Instrumental Collaborative Piano

Lisa LeonardLisa Leonard, Instrumental Collaborative Piano Department Head 

The instrumental collaborative piano program at Lynn is truly unique.

We are the only program in the United States with a purely instrumental focus.

Available in the Master of Music degree or Professional Performance Certificate programs to six highly qualified candidates.

This highly selective program has been created for the graduate student who wishes to immerse themselves in the instrumental and chamber repertoire. In addition to weekly lessons and a bi-monthly studio class, the collaborative practicum is the cornerstone of the program. The intimate size of the conservatory makes it possible to guarantee exposure to every instrument and studio. Students will spend two semesters in strings, one in woodwinds, and one in brass and percussion during which they will play lessons, studio classes, master classes, Performance Forum, juries and recitals. Assignments are made thoughtfully, paying careful attention to individual artistic strengths and repertoire deficiencies.

Chamber Music study is a fundamental component in the development of the collaborative artist. Students will be placed in a chamber group every semester and will be encouraged to form additional groups that will be featured in the required degree recitals designed by the candidates themselves. Additionally, the yearly departmental recital will provide a platform for studio performance projects, such as the complete Beethoven Sonatas as well as the extraordinary opportunity to perform with members of the faculty.

Supplemental course work includes the innovative Seminar in Collaborative Piano, a yearlong performance/lecture course addressing a wide range of practical, performance and pedagogical issues through lectures and demonstrations given by the instrumental faculty and master classes by guest artists. Collaborative Piano Literature will further the students knowledge of the fundamental repertoire of each instrument in addition to an in depth survey of the keyboard chamber works.

The collaborative piano department head, Lisa Leonard is joined by the entire conservatory faculty in creating a supportive, focused and inspiring environment in which students will develop and fine tune the skills required of a successful collaborative artist. Please contact Lisa Leonard with any questions about the program or audition process.

Degree Sequence Plan
Semesters Credits
Applied lessons
4 3
Practicum in Collaborative Piano* 4 2
Seminar in Collaborative Piano I/II 2 1
Advanced Collaborative Piano Literature I/II** 2 2
Piano Pedagogy
Elective (History/Theory/Entrepreneurship)** 2 3
Chamber Music/Small Ensemble 
4 1
Recital (2 for M.M.; 3 for P.P.C.) 2 0
Jury 1 0
Performance Forum 4 0
Total Credits   39

*M.M. students: Five documented hours per week; PPC students: Six hours per week. 
** M.M. only