Master of Music in Collaborative Piano
Time of day and term options for completing this degree:
- Courses are available during the day
- Courses are normal (16 week) terms
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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.
Graduate Admission Standards for MM in Music
Students are required to meet the following prerequisites for admission to the program:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Official undergraduate transcripts.
- Two Conservatory recommendation forms.
- An audition for performance and instrumental collaborative piano majors; a portfolio of three original compositions and, if available, recordings for composition majors.
- For international students who have not graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States, a satisfactory TOEFL score (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based) along with an International Transcript Evaluation and a course equivalency report must be provided.
M.M. Degree Completion Requirements
- Complete the degree in four calendar years from the date on a student’s initial registration or be held to any new degree requirements.
- Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- Complete 36 credits of music courses, including four semesters of applied music study (16 credits, 20 credits for pianists), four academic music courses (12 credits), four semesters of Performance Forum (0 credit), various performance requirements (a full recital, a concerto performance, a chamber work performance – each 0 credit), participate in two January Terms (0 credit) and pass a comprehensive exam (0 credit) given near the conclusion of degree study. String, wind, brass and percussion students are required to complete four semesters of large ensemble (4 credits), four semesters of small ensemble (4 credits) and perform a mock audition (0 credit). Piano students are required to complete four semesters of small ensemble (4 credits) and perform a sight reading jury for pianists (0 credit).
- Pass proficiency exams in music history and music theory.
M.M. in Instrumental Collaborative Piano
|Degree Sequence Plan
||Applied Instrument: MM
||Advanced Collaborative Piano Literature I||2|
|MUP 527||Advanced Collaborative Piano Literature II||2|
|MUP 529||Piano Pedagogy||3|
|MUP 601||Seminar in Collaborative Piano I||1|
|MUP 602||Seminar in Collaborative Piano II||1|
|MUP 603||Collaborative Piano: Practicum||8*|
|MUR 501||Performance Forum||0|
|MUR 600||Graduate Recital
|MUR 601||Comprehensive Exam||0|
|MUS 511||Small Ensemble||4|
|MUG, MUH, MUT 500+||Music Academic Elective||3***|
Juries are held in the spring semester and collaborative piano students are required to participate in one jury during their degree program.
* M.M. students: Five documented hours per week. Candidates will complete two semesters of string practicum and one each of woodwinds and bras/percussion in no predetermined order. Assignments will include participation in lessons, master classes and studio class as assigned by teacher.
**Students will be required to perform two complete student collaborative recitals.
***Music Academic Electives may be selected form the following courses: MUG 580 Music Entrepreneurship, MUH 530 Bibliography and Research Skills, MUH 562, 563, 566, 568 Seminars in Music History (various topics),and MUT 570 Analytical Techniques of Music.