Master of Music in Collaborative Piano

Department of Piano

Designed for students seeking thorough preparation for careers as chamber musicians, accompanists, and teachers. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in piano or its equivalent, substantial solo and ensemble repertoire, and  elementary proficiency in two languages (French, German, or Italian).


The Master of Music in Collaborative Piano requires a minimum of 35 credits. Coursework to include:

  • Private piano lessons as required
  • Piano Accompanying and/or Chamber Music
  • Interpretation of Songs
  • Piano Literature
  • Voice Literature
  • Musicology, Music Theory, and/or Composition
  • SMTD electives

Final Project

  • The presentation of three recitals of vocal and instrumental repertoire
  • Departmental examination including intermediate proficiency in reading and advanced proficiency in pronunciation of French, German, and Italian

Audition & Interview Dates

For requirement details, please see the Degree Requirements and Term-by-Term Layout for Current Students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the SMTD Graduate Application by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

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Christopher Harding Chair, performance
Matthew Bengtson piano literature, fortepiano
Amy I. Cheng chamber music
Katherine Collier performance, collaborative piano
John Ellis pedagogy and performance
Arthur Greene performance
Robert Grijalva piano technology
Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn piano pedagogy
Martin Katz collaborative piano, voice literature
Lydia Qiu coordinator of accompanying
Logan Skelton performance