Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in music education; major instrument in the keyboard area
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in composition; secondary instrument in the keyboard area
  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in performance

note: BM students may opt to double-concentrate in two of the programs listed above (performance and music education, performance and composition, or composition and music education).

Instruments Taught

  • Piano
  • Organ


The Mason Gross keyboard program is designed to provide the highest level of training to young artists and to help them develop the skills needed for a variety of careers in music. Students work closely with members of our distinguished faculty to refine their craft and develop as musicians. The small size of our program helps to ensure a personalized education for each student as well as a communal atmosphere. The unique nature of Mason Gross enables students to have the advantages of a professionally-oriented conservatory program and still benefit from the many advantages of a large university.

The undergraduate curriculum centers on individual private lessons, a rigorous music theory and ear training sequence, as well as a variety of courses in music history and ethnomusicology. The student’s study is further supplemented by chamber music, pedagogy, accompanying classes and a large offering of liberal arts courses. Additionally, students benefit from the weekly meeting of a Music Assembly, where master classes, guest lectures and other seminars take place in a supportive and nurturing environment. This comprehensive education ensures that students who progress through the undergraduate program are well-rounded artists who will be able to succeed in a variety of capacities in the musical world.

The graduate program is designed for students who have fully committed to a life in music and are focused on honing their craft before embarking on a professional career. In addition to private study, students are able to choose from a variety of specialized courses in music history and music theory. DMA students are also trained to pursue the highest level of academic scholarship in addition to musical excellence. Scholarships are available to both MM and DMA students. There are also numerous opportunities to work on campus, including as a faculty at Rutgers Community Arts and as a Staff Accompanist.


Head of Keyboard: Daniel Epstein
Coordinator of Keyboard: Robert Grohman
John Perry (Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Piano)
Renée Anne Louprette (Coordinator of Organ)

Guest Artists

The school has hosted a long list of distinguished artists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Richard Goode, Jerome Lowenthal, among many others. Most recently, the piano program has organized residencies, which brought Pavlina Dokovska and Alan Feinberg to campus. During these residencies students in the piano program participated in masterclasses and private lessons with the artists. Students in the organ program have performed in master classes with celebrated guest teachers Kimberly Marshall and William Porter (in improvisation), and have collaborated with Dutch composer Ad Wammes in performances of his works.

Performance Opportunities

Students may perform in the many concerts and recitals organized by the piano program. In addition to regular studio classes, music assemblies and annual concerto competitions, pianists perform in such renowned settings as Steinway Hall, the New York Public Library and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In recent years, the piano program has celebrated the anniversaries of Grieg, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy with student performances at Carnegie Hall. Organ students perform in studio recitals throughout the academic year on the number of distinguished instruments housed on the university campus. In addition, the New York City and Philadelphia areas are home to many of the most notable pipe organs in the country. Rutgers University organ students have the opportunity to perform on distinguished recital series and collaborate in a variety of ways with the American Guild of Organists (AGO) chapters in these major metropolitan areas.

While there is a thriving musical life on campus, the regular access to the highest level of excellence in music-making is a necessary supplement to a comprehensive music education. Our proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton, affords students both professional opportunities and access to world-class musical events unlike anywhere else. These opportunities include the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Great Artists Series at Lincoln Center and the Keyboard Virtuoso Series at Carnegie Hall.


The list of our distinguished alumni and current piano students include Vladimir Valjarevic (piano faculty at Mannes College of Music and Mason Gross), Alexander Beridze (Winner of Cincinnati World Piano Competition and Founder and Director of New York Piano Festival), Miao Hou (Winner of Virginia Warings and Iowa International Piano Competition), Diyi Tang (Artistic Director of INC Music Festival and prizewinner of multiple competitions), Wael Farouk (piano faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University),  Lachlan Glen (pianist and coach at Metropolitan Opera Lindenmann Young Artist Program), and Eunshik Park (professor of piano at Youngnam University in South Korea, who recently released a recording of Chopin's Nocturnes).

For more information about our program, contact our chair of keyboard program, Daniel Epstein.