Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller
The Collaborative Piano program at UMD approaches musical collaboration as a distinct and vital component of the landscape of professional musicianship now and in the future. The Master of Music (MM) in prepares students for ever-growing career opportunities as accompanists and chamber musicians, as well as providing them with the tools for teaching accompanying and/or chamber music. Grounded in music history, theory, pedagogy and literature, as well as performance-focused coursework, the program offers young musicians the performance experience with a wide range of instruments and voices, as well as the opportunity to play in large ensembles and in operatic settings.
The Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano is a 30 credit program which focuses on accompanying and chamber music, collaborating with a wide range of instruments and voice, plus the opportunity to play in large ensembles and in operatic settings.
For a full description of our programs, what they offer and how they are constructed, please download and view our Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook which includes information about each degree option from start to finish, including audition requirements for each instrument and voice type.
Those applying for the MM in Music Collaborative Piano must submit and/or complete the following:
- A Department of Music Graduate Study Application
- A three- to five-page paper addressing current issues in music performance to be used as a professional writing example
- Two letters of reference from professional colleagues or supervisors describing the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate music program
- An entrance performance audition on the candidate’s major instrument or voice, arranged with the applied professor in your area. A DVD or Web based link to a video may be accepted as a substitute for the live audition upon approval of the faculty and Director of Graduate Studies. Register for your audition.
- Solo Piano Piece
- Movement of an Instrumental Chamber Piece (suggested literature: outer mvmt. of any Brahms or Beethoven duo sonata)
- Art Song/Aria Repertoire (suggested literature: songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Faure, Debussy, Barber, Rorem; arias from the Schirmer Opera Anthology, ed. Larsen)
- Sight-reading from instrumental and/or vocal repertoire
Complete the Music audition registration. Audition dates for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, January 19, 2019*
Saturday, February 23, 2019*
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
*Priority Audition Dates for Graduate Assistant-ships and Scholarship funding
Students unable to appear on these dates may arrange for a different day or time by contacting;
Scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistant-ships are available for graduate students.