The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music seeks to educate, engage, and energize its student body in a dynamic program that integrates classroom learning with real world performance, research, and teaching.

Our variety of undergraduate and graduate majors allows each student to find his or her niche and to develop and grow into professional performing musicians, scholars, educators and composers who are ready for a 21st century musical career.

With approximately 300 music students, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music maintains a wonderful, diverse community for new students within the context of a medium-sized university. Students form relationships with their peers;  these friendships become professional contacts during careers in the arts. With students from Washington, D.C., around the United States and throughout the world, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is a place of nurturing, growth, and diversity that welcomes students to its doors.

Prerequisites and Entrance Requirements

Acceptance as a graduate student by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is required. The applicant must have extensive performance and teaching experience after receiving a master's degree from an accredited institution in piano performance. The applicant must submit the following to the advisory committee: 1. as stated in the Admission Process section above, four letters of recommendation, including two from professional colleagues, not teachers of the applicant, attesting to the applicant's past and potential ability as a concert performer and teacher; 2. programs of performances and reviews, if available; 3. complete description of teaching experiences; 4. completed repertoire and professional experience record, obtainable at: The applicant must successfully complete the following entrance requirements: 1. a public recital of a program selected by the D.M.A. committee from works on the applicant's repertoire and professional experience record; 2. written placement examinations (two hours each) in (a) music history, (b) music theory.

The contents of the public recital, determined by the advisory committee from repertoire proposed by the candidate, are to be communicated to the applicant by the committee not less than 30 days in advance of the recital date. The applicant is responsible for the overall quality of the performance on this and all other recitals required for the degree. Entrance recitals and placement and entrance examinations are given during the first and second semester registration periods. An interview with the committee takes place after the examinations are completed.

Program of Study

Based on the results of the entrance examinations, the advisory committee, in conference with the student, will arrange a program of study of 54 to 72 hours beyond the master's degree. The courses and repertoire to be completed as part of the degree requirements will be communicated to the student in writing.

Piano Policy

Dr. Ivo Kaltchev is head and adviser for graduate students in piano performance at The Catholic University of America.