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Master of Music in Chamber Music, Piano

The application deadline for most 2023-24 programs was December 1. See the Graduate Admissions page for specific degree application deadlines.

Designed for students seeking specialized education in the collaborative techniques, communication methods, and career/life skills needed for a chamber music and collaborative piano career. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in piano or its equivalent, along with substantial experience performing solo and ensemble repertoire.

Curriculum

The Master of Music in Chamber Music: Piano requires a total of 30 credits. Coursework to include: minimum 8 credits of major instrument minimum 4 credits piano chamber music piano accompanying & duo repertoire courses minimum 8 credits of non-performance music courses, including survey of piano chamber music literature minimum 4 credits chosen from the following courses: Early Music Ensemble, Mixed Chamber Music, Chamber Music, Chamber Arts Collective, Vocal Chamber Music, Digital Music Ensemble, Electronic Chamber Music, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Creative Arts Orchestra, Small Jazz Ensemble

Final Project:

Final Project Two final projects
duo performance (minimum 60 min. of music): performance of duo works for piano and other instrument
chamber music performance (minimum 60 min. of music): performance should include a variety of chamber music showing programmatic and stylistic depth and breadth including at least two complete works and at least one world premiere or alternative approved by the Chair of Chamber Music. Students may elect to pursue a double-major in Chamber Music & Performance, which may be completed in two years.

Courses

SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.

Silent Advisor

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

Faculty


Matt Albert

Chair of Chamber Music and Associate Professor of Music

Amy I-Lin Cheng

Assistant Professor of Music
Collaborative Piano, Piano Chamber Music Coordinator

Joseph Gascho

Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Stearns Collection
Early Music Chamber Coordinator, Harpsichord

David Jackson

Professor of Music
Brass Chamber Music Coordinator, Trombone

Amy I-Lin Cheng

Assistant Professor of Music
Collaborative Piano, Piano Chamber Music Coordinator

Martin Katz

G. Koldofsky Distinguished University Professor; Earl V. Moore Collegiate Professor in Music; Artur Schnabel Collegiate Professor in Piano
Collaborative Piano

Performance Opportunities

The thriving chamber music scene at SMTD offers students nearly limitless options to perform, innovate, and collaborate in small, self-driven, and diverse ensembles.

  • Small ensembles from the traditional to the new.
  • Mixed ensembles including any combination of strings, winds, piano, percussion, and voice
    ensembles studying different styles: roots music, improvisation, commissions, and more.
  • Chamber Arts Ensemble, an advanced course providing a nose-to-tail experience of putting on mixed media events.

Competition Opportunities

Launched in 2014, with guest judges selecting winners from groups representing the breadth of SMTD’s chamber music offerings, the Briggs Competition is open to any instrumentation/voice types in unconducted groups of 3-10 members. Every member of an entering group must be enrolled at the University of Michigan in the winter semester of the competition.

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Most applications for 2022-2023 are due by December 1 - check the details on degree information pages.

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