Search Roosevelt University

Master's in Piano (MM)

Our world-renowned piano faculty, comprised of distinguished pedagogues and some of today's most pre-eminent concert artists, offers the highest quality of teaching. The type of students we cultivate become more experienced performers, but also learn to explore their creativity and have a more informed sense of the historical and philosophical context behind the music. Students learn how music works in conjunction with art and literature, become acquainted with historical performance practice, develop a hunger to discover excellent contemporary music, and most importantly, develop their own individual artistry and musical vision.

Dev Placeholder

Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's

In the first half of the 20th century, Rudolph Ganz, legendary pianist, conductor and pedagogue, built the Piano Studies program at the Chicago Musical College (now the Chicago College of Performing Arts - CCPA) to extraordinary heights. The many years in which he taught firmly established his legacy as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He established a vision that continued the great musical traditions of the past while exploring the music of his time. Contemporary music played an integral part of his musical life as he introduced composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Bartok to American audiences.

Today, the piano program builds upon the rich foundations long associated with Maestro Ganz Forging its own distinct path in this new century, the program is adapting to changing circumstances in an ever-evolving classical music world. While continuing Ganz's spirit of exploration and visions of furthering the art form through the music of the present, the program maintains its focus on integrity and excellence: embracing and revering the master composers of previous centuries, for they provide the eternal nourishment and spark that fuels the entire art form.

What Differentiates Us

Opportunities Galore

Opportunities Galore

Guest artist master classes, workshops, performance festivals, and school sponsored competitions provide extra opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in.

Unique Opportunity for International Students

Unique Opportunity for International Students

Our strong and varied body of international piano students is further served by our unique English language program, which allows non-native English speakers to study English and piano intensively, to prepare them for entrance into the full MM curriculum.

Expectations & Requirements


  • Establish a foundation in historical and practical understanding of the musical language and evolution of music
  • Development of musicianship and reading skills


"Ideally located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Roosevelt University is situated within easy walking distance of the Chicago Symphony, the Art Institute and Lyric Opera. Being in one of the world's most exciting cities, there are ample opportunities for our pianists to network, to perform in a variety of venues, and attend concerts of the highest echelon of performers. We offer a weekly performance seminar, which allows for students to play frequently in front of their peers, while faculty engage them in discussions on a large variety of pianistic and musical issues."

Winston Choi
​Head of Piano Program and Associate Professor, Piano, Roosevelt University

Piano Audition Requirements

All repertoire to be performed from memory. Sight reading will be required at all auditions.

Freshman & Sophomore transfers (BM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Three-Part Invention or a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • The first movement of a sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Music Education (BM)

  • A Two-Part Invention or another more difficult work by J.S. Bach
  • A first or last (Allegro) movement of a Mozart, Haydn, or early Beethoven sonata (through Opus 28)
  • A shorter piece by a composer of the Romantic or Impressionist school. In addition to the instrumental audition, piano applicants must present a short vocal audition for the Chair of the Music Education department.

Junior transfers (BM)

  • A work by J.S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • An Etude by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov or Scriabin or a piece of a virtuosic nature
  • A significant work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Senior transfers (BM) or Graduate (MM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A significant work by a Romantic composer
  • A significant work by a 20th Century Composer

Performance Diploma

  • A minimum of four complete major works representing four stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century.
  • At least one of these must be a multi-movement work.
Learn more about CCPA admission