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Master of Music in Collaborative Piano

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

The Master of Music in Collaborative Piano will help you refine your ensemble performance skills. The curriculum provides a foundation of studies in performance and interpretation supported by a knowledge base in historical and analytical areas. You will have one-on-one study with a major piano professor throughout each program and advanced instrumental and vocal students are also available for collaborative performing opportunities.

You will learn:

  • vast repertoire for piano chamber music (with instruments) and piano/vocal repertoire
  • enhanced skills working with other musicians in rehearsal and performance settings
  • many “dialects” (styles of music from early Baroque to the most recent 21st century), vocal repertoire (French, German, British/American, etc.), language diction and the history of chamber music with piano
  • a wide range of instrumental and vocal techniques and timbres, and learn how these combine with each other and the piano to create the sound palettes
  • skills in effective recital/concert program building

Our degree prepares you for orchestral playing, vocal studio and recital accompanying, opera coaching and rehearsal accompanying, teaching (both private and university level), choral accompanying and directing, chamber music performing, artistic management, performance with music festivals, and vocal coaching if you pursue your DMA.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

You’ll gain a number of skills that translate beyond performance including the ability to think for yourself as a musician, understand a healthy approach to technique, develop skills in self-promotion, communicate and reach out to the broader community and learn effective program building for performances.

What makes our program unique?

You’ll benefit from the professional artistic level of the faculty for studio accompanying and chamber music experiences. 

Shenandoah’s student/teacher ratio is especially low, allowing you to develop strong, supportive professional relationships with professors. This enables the positive guidance and mentoring critical for young career-oriented musicians. These relationships often continues after graduation, where students benefit from teachers who remain mentors and friends for life.

Our program includes a special ensemble class that emphasizes the performance of piano duet and duo repertoire.

Prepare for Your Career

You will have the opportunity to accompany and coach opera/musical theater rehearsals and performances, perform new music by Shenandoah Conservatory’s student and faculty composers and hear outstanding faculty performers and guest artists in on-campus recitals and concerts. There are numerous performance opportunities with advanced singers and instrumentalists earning master’s and doctorate performance degrees.

There are national and international competition opportunities under the guidance of your applied professor.

As an “All-Steinway School,” you will have access to the best available new grand pianos in reserved practice rooms, rehearsal rooms, teaching studios and concert spaces. Shenandoah also has a full-time Steinway Piano technician in charge of maintaining these fine instruments.

The Shenandoah faculty has strong, personal and professional connections with many of the major summer music festivals, as well as the other top schools of music and teachers throughout the world, so professional networking is readily accessible to you.

Course Requirements

Master of Music in Collaborative Piano 2012-2013

Major Area 
AP** 502 Applied Music (2) 
AP** 502 Applied Music (2) 
AP** 602 Applied Music (2) 
AP** 602 Applied Music (2) 
MUPP 640 Master’s Performance Recital (2) 
MUPP 640 Master’s Performance Recital (second completion) (2)

Support Courses 
CONR 601 Bibliography and Research (3)
Prerequisite: MUTC 501 and MUTC 502 must be taken 
if not taken in undergraduate study. This will fulfill elective category. 
MUTC 520 Graduate Theory Seminar 1 (2) 
MUTC 530 Graduate Theory Seminar 2 (2) 
MULT Music Literature Elective (2) 
MULT Music Literature Elective (2) 
MULT Music Literature Elective (2)

5 credits- Ensemble credits limited to 4