Hawaii for tuition purposes, visit the UHM Undergraduate Admissions website.

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Language Requirement: None

course credits
410 Ensemble (1), in major area 2-4
661 Bibliography & Library Resources in Music 3
600D Seminar in Music Literature 3
635 Graduate-Level Applied Music (3 ea.) 6-9
636 Graduate Recital (v) - full recital required 3-6
680D Studies in Music Theory: Advanced Analysis 3
five to seven credits in related courses 5-7
Minimum Number of Credits 30
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