Collaborative Piano M.Mus.

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A NEW PATH IN MUSIC . . . This degree is intended to lead to employment as an accompanist, chamber music player, or teacher of accompanying and/or chamber music.

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 focusses 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.

Please see the website for the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota Duluth for information on application at All applications are processed online.

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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.

 Collaborative Piano 2 year sequence of courses (odd year)

 Collaborative Piano 2 year sequence of courses (even year)

Audition Requirements:

  1. Solo Piano Piece
  2. Movement of an Instrumental Chamber Piece (suggested literature: outer mvmt. of any Brahms or Beethoven duo sonata)
  3. Art Song/Aria Repertoire (suggested literature: songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Faure, Debussy, Barber, Rorem; arias from the Schirmer Opera Anthology, ed. Larsen)
  4. Sightreading from instrumental and/or vocal repertoire

Audition Dates:

Complete the Music application. Audition dates for the 2018-2019 academic year will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, October 14, 2017*

Saturday, January 27, 2018*

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

*Priority Audition Dates for Teaching Assistant-ships and Scholarship funding

Students unable to appear on these dates may arrange for a different day or time by contacting;

Dee Charles at | 218-726-7890

Please call 218-726-7890 or email with questions regarding the application or scholarship audition process.

Scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistant-ships are available for graduate students.

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